AHA: iPhone App Transmits Heart Images Quickly
An iPhone app can transmit
diagnostic electrocardiogram images accurately, quickly, and
more reliably than e-mail, according to a study presented at
the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes
Research 2013 Scientific Sessions, held from May 15 to 17 in
AHA: Variation in Outpatient Cardiac Risk Factor Management
For practices enrolled in the
Guideline Advantage program that aims to reduce risks for
chronic disease, there is considerable variation in
hypertension and hyperlipidemia control and in tobacco
screening, according to a study presented at the American Heart
Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2013
Scientific Sessions, held from May 15 to 17 in Baltimore.
ASCO: Combo Antibody Therapy Effective for Melanoma
Concurrent use of two immune
checkpoint antibodies -- ipilimumab and nivolumab -- may be
effective for the treatment of advanced melanoma, according to
a proof-of-principal study presented in advance of the annual
meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, held from
May 31 to June 4 in Chicago.
ASCO: Midlife Fitness May Protect Against Cancer
Men's middle-aged fitness level may
protect against cancer, according to a study presented in
advance of the annual meeting of the American Society of
Clinical Oncology, held from May 31 to June 4 in Chicago.
Depression Doubles Stroke Risk in Middle-Aged Women
In middle-aged women, depression is
associated with a significantly increased risk of stroke, even
after adjustment for lifestyle and physiological variables,
according to a study published online May 16 in Stroke.
DSM-4 Task Force Chairman Advises Caution With DSM-5
The Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition has introduced
several high-prevalence diagnoses at the boundary of normality
which is likely to lead to considerable false-positive rates
and unnecessary treatment, according to an article published
online May 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Exercise Prevents Fructose-Induced Hypertriglyceridemia
Moderate aerobic exercise prevents
fructose-induced hypertriglyceridemia in healthy males,
according to a study published online May 14 in
Little Evidence for Prediction Rules for Low Back Pain
Few randomized clinical trials have
been done to assess clinical prediction rules for patients with
lower back pain, and the trials that have been done are of low
quality and do not provide sufficient evidence to support their
use, according to a review published in the April 20 issue of
Majority Use Cell Phones With Same Ear As Dominant Hand
For most people, the preferred ear
for cell phone use correlates with hand dominance, according to
a study published in the May issue of JAMA
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Marijuana Use Tied to Lower Fasting Insulin Level, HOMA-IR
Marijuana use is associated with
lower levels of fasting insulin and insulin resistance and with
smaller waist circumference, according to a study published
online May 16 in the American Journal of Medicine.
Prednisolone Disturbs Carbohydrate Metabolism
In patients with inflammatory
diseases without diabetes, treatment with low-dose prednisolone
has deleterious effects on carbohydrate metabolism, according
to a study published online May 13 in Diabetes Care.
Review: Exercise Indeed Beneficial for Major Depression
For patients with major depressive
disorder, exercise is beneficial as monotherapy or as an
adjunct therapy, according to a review published in the May
issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Practice.