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Submited by Neerja Bisht MD on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 01:33

Outpatient surgical care has become a commonly employed practice these days. An increasing number of surgeries can be done on an out-patient basis. Thyroidectomy has also adopted this approach and over 4000 such procedures have been performed successfully. The American Thyroid Association (ATA)...

Submited by Neerja Bisht MD on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 01:28

Primary percutaneous intervention (PPCI) is an accepted norm in patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). It has been the recommended perfusion procedure when it can be administered by an experienced team within 90–120 min from patient’s first medical contact.

In the...

Submited by Neerja Bisht MD on Friday, February 28, 2014 - 03:28

Do not prescribe and dispense combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen: FDA recommendation

The USFDA has now (as reported on 01/14/2014) recommended discontinuing prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain...

Submited by Neerja Bisht MD on Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 06:14

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association publishes new guidelines for prevention of stroke in women

Women are more prone to stroke than men, according to a recently published report (Stroke. 2014;45:000-000). It is estimated that stroke and it’s after effects will affect...

Submited by Neerja Bisht MD on Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 06:09

Hydrocodone products likely to become a schedule II drug by December 2014

Hydrocodone, an opioid, is used by millions of Americans suffering from conditions leading to chronic pain. Physicians prescribe the drug to improve the quality of life in their patients.
The U.S. Food and...

Submited by Neerja Bisht MD on Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 04:55

Evidence- based management of anxiety in epilepsy
Anxiety is as common a symptom observed in patients with epilepsy as depressive symptoms, and is often overlooked. It is now clear that anxiety in the presence of depression is responsible in the number of patients attempting suicide....

Submited by Neerja Bisht MD on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 05:57

Skeletal effects of vitamin D deficiency are well established. Vitamin D supplementation can reduce the incidence of rickets, falls and fractures. The non-skeletal effects such as cardiovascular and renal diseases, cancer, autoimmune, neurological and infectious diseases and link to vitamin D...

Submited by Neerja Bisht MD on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 05:50

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just approved Northera capsules (droxidopa) for the treatment of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (NOH). “People with neurogenic orthostatic hypotension are often severely limited in their ability to perform routine daily activities that require...

Submited by Neerja Bisht MD on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 05:36

FDA Advisory Panel Votes Against Cangrelor Approval
In a recent ruling, the USFDA advisory panel consisting of the Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee (CRDAC) voted against approving cangrelor, in the PCI setting and in the Bridging setting. The Medicines Company was seeking...

Submited by Neerja Bisht MD on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 05:39

Role of ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration in melanoma
Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration cytology (US-FNAC) can detect early lymph node metastases in many malignant conditions aiding early diagnosis. This procedure is now successfully being used in patients with melanoma for...