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An Update on Secondary Stroke Prevention

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have updated guidelines for secondary prevention in patients with stroke or transient ischemic attack. The update includes new sections on nutrition and sleep apnea and revises other sections, including those concerning hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, carotid stenosis, and atrial fibrillation.

Preventing Complications of Diabetes

When managing patients with type 2 diabetes, clinicians should discuss preventive strategies that can help them avoid complications and possibly slow disease progression. Tools are available to help guide these conversations and perhaps improve long-term outcomes associated with the disease.

Depression & Mortality in Older Diabetics

Data indicate that patients with diabetes have almost double the risk of being depressed, when compared with those with­out the disease. Studies have assessed the link between depression and mortality among patients with diabetes, but the role of age in this association is still being explored.…

Teens With HIV: A Look at Treatment Trends

In recent years, the incidence of HIV infection has decreased for most age groups. Study results have shown that presenting to care earlier in the disease course can limit immune deterioration and HIV transmission. The CDC recommends that all people aged 13 and older be tested for HIV, a recommendation that appears to have made an impact on testing rates.…

Guidelines for Diagnosing OSA

Between 10% and 17% of Americans have moderate to severe sleep apnea, according to recent estimates. The prevalence of the condition has been increasing in recent years, due in part to the escalating obesity rate in the United States. However, an estimated 80% of those with sleep apnea remain undiagnosed.…

Assessing Asthma Control

The Asthma Control Test (ACT) has long been used as a quick survey to assess how well asthma symptoms are controlled among patients aged 12 and older, while the Childhood ACT (CACT) is used for such testing in younger children. More recently, the Asthma APGAR system has emerged as an alternative to ACT/CACT because of an implied ability to assess asthma control and reasons for inadequate control.…


Cancer Care as a Business Decision

Once again, this was a business decision dressed up to look like innovative care and backed up by BigHealth’s dominant market share.

The Ambulance Drone

Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones.…

Ebola: Are We Prepared?

"The CDC has done an excellent job passing its guidelines to ER’s and local health departments across the nation. But, these simply have not trickled down to those of us on the front lines."

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