76% of healthcare professionals in India use digital health records: Report
New Delhi: India is a forerunner in the adoption of digital health technology with 76% of healthcare professionals in the country already using digital health records (DHRs) in their practice, reveals Royal Philips India findings of the 15-country Future Health Index (FHI) 2019 report.... read more
CDC sounds alarm over deadly drug-resistant Salmonella
A deadly strain of Salmonella that has sickened more than 250 people may not respond to the antibiotics commonly prescribed to treat the foodborne infection, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published on Thursday, the CDC said that from June 2018 to March 2019, 255 people in 32 states were infected with the strain, with 60 being hospitalized and two dying from the infection.... read more
Four-in-one pill prevents third of heart problems
A daily pill containing four medicines can cut the number of heart attacks and strokes by a third, a study shows. The polypill contains blood-thinning aspirin, a cholesterol-lowering statin and two drugs to lower blood pressure.
The study, published in the Lancet, was based in more than 100 villages in Iran and about 6,800 people participated.... read more
Air pollution linked to psychiatric illness
Poor air quality is associated with higher rates of several psychiatric disorders, new research suggests.
Analyzing large datasets from the United States and Denmark, investigators found significant correlations between air pollution and bipolar disorder in both countries and between air pollution and depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorder in Denmark.... read more
Risk of colon but not rectal cancer tied to past antibiotic use
Oral antibiotic use was associated with a small increase in risk of colon cancer but not rectal cancer in a large case-control study of British patients.
The findings from nearly 30,000 cancer patients and 137,000 controls further underscore the need for judicious use of antibiotics, Cynthia L. Sears, MD, of John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues wrote online in Gut. Participants who developed colon cancers were slightly... read more
TNF inhibitors linked to higher weight, BMI in psoriasis patients
Biologic therapies - particularly tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) - are associated with increases in body weight (BW) and BMI in psoriasis patients, according to a new systematic review.
The researchers reviewed six studies including 862 patients with psoriasis. Average BW and BMI were significantly higher in patients on TNFi compared with those on conventional therapy... read more
Blood pressure around age 40 tied to brain size at age 70
Higher and rising blood pressure in early middle age was associated with brain volume and white matter brain lesions later in life, a longitudinal study in Britain showed.
High blood pressure (=140/90 mmHg) and large increases in blood pressure from ages 36 to 53 were tied to smaller brain volume and more white matter hyperintensities around age 70,... read more