March 2014

More on Catheter Ablation As First-line Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation

February 28, 2014

Cardiology

Study finds a lower rate of recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmias among patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation who underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation as a first-line treatment rather than taking antiarrhythmic drugs.

Testosterone Levels Tied to Sildenafil's Success in Diabetics With Hypogonadism

February 24, 2014

Endocrinology

Similar to its effect in non-diabetic patients with low testosterone, sildenafil citrate correlates with improvements in testosterone levels and erectile function among hypogonadal men with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Preventing the Spread of Vaccine-Preventable Disease Among Diabetic Patients

February 26, 2014

Infectious Disease

While the dangers of influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia in patient with diabetes are well understood, less known is the fact that diabetics are at increased risk for contracting hepatitis B if they share blood glucose meters, finger stick devices, or other diabetes-care equipment.

Joining the Group Improves Hypertension Control

February 27, 2014

Cardiology

Researchers associated with US Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers have examined the impact of group medical clinics on lipid control among patients with uncontrolled hypertension.

Osteoporosis Treatment May Be Useful in Brittle Bone Disease

February 26, 2014

Rheumatology

Although few treatment options are currently available for adult patients with brittle bone disease, a recent study found an anabolic treatment for osteoporosis also increases hip and spine bone mineral density in osteogenesis imperfecta patients, especially those with a milder form of the disorder.

How Obamacare Will Affect HIV/AIDS Prevention

March 05, 2014

Infectious Disease

Noting successful HIV/AIDS prevention efforts rely on early diagnosis, an analysis estimates that improved access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will increase the number of patients getting tested for HIV by nearly 500,000 over a 5-year period, though that impact would be amplified if all US states opted to expand Medicaid coverage.

Expanded Cancer Guidelines Now Include Lynch Syndrome Screening

March 04, 2014

Gastroenterology

At the beginning of Colon Cancer Awareness month, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network expanded its guidelines to include Lynch syndrome screening, which should dramatically increase the number of patients eligible for hereditary colon cancer testing.

Steps to Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery

February 25, 2014

Rheumatology

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 84% of wrong-site orthopedic surgery claims result in indemnity payments over a 10-year period, representing financially burdensome settlements.

New Cholesterol Treatment Guideline: A Q&A With Thomas Dayspring, MD, FACP, FNLA, NCMP

March 05, 2014

Quick Consult

Thomas Dayspring, MD, FACP, FNLA, NCMP, discusses the promises and pitfalls of the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults.