Wednesday, November 25, 2009
India’s largest study to estimate Diabetes and Hypertension prevalence amongst outpatients across 10 States
It is well-known that India is rapidly becoming the diabetes capital of the world. But how many of us realize that diabetes and hypertension are together becoming a Twin Epidemic in India?"
Saturday, November 14, 2009
At Friday’s CDC press briefing on 2009 H1N1 flu, Dr. Anne Schuchat stressed the importance of antiviral drugs for severe illness and directed clinicians to a fact sheet on “some of the myths and misconceptions about antivirals.”
Among the CDC’s “Quick Facts for Clinicians on Antiviral Treatments for 2009 H1N1″:
- Although initiating treatment within 48 hours of symptom onset is preferable, many patients (including those hospitalized or at high risk for severe illness) may still benefit if treatment is started later.
- While antivirals are advised for patients with heightened risk, even those without risk factors might benefit, making clinical judgment “essential.”
- If flu is suspected and treatment seems warranted, antivirals should be started before laboratory confirmation of illness.
By current knowledge, a surgical mask is sufficient. Save N95 respirators for TB and other aerosol-transmitted diseases. (more…)"
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Mandatory Vaccination of Health Care Workers
Alexandra Stewart writes that mandatory vaccination of health care workers raises important questions about a state’s power to compel individuals to engage in particular activities in order to protect the public.