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Treatment-Resistant Hypertension: Assessing Predictors & Outcomes

Treatment-resistant hypertension appears to be common in patients with coronary artery disease and hypertension, highlighting the need for early recognition of at-risk patients.

Dealing With Diabetes & Depression

Rates of depression are significantly higher for patients with diabetes, especially those who are elderly, when compared with people without diabetes. About 20% to 30% of patients with diabetes suffer from clinically relevant depressive disorders. “Depression can worsen glycemic control in those with diabetes,” says Jason C.…

Treatment Trends for Type 2 Diabetes

Treatments for type 2 diabetes have grown in complexity, while older therapies continue to be replaced or supplemented by newer ones. Monitoring these patterns is critical as emerging research compares safety and effectiveness of newer therapies versus older treatments.

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MCI & AD: Searching for Protective Strategies

According to current data, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the sixth leading cause of mortality in the United States. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can occur as people age and may lead to the development of dementia or AD. Studies suggest that patients with MCI have a 10-fold increased risk of developing dementia when compared with those who are cognitively normal.…

Proactive Diagnosis of Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy can be a debilitating sleep disorder caused by the dysregulation of neurophysiological pathways that control the stability of sleep and wake states in patients. Narcolepsy has a worldwide prevalence of about 26 to 50 per 100,000 individuals. However, the disease is associated with high healthcare resource use, substantial functional limitations, and reduced employment and work productivity.…

Exploring the Rising Prevalence of Symptomatic Knee OA

The prevalence of knee pain and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) appears to have increased substantially over a span of more than 20 years. As rates of knee OA increase, greater vigilance is needed for providing the most appropriate therapies to treat the condition.

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Medicine 2064 With Dr. Daniel Kraft

Curing half of the world’s known cancers, granting movement to the paralyzed, preventing Alzheimer’s. Visionary medical expert Dr. Daniel Kraft believes all of this and more can happen by 2064. In this first film in our “Conversations with Tomorrow” series, take a glimpse at the future of medicine and its impact on our lives.…

Drug Wars in the Exam Room

"Though we should never deny appropriate medical treatment to a patient, this balancing act can be difficult, and we sometimes fail to differentiate between those in need from those selling a tale."

More Docs Denying Sales Rep Access

A new report from the global sales and marketing consulting firm ZS Associates indicates that—despite signs of leveling off—pharmaceutical sales rep access to physicians continues to steadily decline. Data on more than 240,00 prescribers showed that only 51% of  physicians/prescribers allow access to sales reps in 2014, down from 55% in 2013, from 65% in 2012, and 78% in 2009.…

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PSA Screening: More Harm Than Good

A new analysis presented at the European Cancer Conference 2013 adds fuel to the ongoing debate over whether routine prostate cancer screening reduces prostate cancer mortality. Overall, lead author Mathieu Boniol, MD, and colleagues found that the harms outweigh the benefits on a population level—which should further discourage the use of routine PSA testing for prostate cancer in the general population.…

Prediabetes in the United States

About one-third of American adults aged 20 or older had prediabetes in 2010, according to a report from the CDC. The report, available at www.cdc.gov/mmwr, notes that only 11% of adults in the United States with prediabetes were aware of their condition during 2009-2010.…

Peer Coaching Benefits Diabetes Care

When compared with usual care, peer health coaching appears to significantly improve diabetes control in low-income patients. A 6-month study found that A1C levels dropped by 1.07% for those who received coaching, compared with a 0.3% decreased rate for those receiving usual care.…

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