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Is Aquablation an effective treatment for urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate?

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Benign prostatic hyperplasia | 0 comments

In a nutshell The authors analyzed the effectiveness of Aquablation compared to other treatments for patients with urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate. The authors concluded that Aquablation is probably as effective as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) in these patients. Some background An enlarged prostate may cause...

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Further surgery or non-surgical options for patients with remaining breast cancer after surgery

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study evaluated whether treating breast cancer that has not been completely removed with more surgery was more effective than non-surgical options such as chemotherapy. This study found that there was no difference in outcomes between treating with further surgery versus treating with a non-surgical option. Some...

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Prostate cancer: can we predict recurrence?

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Prostate cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study examined the biochemical recurrence (BCR) of prostate cancer after minimally invasive prostate surgery. This study concluded the risk of BCR of prostate cancer decreases as the number of years after surgery without the disease increases.  Some background One treatment option for patients with prostate...

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High dose vitamin D supplementation may be associated with improved colorectal cancer outcomes

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if high-dose vitamin D combined with chemotherapy improves outcomes in patients with metastatic (spread to other parts of the body) colorectal cancer. Researchers suggested that high-dose vitamin D was associated with an improved chance of survival. Some background Vitamin D is associated with the intake of...

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Initial management with aflibercept, laser photocoagulation or observation in patients with diabetic eye disease?

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Diabetes mellitus | 0 comments

In a nutshell This article investigated the rate of vision loss at 2 years among eyes with center involved-diabetic macular edema (CI-DME; vision loss in people with diabetes) initially managed with aflibercept (Eylea), laser photocoagulation (LP) or observation. The authors concluded that there was no significant difference in vision loss at 2...

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Is sitagliptin added to insulin safe and effective in elderly patients with type 2 diabetes?

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Diabetes mellitus | 0 comments

In a nutshell This article investigated the safety and effectiveness of sitagliptin (Januvia) in the management of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in elderly patients on insulin. The authors concluded that the addition of sitagliptin is effective and safe in all patients receiving it as add-on therapy to insulin.  Some background In type 2...

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Importance of vitamin D and dietary calcium in patients with hypertension.

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Hypertension | 0 comments

In a nutshell This article investigated the association between dietary calcium intake, vitamin D levels in the blood and hypertension (high blood pressure). The authors concluded that regular consumption of calcium may help prevent and treat hypertension in patients who do not have low levels of vitamin D. Some background Hypertension is blood...

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Does chronic use of beta-blockers increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease?

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Hypertension | 0 comments

In a nutshell This article investigated the association between chronic (long-term) exposure to beta-blockers (BBs) with an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The authors concluded that the chronic use of BBs is associated with an increased risk for PD. Some background In PD, certain nerve cells (neurons) in the brain gradually break...

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Does chronic use of beta-blockers increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease?

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Coronary artery disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell This article investigated the association between chronic (long-term) exposure to beta-blockers (BBs) with an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The authors concluded that the chronic use of BBs is associated with an increased risk for PD. Some background In PD, certain nerve cells (neurons) in the brain...

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Abiraterone acetate plus prednisone: an evaluation of the long-term effectiveness in prostate cancer treated with hormonal therapy.

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Prostate cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) and prednisone (Deltasone) added to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) improve survival in patients with advanced prostate cancer. They found that this combination was effective at improving survival in these patients. Some background...

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