• Three signs predict hypercalcemic crisis in hyperparathyroid patients

    on February 22nd, 2017
    AT THE ACADEMIC SURGICAL CONGRESS LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A triad of signs – elevated serum calcium, elevated parathyroid hormone, and a history of kidney stones – can predict hypercalcemic crisis among patients with hyperparathyroidism, a study showed. Patients who present with t[...]
  • Testosterone Trials’ cardiac, cognitive results disappoint

    on February 22nd, 2017
    FROM JAMA AND JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE Testosterone treatment may have beneficial effects on unexplained anemia or bone density in men with age-related low testosterone, but at the cost of an increase in coronary artery plaque and with no benefit on cognitive function, new research suggests. The resul[...]
  • Pheochromocytoma linked to higher risk of postop complications

    on February 21st, 2017
    AT THE ACADEMIC SURGICAL CONGRESS LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients with pheochromocytoma are likely to have preoperative comorbidities that predispose them to postoperative cardiopulmonary complications, leading to a longer length of stay and greater hospital charges. A 5-year nationa[...]
  • One-third of micropapillary thyroid cancer found to be multifocal

    on February 21st, 2017
    AT THE ACADEMIC SURGICAL CONGRESS LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Micropapillary thyroid carcinoma may not be as indolent as generally thought, according to the findings of a retrospective study of thyroidectomy cases. A review of 213 patients diagnosed with the cancer found that 34% of them [...]
  • Intraoperative PTH spikes may mean multigland disease

    on February 21st, 2017
    AT THE ACADEMIC SURGICAL CONGRESS SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Intraoperative spikes of parathyroid hormone don’t predict a failed parathyroidectomy, according to a retrospective study of patients who had the surgery for hyperparathyroidism. They should, however, raise the suspicion of m[...]
  • Overweight, obesity linked to pelvic organ prolapse risk

    on February 17th, 2017
    FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY Older age and parity are established risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse, but the role of obesity has not been precisely determined. Results from a new meta-analysis show that overweight and obese women are significantly more likely to experi[...]
  • Breakfast and weight loss

    on February 15th, 2017
    Eating breakfast is sometimes promulgated as a component of an effective weight loss strategy. Correlational studies have suggested that breakfast consumption is associated with lower body weight. As the thinking goes, breakfast promotes morning satiety, thus suppressing caloric intake later in the [...]
  • When to screen asymptomatic diabetics for CAD

    on February 15th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE CARDIOVASCULAR CONFERENCE AT SNOWMASS SNOWMASS, COLO. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The use of coronary artery calcium screening in the subset of asymptomatic diabetes patients at higher clinical risk of CAD appears to offer a practical strategy for identifying a subgroup in [...]
  • Osteoarthritis in hip or knee can increase diabetes risk

    on February 14th, 2017
    FROM THE CRA SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE Individuals who have osteoarthritis in the hip or knee are significantly more likely to develop diabetes than are people without the condition, according to findings from a population-based cohort study. The relationship between osteoarthritis (OA) and new-onset di[...]
  • AACE: Updated lipid guidelines include ‘extreme risk’ category

    on February 13th, 2017
    Updated lipid management guidelines include a category of “extreme risk” patients in whom LDL cholesterol should be lowered below 55 mg/dL, according to a summary by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology. Achieving such a low LDL-cholesterol [...]
  • Psoriatic arthritis raises diabetes risk

    on February 11th, 2017
    FROM THE JOURNAL OF RHEUMATOLOGY Psoriatic arthritis raises the risk of type 2 diabetes, and the risk correlates with higher disease activity, according to Canadian investigators. They reviewed 1,065 patients free of diabetes when they entered treatment at the University of Toronto psoriatic arthrit[...]
  • Rituximab is dramatically effective in IgG4-related disease

    on February 10th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE WINTER RHEUMATOLOGY SYMPOSIUM SNOWMASS, COLO. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Glucocorticoids remain the first-line therapy in immunoglobulin G4-related disease, but it’s essential to bear in mind that their long-term efficacy in this immune-mediated fibroinflammatory disease[...]
  • IgG4-related disease can strike any organ system

    on February 9th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE WINTER RHEUMATOLOGY SYMPOSIUM SNOWMASS, COLO. (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Progress in the understanding and treatment of immunoglobulin G4–related disease is occurring “at lightning speed,” John H. Stone, MD, said at the Winter Rheumatology Symposium sponsored by the [...]
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