Physicians take on timely public health issues
In Days 2 and 3 of policymaking at the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting, delegates adopted a variety of policies on important issues affecting the health of patients across the country. Issues range from controlled LED lighting to safe provision of dry needling procedures to better training for hemorrhage control. Attorney ads on drug side-effects Late-night television is rampant with attorney ads that seek plaintiffs regarding complications from new medications. Potential complications are spoken about in an alarming way, and often, it is the first time the public learns about those potential complications and side effects. These ads describe only the lethal side effects and not the benefits of the medications that many patients have experienced—but this is not explained to the viewers. To protect the health of the public, physicians Tuesday adopted policy to advocate for a requirement that attorney commercials which may cause patients to stop using necessary medications to have appropriate and conspicuous warnings that patients should not discontinue medications without seeking the advice of their physician. “The onslaught of attorney ads has the potential to frighten patients and place fear between them and their doctor,” AMA Board Member Russell W. H. Kridel, MD, said in a news release. “By emphasizing side effects while ignoring the benefits or the fact that the medication is FDA approved, these ads jeopardize patient care. For many patients, sto...
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CONCLUSIONS: Although statistical significance was not reached, the efficacy of prasugrel was potentially different between stroke subtypes, warranting further studies. PMID: 32493881 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Publication date: Available online 5 June 2020Source: Best Practice &Research Clinical Obstetrics &GynaecologyAuthor(s): Michaela Jewson, Prashant Purohit, Mary Ann Lumsden
CONCLUSIONS In this Caribbean population, uncontrolled asthma was independently associated with obesity, late-onset disease, and comorbidities of sleep apnea and depression. Poor asthma-related quality of life was independently associated with Indo-Caribbean ethnicity. PMID: 32493146 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conclusion: A superior thyroid artery hemorrhage should be suspected if a patient develops delayed neck swelling with or without respiratory decompensation several days to weeks following an ACDF. Notably, these hematomas should be immediately recognized and treated (i.e., decompression starting at the bedside and completed in the operating room) to prevent catastrophic morbidity or mortality. PMID: 32494399 [PubMed]
Conclusion: Direct compression of ICA is rare complication of pituitary apoplexy, which caused cerebral ischemia. Conventional angiography should be necessary for accurate diagnosis and prompt surgical decompression should be the treatment of choice. PMID: 32494388 [PubMed]
Conclusion: Here, we discussed our findings regarding a lumbar EVP rather than a herniated disk and reviewed the current literature. Although rare, a higher index of suspicion for these vascular malformations based on combined historical information and MRI studies should allow one to better detect and/or anticipate an EVP rather than a routine disk. PMID: 32494381 [PubMed]
HOW TO sleep better: With many of us experiencing an increase in anxiety and depression during this lockdown, ensuring our bodies get the adequate amount of time to help us fight off infections and think more clearer has never been more important. However, according to research many Britons are battling to get the shuteye required. How can you ensure you sleep better, expert weighs in.
CONCLUSION: We conclude that visfatin in serum may be a new independent potential marker of AMI. PMID: 32495751 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
The objective of the study was to evaluate uterine electrical activity (EA) with EMG methods in pregnant women with complete placenta previa with preterm caesarean section (CS). This prospective study included 78 patients with complete placenta previa who were recorded for uterine EA activity from 32 to 34 weeks of gestation. The clinical and the uterine EMG burst characteristics, that are responsible for contractions, were compared between a preterm CS group (case group, n = 33) and an elective control group (control group, n = 45). The uterine EA burst duration was longer in the case gr...
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