Fewer heart patients need antibiotics before dental procedures
Based on a review of new and existing scientific evidence, most dental patients with heart disease do not need antibiotics before dental procedures to prevent infective endocarditis (IE), a rare, but life-threatening heart infection.
Delirium could be prevented in a third of cases
At least one third of cases of delirium could be prevented if better systems of care were in place according to a doctor in today's BMJ. more
Eating less salt could prevent cardiovascular disease
People who significantly cut back on the amount of salt in their diet could reduce their chances of developing cardiovascular disease by a quarter, according to a report on bmj.com today. more
Novel drug preventing protein recycling shows potential for treating leukemia
Researchers from the Children's Cancer Hospital at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have found that a novel targeted therapy effectively treats acute leukemia in animal models by preventing cancer cells from being purged of damaged proteins. more
UCLA/Toronto researchers unlock key to memory storage in brain
Scientists know little about how the brain assigns cells to participate in encoding and storing memories. Now a UCLA/University of Toronto team has discovered that a protein called CREB controls the odds of a neuron playing a role in memory formation. The April 20 edition of Science reports the findings, which suggest a new approach for preserving memory in people suffering from Alzheimer's or other brain injury.
Pay incentives for physicians may lead to improved care
Financial incentives for physicians mean better care for patients, according to a six-year study of a large preferred provider organization in Hawaii. more
Patients with psoriasis prone to diabetes and serious cardiovascular condition
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by thick, red, scaly plaques that itch and sometimes bleed, causing considerable discomfort and emotional stress for patients. In addition to the daily chore of dealing with the physical symptoms of this condition, new research suggests an association between psoriasis and two potentially serious medical conditions – diabetes and atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries. more
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