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Clients include: The Los Angeles Times; Medscape; Fit Pregnancy; Backpacker; The Johns Hopkins White
Papers; EuroTimes; Healthology; Oncology Times; Pain Medicine News; ENT Today; Applied Neurology;
Neurology Today; Life Sciences: Business and Technology Review; Refractive Eyecare; Sexuality,
Reproduction & Menopause; MarCom Group International; Clinical Care Options; Ethis Communications
From The Los Angeles Times
Pinning down the side effects of statins
Like any drug, there are risks in taking it. Distinguishing what can be attributed to
the use of statins can be tricky.
Obesity's role in cancer
It may not cause the disease, but studies show a link between fat and certain
From Pain Medicine News (registration required to access site)
People who experience acute or chronic pain are at increased risk for thinking
about killing someone else and then killing themselves, according to a new study.
The Link Between Endometriosis and Cancer
Women with endometriosis appear to be more likely to develop certain types of
CLIPS FROM 2009 AND EARLIER
From The Los Angeles Times
Treating depression can be hit or miss
Doctors have more than 20 medications to choose from. But finding the right one
is a process of trial and error.
Brain tests could predict antidepressant efficiency
Changes in certain regions of the brain might show if the person would ultimately
respond to a particular medication
Hidden epidemic of pelvic floor problems
Researchers have only recently begun to realize how widespread the issues of
incontinence and dropped pelvic organs are among women. Treatment is
available, and is becoming less-invasive.
Breast or bottle? No final answer yet
The truth about the health benefits of breast-feeding is more complicated than
most people realize.
From Applied Neurology (posted with permission of Applied Neurology)
Recognition of Apathy as Marker for Dementia Growing
Apathy traditionally has received less attention than other neuropsychiatric states
in dementia, such as depression, agitation, aggression, and psychosis.
Clinical Pearls on Best Approaches to Psychogenic Movement Disorders
Five words that are guaranteed to annoy your patient with a diagnosis of
psychogenic movement disorder (PMD) are "It's all in your head."
Novel Rehabilitation Methods for Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, and Spinal Cord Injury
Researchers are developing a new generation of physical therapy tools that use
video games, robotics, and virtual reality.
Understanding and Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex regional pain syndrome was first described in the late 19th century by
the neurologist Silas Weir Mitchell, but confusion about the syndrome remains.
Two Opposing Camps Offer Insight Into Treatment of Neurologic Lyme Disease
Your patient has pain and numbness that extends from the shoulder to the hand.
You suspect a herniated cervical disk, but the MRI scan comes back normal.
What else could the culprit be? If the person has spent time in a tick-ridden area,
the answer could be Lyme disease.
From Oncology Times
Plasma Exchange Not Found Helpful for Myeloma Patients with Kidney Failure
Two sets of management guidelines endorse the use of plasma exchange in
patients who have kidney failure associated with myeloma. But according to a
recent study by the Canadian Apheresis Group, there’s no evidence that plasma
exchange benefits these patients.
Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine Produces Promising Results in Phase II Study
A vaccine for use in people with pancreatic cancer is producing encouraging
results, according to an early analysis of a phase II study from Johns Hopkins.
Antioxidant Supplements Reduce Radiation Side Effects But Boost Recurrences
in Head and Neck Cancer
Many patients undergoing radiation therapy for cancer take antioxidant vitamin
supplements. This appears to reduce side effects, but may boost recurrence
Black Women More Likely to Stop Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Early, Leading to
Premature termination of chemotherapy and death are both more common
among black women than among their white counterparts.
From ENT Today
Interest Growing in Barbed-Suture Suspension Techniques for Facial
A variety of barbed-suture suspension techniques are being used to rejuvenate
the aging face without large incisions or a lengthy recovery time.
From Fresh Cup
Marketing Tea for Health: How to Get the Word Out With Integrity
When it comes to selling tea, nobody wants to sound like a snake-oil salesman,
give bad advice or run afoul of the Food and Drug Administration. That’s why
anyone extolling the health benefits of tea needs to tread lightly.
Experts disagree on best antibiotic for endophthalmitis prevention
Vancomycin, cefuroxime, or moxifloxacin?
Surgeon offers pointers on amniotic membrane grafting
An effective part of surgery to remove a conjunctival tumour.
The risk of TASS makes proper instrument handling procedures more important
Caution in light of two outbreaks of toxic anterior segment syndrome.
Good results for hyperopes with topography-guided LASIK with angle kappa
A safe, predictable procedure for hyperopic patients.
Pros and cons of presbyopia options
Zigzag incision using femtosecond laser effective for penetrating keratoplasty
Conductive keratoplasty appears stable at three years
Surgical treatment of hyperopia presents a variety of challenges
Femtosecond laser effective for use in penetrating keratoplasty
The use of nepafenac after LASIK may increase rate of epithelial ingrowth
The use of nepafenac (Nevanac) for pain control after LASIK may increase the
rates of diffuse lamellar keratitis and epithelial ingrowth.
Surgeons expect use of accommodating IOLs to grow
Accommodating IOLs are the wave of the future for ophthalmology.
Very high-frequency sonography useful for ICL sizing
Very high-frequency sonography appears to be a better method for sizing the
implanatable contact lens than the conventional 'white-to-white' method.
Piggyback IOL can enhance RLE results
Piggyback intraoperativei lens enhancement is an effective way to improve the
results of refractive lens exchange with an accommodative IOL.
Wavefront-guided PRK effective in treating highly aberrated eyes after
Clear corneal incisions implicated in post-cataract endophthalmitis
Post-cataract endophthalmitis is on the rise, and clear corneal incisions are
Autologous serum platelet gel effective in healing neurotrophic corneal ulcers
A doctor uses a technique in humans that he developed for his horse.
Topical phenytoin proves effective for non-healing corneal ulcers
An effective treatment for non-healing corneal ulcers.
Topical antibiotics should play only short-term role in chronic blepharitis
Topical antibiotics play an important role in the treatment of both acute and
Bandage contact lenses provide a variety of benefits
What's best for bacterial conjunctivitis?
Ophthalmologists need to consider carefully which antibiotic to use.
Today's special: RLE with wavefront-guided LASIK
A "package" deal to make patients happy.
ROP follow up: through hell and high water
When nurse Debbie Neff returned to Tulane Hospital in New Orleans several
weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the neonatal intensive care unit where she worked
was in complete disarray.
New dipstick speeds trachoma diagnosis in the field
Testing for Chlamydia trachomatis is impractical in third-world countries, but an
inexpensive assay has shown some early success at making highly-accurate
diagnoses in remote areas.
Erythropoietin strongly linked with proliferative diabetic retinopathy
The discovery of elevated levels of intraocular erythropoietin in patients with
proliferative diabetic retinopathy suggests a new target for treatment.
Year-long treatment appears to benefit infants with congenital toxoplasmosis
A one-year course of treatment with pyrimethamine and sulfadiazine appears to
improve outcomes for children born with toxoplasmosis.
Two companies develop new approaches to vision correction
The humble pair of eyeglasses is getting a high-tech makeover, thanks to two
companies in the U.S.
Outbreak of TASS baffles American surgeons
A sudden rash of cases of toxic anterior segment syndrome has
ophthalmologists in North America scratching their heads.
Millions walking around with uncorrected vision
More than one in 20 people in the US have poor vision for a simple reason: they
don't wear the glasses or contact lenses they need
Retinal haemorrhages not always sign of child abuse
Physicians must be cautious in viewing eye exams as a reliable way to prove or
disprove child abuse.
Dietary antioxidants linked to reduced risk of AMD
Elderly people who have a high dietary intake of beta carotene, vitamins C and E,
and zinc have a reduced risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
Providing assistance to nursing home residents can improve access to cataract
Few nursing-home residents who would benefit from cataract surgery undergo
the procedure, but nursing homes can dramatically increase the surgical rate by
providing assistance with scheduling and transportation.
Experimental vaccine reduces morbidity from shingles and post-herpetic
An experimental vaccine against he herpes zoster virus appears to reduce illness
from shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia
Cataract surgeons' opinions vary on reported increase in postoperative
Is the rate of endophthalmitis after cataract surgery going up? And if so, what's
behind the increase?
Patients give eye teeth to see
The osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis is an excellent option for patients who are not
good candidates for corneal transplantation.
Is optic nerve hypoplasia increasing in prevalence?
Some ophthalmolgoists say they're seeing more children than ever with optic
nerve hypoplasia. But is the rise due to more cases of the disease, or better
New glaucoma monitoring device provides two-for-one measurements
The TonoPach provides simultaneous measurements of intraocular pressure
and central corneal thickness, which could lead to more accurate glaucoma
Genes appear to play significant role in the development of cortical cataract
Genetic factors appear to affect the risk of cortical cataract, but not posterior
Lead exposure may be an important unrecognized risk factor for cataract
Cumulative exposure to lead may be an important risk factor for age-related
From Life Sciences: Business and Technology Review
CJD Fears: The Effect on Surgical Instrument Processing
Last September, more than 500 people who had undergone surgery at Emory
University Hospital received terrifying news: They might have been exposed to
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The Atlanta institution sounded the alarm after
pathologists discovered signs of the disease in a patient who had undergone a
brain biopsy. Although the surgical instruments used for the procedure had been
decontaminated, the hospital was unable to guarantee that they couldn't transmit
From The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50
At-Home Dialysis: Consider the Advantages
Most of those who need dialysis must go to a dialysis center three times a week.
But there's a less-used alternative that can be done at home.
Drugs That Can Add Pounds
A hidden cause of weight gain: prescription drugs
Hearing Aids: Smaller and Better
New hearing aids are smaller and more effective than those made just a few
Lifesaving Answers from Exercise Stress Testing
An exercise stress test can help predict lifespan and future high blood pressure.
From The Johns Hopkins Consumer Guide to Drugs
Two excerpts from the guide to dietary supplements:
The principal claim for fish oil , which is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids called
omega-3 fatty acids, is that it reduces the risk of sudden death and death from
other causes in people with heart disease.
Coenzyme Q-10 , also known as CoQ10, is an antioxidant that is found naturally
in the body, and in small amounts in meat and seafood. The supplement is
marketed primarily as a treatment for heart failure and coronary heart disease.
From The Johns Hopkins White Papers, 2005
Probiotics, which were once viewed as nothing more than snake oil, are now
being studied as treatments for a variety of digestive disorders.
Are Vaccines Safe for People With Arthritis?
People with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus have special considerations when it
comes to vaccinations.
Earth-Friendly (and People-Friendly) Inhalers
Powder inhalers, nebulizers, and newer aerosols are replacing
chlorofluorocarbon-driven inhalers for asthma and COPD.
Seeking a Second (or Third or Fourth) Opinion
Getting a balanced view of all your options for prostate cancer may involve
consulting with several specialists.
Advances in Treating Lung Cancer
Survival rates for lung cancer are poor, which is why developing new ways to treat
the disease—or prevent it altogether—is so important.
The Sundowning Phenomenon
Some people with Alzheimer’s disease experience a worsening of agitation and
confusion in the afternoon and early evening—a condition for which a variety of
coping strategies exist.
The Most Popular Talk Therapy
Fast, inexpensive, and effective, cognitive-behavioral therapy can help break the
pattern of negative thoughts that may lead to depression.
Should You Worry About White Coat Hypertension?
At least one in five people have blood pressure that's normal at home but
elevated at the doctor's office.
Should You Be Taking a Diuretic?
Water pills are recommended for most people with high blood pressure, but
doctors don't always prescribe them. Here's why they should.
Your Risk of a Heart Attack in the Next 10 Years
Using a system called Framingham risk scoring, you can estimate your risk of
experiencing a CHD event over the next 10 years.
Helping Someone Who’s Suicidal
If you know someone who talks about attempting suicide or shows other signs of
being suicidal, do not ignore the behavior.
From The Johns Hopkins White Papers, 2004
Living With an Ostomy
People with colostomies or ileostomies can still work, play sports, travel, and
have intimate relationships.
Relief With Topical Analgesics
If you have mild to moderate osteoarthritis, over-the counter creams and
ointments may help ease the pain.
From The Johns Hopkins White Papers, 2003
The Recall of PC-SPES
The recall of PC-SPES left many prostate cancer patients with a mixture of
emotions: confusion, anger, and despair. It also left them with a host of
Complementary Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis
People with rheumatoid arthritis often turn to therapies that are outside of the
medical mainstream, especially when conventional medications offer insufficient
relief of symptoms or cause troubling side effects.
From The Johns Hopkins White Papers, 2002
The difference between atrial fibrillation, ventricular fibrillation, and heart block.
How Anti-Clotting Drugs Can Prevent Stroke
How antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications work.
The Mechanics of Swallowing
Swallowing is one of the body's most complex functions.
How Bones Grow and Change
The process of bone resorption and formation.
From The Johns Hopkins White Papers, 2001
Specialized Design of Facilities for Alzheimer's Patients
Brief articles from The Johns Hopkins White Papers, 2005
New Blood Test Effective For Early RA Diagnosis
Experimental Drug Reduces Disease Activity in RA
Telephone Psychotherapy Helps People With Depression
Weight Affects Risk of Type 2 Diabetes More Than Activity Level
Premature CHD in Sibling Raises Risk of Atherosclerosis
Walking Reduces Risk of Cognitive Decline in Men and Women
Large, Low-Calorie Salads Can Aid in Weight Loss
Multifocal Lenses Don’t Boost Satisfaction With Cataract Surgery
United Nations: How to Learn a New Language Right Here at Home (November
Shop for Your Health: Local Organic and Natural Food Markets (June 2006)
Devon Schuyler, ELS