For Those Who Can't Control Salt Intake, Could One Antihypertensive Be Better Than Another?

A new study in the American College of Clinical Pharmacology found that patients on a low-salt diet (LSD) and one of three antihypertensive drug regimens saw a greater reduction in blood pressure (BP) compared to those on a non-low-salt diet (NLSD) and antihypertensive medications, although all groups saw significant reduction in BP.

New Therapy May Offer Long-Term Back, Leg Pain Relief

Patients who received a novel high frequency form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy experienced significantly greater, long-term relief for both chronic back and leg pain, when compared to a traditional low frequency form of SCS therapy.

Greater BP Variations Could Spell Trouble for Patients

Patients with greater variations in blood pressure over multiple office visits have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality, reports research in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Not Resecting Ideal Candidates Ups Mortality in Liver Cancer

For nonideal candidates, resection linked to improved outcomes versus some alternatives

An Alternative Treatment for Otitis Media With Effusion?

Procedure may be an alternative to antibiotics, drainage tubes

Atorvastatin/Ezetimibe Beats Atorvastatin After PCI

Combination therapy linked to greater coronary plaque regression in Japanese patients

Some Placebos May Actually Trigger Clinical Responses in Knee Osteoarthritis

Differential placebo effects can alter estimates of the relative efficacies of active treatments

Patients with Diabetes Have Higher Health Expenditures

Individuals with diabetes had more than double the unadjusted mean direct expenditures over 10 years

2008 Initiative Had Minimal Impact on Pressure Ulcer Charges

Hospital-Acquired Conditions Initiative cut payment in 0.003 percent of discharges

Study Developed to Track Pediatricians' Experiences

Pediatricians enrolled in study that will track personal, professional experiences of early careers