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Call for long follow-up after CIN3 treatment

Researchers from Sweden say that women who have been treated for cervical precancer should receive lifelong follow-up, after finding that their risk for dying from vaginal or cervical cancer markedly increases after the age of 60 years. [More]

6MWT does not reflect activity in primary care COPD patients

Researchers have found that functional exercise capacity does not reflect physical activity among chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients treated in primary care. [More]
Reflux surgery challenged for smallest children

Reflux surgery challenged for smallest children

US physicians have raised concerns over the diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease in small children, especially among infants for whom regurgitation is normal and likely to resolve with conservative treatment [More]
Clinical attention improves QoL in COPD

Clinical attention improves QoL in COPD

A study in the primary care setting shows that clinical factors have the greatest influence on improving health-related quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [More]
Hypothyroidism linked to COPD exacerbation risk

Hypothyroidism linked to COPD exacerbation risk

Research shows that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients with hypothyroidism have an elevated exacerbation frequency but, despite this, experience similar quality of life to patients with normal thyroid function. [More]

Framingham model predicts hypertension in young adults

The Framingham Heart Study model for predicting short-term risk for hypertension has good discriminatory ability in a biracial population of young adults, say researchers. [More]

Financial incentives only partial solution for hypertension control

Providing financial incentives to general practitioners goes some way toward improving hypertension control in their patients, shows research published in JAMA. [More]
Phone support boost to COPD patients

Phone support boost to COPD patients

Researchers from Australia have found that even brief phone contact from medical professionals can provide benefits to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [More]

Holes found in primary care insomnia management

Better education and training for management of sleep problems is needed, including a clear primary care pathway to treatment, suggests the experience of patients and clinicians in the UK. [More]
New uses for old drugs: an interview with Kate Hudson-Farmer, PhD MBA, Senior Consultant, Cambridge Consultants

New uses for old drugs: an interview with Kate Hudson-Farmer, PhD MBA, Senior Consultant, Cambridge Consultants

Many older drugs are well understood from a safety perspective and have often been used successfully off label for other indications. [More]

COPD-asthma overlap ‘needs greater recognition’

More attention should be given to patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and concomitant asthma, after a study showed that nearly one-fifth of patients with COPD fall into this subtype. [More]

New guidance on radioiodine therapy use after radiographic studies

Researchers have provided new evidence that could act as a guide for the use of radioiodine therapy after patients have undergone radiographic imaging studies that use iodine as a contrasting agent. [More]
Measles outbreak prompts national vaccination catch-up program in UK

Measles outbreak prompts national vaccination catch-up program in UK

Health officials in the UK have announced a national catch-up program to target 10–16 year olds who did not receive the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in early childhood due to fears about links with autism. [More]

Specific inflammatory pattern found in patients with pneumonia and COPD

Patients with community-acquired pneumonia on a background of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have a different early inflammatory pattern than patients with CAP only, a prospective study shows. [More]
Revised criteria improve early-onset dementia diagnosis

Revised criteria improve early-onset dementia diagnosis

Updated diagnostic criteria based on the Frontotemporal Dementia Consensus are “encouragingly” sensitive and specific in identifying patients who have early-onset dementia, a study finds. [More]
Overweight exacerbates air pollution symptoms in childhood asthma

Overweight exacerbates air pollution symptoms in childhood asthma

Children with asthma who are overweight are more likely to experience symptoms after exposure to indoor air pollution than normal-weight asthmatic children, show study findings. [More]
Autism linked to epilepsy drug use in pregnancy

Autism linked to epilepsy drug use in pregnancy

Children born to mothers who take valproate during pregnancy are at increased risk for developing autism compared with children of women who did not take the epilepsy drug, Danish research shows. [More]
Educational cartoon boosts worm infection prevention

Educational cartoon boosts worm infection prevention

Researchers in China have found that a health education package targeted at schoolchildren can improve hygiene behaviors and reduce the incidence of soil-transmitted helminth infection. [More]
Organic pollutants increase nephropathy risk in diabetes

Organic pollutants increase nephropathy risk in diabetes

Individuals with diabetes may reduce their risk for developing nephropathy if they minimize their exposure to persistent organic pollutants, suggest researchers. [More]
Kidney disease screening needs rethink in hypertension

Kidney disease screening needs rethink in hypertension

The standard approach to detecting chronic kidney disease fails to spot the condition in about a quarter of patients with hypertension, a study suggests. [More]