Snippets by Dr Monica Vasudeva
Diabetes cases projected to nearly double in next 25 years.
As per a study published in Nov. 27 in the journal Diabetes Care, diabetes cases will nearly double in the US in the next 25 years and the cost of treating the disease will almost triple
Rituximab seen as promising for type 1 diabetes. Nov. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has reported that arthritis and lymphoma medicine Rituxan [rituximab] cut the need for insulin treatment among patients with type 1 diabetes after a year.
Debate continues over cancer screenings.
There is growing evidence that cancer screenings are not always helpfuland can sometimes be harmful, according Lisa Schwartz and Steve Woloshin of the Veterans Affairs Outcomes Group. Experts have revised their recommendations over the years as they have learned more about cancer and the unintended side effects of treatment.
On Nov. 16, the 16 members of the independent US Preventive Services Task Force recommended that most women delay routine mammograms until age 50 (instead of 40, as the panel advised in 2002). AMA news reports that for its part, the American Medical Association did not issue a statement on the guidelines, but it has existing policy calling for annual mammograms starting at age 40.
Many medical students sustain needle stick injuries.
According to research appearing in the Dec. issue of the journal Academic Medicine, medical students often come in too close contact with needles, possibly putting them at risk for contracting HIV or hepatitis C. The survey of 699 surgeons in training at 17 general surgery residency programs, showed that almost 60 percent said they sustained a needle stick injury as a medical student, with many suffering two injuries.
CDC finds link between H1N1 and bacterial infections.
Federal health officials linked the H1N1 flu epidemic to a sharp rise in the number of severe bacterial infections. In a briefing with reporters, CDC flu specialist Dr. Anne Schuchat called the pattern worrisome, but said it had been anticipated as a result of previous pandemics. Use of the Pneumovax vaccine, which protects against 23 strains of the most common pneumonia bacteria, is routinely given to adults over 65.
Studies show health benefits of cutting carbon emissions.
Research published in the Lancet on Wednesday suggests that slashing carbon dioxide emissions could save millions of lives, mostly by reducing preventable deaths from heart and lung diseases. According to the studies in the Lancet, walking and cycling more, driving less, switching to cleaner burning stoves in developing countries and reducing meat and dairy consumption are among the easiest ways people can lower the output of carbon dioxide and methane gases that also curb the global disease burden.
Study finds rapid heartbeat may not indicate problems in people without heart disease.
While previous studies had found a link between nonsustained ventricular tachycardia, and sudden death in people who had prior heart attacks a new report, presented last week at an American Heart Association scientific session, suggests that people without underlying heart disease may have little to fear.
FDA approves seasonal flu shot.
FDA cleared Novartis seasonal flu vaccine Agriflu for sale. It is given as a single shot, and is approved for seasonal flu subtypes A and B in people age 18 and older.
Ranbaxy begins selling Valtrex generic in US.
Ranbaxy Laboratories, Ltd. began selling a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Valtrex [valacyclovir hydrochloride] drug in the US.
Job satisfaction high among pediatricians, geriatricians.
The happiest doctors care for children and the elderly, according to a study on physician job satisfaction published in BMC Health Services Research.
Most physicians do not discuss treatment costs with patients. Research suggests that while physicians and patients recognize cost is a significant factor for whether a patient will follow a given treatment, and that physicians know they should talk about cost, most visits omit that critical conversation. (according to a paper published in the Journal of Family Practice).