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CME with Dr KK
2nd January, 2018
Men and women have distinct CV reactions to mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia
  1. Women with restless legs syndrome are at higher risk for cardiovascular death, according to a new analysis of data from the large-scale Nurses' Health Study.
  2. Men and women have distinct cardiovascular reactions to mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia as per Mental Stress Ischemia Mechanisms and Prognosis Study. Women show greater peripheral vasoconstriction during mental stress, while men have greater hemodynamic responses.
  3. A slightly underactive thyroid gland, the low end of normal, can be the cause of infertility of unknown cause, according to findings of a cross-sectional study published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Nearly twice as many women with unexplained infertility (26.9%) had a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level greater than 2.5 mIU/L compared with control patients with normal fertility (13.5%) (P < .05), and on average, those with unexplained infertility showed higher than normal levels of TSH, which is usually elevated in women with underactive thyroid glands... read more
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An estimated 25,940 T/day of plastic waste is generated in the country

According to a study conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) 60 major cities of India, a total of around 4059 T/day of plastic waste is generated from these cities. Based on the above study it is estimated that plastic waste generated from entire country is around 25,940 T/day. It is further estimated that plastic waste generated varies from 3.10% (in Chandigarh) to 12.47% ( in Surat) of total Municipal Solid Waste generated.... read more

Practice Updates
Carfilzomib increases risk of CV events in multiple myeloma patients

A new study published December 28in JAMA Oncology has shown an increased risk of cardiovascular adverse events such as hypertension, heart failure, heart attacks, or arrhythmia in patients with multiple myeloma with carfilzomib....read more


MRI safe for legacy ICDs

A study published December 28, 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine has reported no long-term clinically significant adverse events with the use of MRI 1.5 Tesla in patients who had a legacy pacemaker or a legacy implantable cardioverter–defibrillator (ICD) system....read more


Single preoperative dose of antibiotic does not reduce risk of SSIs

Among patients undergoing surgery for removal of orthopedic implants used for treatment of fractures below the knee, a single preoperative dose of intravenous cefazolin compared with saline did not reduce the risk of surgical site infection (SSI) within 30 days following implant removal....read more


A new scientific statement on diabetic microvascular disease

A scientific statement on Diabetic Microvascular Disease has been published by the Endocrine Society in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The statement summarizes the types of injury/dysfunction that occur in the three classical diabetes microvascular target tissues,...read more


Study shows limited cardiac reserve in adults with type 2 diabetes

Impaired ventricular filling limits cardiac reserve during submaximal exercise in people with type 2 diabetes, says a study reported December 19 in Cardiovascular Diabetology. These individuals had a smaller increase in cardiac output during steady-state semi-recumbent exercise caused...read more


Timing of tea consumption relative to a meal affects bioavailability of iron

A 1-hour time interval between a meal containing iron and consumption of tea attenuates the inhibitory effects on iron absorption, suggests a trial conducted in healthy women from the UK and reported in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition....read more

 
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Cataract is a leading cause of blindness
About 81% of blindness or visual impairment occurs in those above the age of 50
 
New Delhi, Janary 1, 2018: India has the world’s highest proportion of blind people, about 12 million, and is home to a third of the world’s blind population. About 81% of blindness or visual impairment occurs in those above the age of 50. Among the various factors for blindness, cataracts form the single-largest factor. They account for about 63% of the total burden of vision impairment in the country. There are nearly 10 million people in need of cataract surgery in India.
 
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear eye lens. The vision through cloudy lenses resembles looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on a friend’s face.
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