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25-08-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Caveat for blood pressure treatment in chronic kidney disease

Physicians should keep a close eye on diastolic blood pressure when attempting to reduce systolic blood pressure in patients who have chronic kidney disease, research suggests.

20-08-2013 | Mental health | Article

Bipolar subtype upsets treatment guideline congruence

Most patients with bipolar disorder are receiving treatment in line with current guidelines, Canadian researchers report, but the use of antidepressants during hypomanic episodes is a significant caveat.

18-08-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Unstable blood pressure may have cognitive consequences in the elderly

Increased visit-to-visit blood pressure variability is associated with impaired cognition in elderly patients with risk factors for cardiovascular disease, shows a secondary analysis of a randomized, controlled trial.

14-08-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Practice characteristics influence spirometry use

Researchers in Denmark have identified general practice characteristics that influence the likelihood for spirometry upon prescription of medication for obstructive lung disease.

11-08-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Long-term monitoring needed after hypertension in pregnancy

Women who develop hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are at increased risk for developing hypertension later in life, show findings from a large observational study.

11-08-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Need for greater COPD carer support

Research shows that family carers of patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cope differently to those of patients in the earlier stages of disease.

14-07-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Diabetic blood pressure target challenged

A long follow up of a large sample of community-based patients with diabetes suggests that the current guideline blood pressure targets may be too low.

07-07-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Primary care intervention boosts blood pressure control

An interprofessional educational program for primary care leads to marked improvements in patients’ blood pressure, a study shows.

23-06-2013 | Urology | Article

Sudden hearing loss raises ED alarm

Clinicans should be alert to the development of erectile dysfunction in patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss, say the authors of a population-based study from Taiwan.

16-06-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Mixed success for hypertension treatment algorithm

An algorithm for treating primary care patients with hypertension and dyslipidemia may help to reduce blood pressure, shows a randomized trial.

06-06-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Primary care could enhance COPD rehabilitation access

Pulmonary rehabilitation can be effectively delivered in primary care to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, say the authors of one of the largest studies to date of pulmonary rehabilitation programmes.

05-06-2013 | General practice | Article

Diuretic treatment linked to COPD steroid efficacy

Research shows that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease benefit the most from the addition of an inhaled corticosteroid to their bronchodilator therapy if they are receiving diuretics or show significant bronchodilator reversibility.

02-06-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Telemonitoring popular and effective for high blood pressure

Six months of telemonitoring with support from primary care physicians leads to significant reductions in patients’ self-measured blood pressure, shows a randomized trial published in the



02-06-2013 | Metabolism | Article

Primary care physicians boost prostate cancer BMD monitoring

A US study has found that rates of bone mineral density testing in men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy are highest among those whose primary care physician is involved in their care.

19-05-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Greater COPD guideline awareness needed in primary care

US study results show that primary care management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rarely conforms to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines.

12-05-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Keep a weather eye on blood pressure

Some people’s blood pressure may fluctuate in line with changes in the weather, say researchers.

08-05-2013 | Respiratory | Article

GOLD guidance adherence remains low in COPD

A US study has found that nearly half of all patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease do not receive treatment in accordance with Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines.

05-05-2013 | General practice | Article

Primary care pneumonia diagnosis effective

Study results published in the BMJ confirm that history-taking and physical examination alone allow general practitioners to accurately identify patients at high risk for pneumonia.

29-04-2013 | Respiratory | Article

COPD-asthma overlap ‘needs greater recognition’

More attention should be given to patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and concomitant asthma, after a study showed that nearly one-fifth of patients with COPD fall into this subtype.

29-04-2013 | Radiology | Article

New guidance on radioiodine therapy use after radiographic studies

Researchers have provided new evidence that could act as a guide for the use of radioiodine therapy after patients have undergone radiographic imaging studies that use iodine as a contrasting agent.