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May 27, 2015

Sins and commandments of HF management

June Shannon reports from a recent Registrar Training Day in Heart Failure in Dublin, at which experts examined the use of natriuretic peptides to stratify at-risk patients, and relayed the seven deadly sins of heart failure management and the 10 commandments of pharmacotherapy in HF.

The latest lessons in anticoagulation safety

Danielle Barron reports from an innovative interactive workshop at the Irish Anticoagulation Forum, which focused on common issues surrounding the use of NOACs and DOACs in treatment.

Paracetamol in pregnancy may lower boys’ testosterone

Cold weather kills more people than hot weather

Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analysing more than 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries.

War against polio nearly won

Sixty years ago much of the world came to a stop when the findings of a clinical trial were announced — the vaccine against polio was considered safe and effective. Valerie Ryan reports on polio’s near ‘elimination’, the countries that are still polio-endemic, and the potential threats that remain.

Cholesterol drugs linked with 30% lower stroke risk

Use of cholesterol-lowering drugs is associated with a one-third lower risk of stroke in older adults without previous disease, finds a study published in The BMJ.

Frequent ED users more likely to die

Frequent users of emergency care are more than twice as likely to die, be admitted to hospital, or require other outpatient treatment, concludes an analysis of available evidence, published online in Emergency Medicine Journal.

No greater risk of post-operative complications for pregnant women

Pregnant women who undergo general surgical procedures appear to have no significant difference in postoperative complications compared with women who are not pregnant, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery.

Cures for other viruses may follow Hep C

The process of developing new direct-acting antiviral (DAAs) drugs for hepatitis C has crated many new tools for studying the virus, such as polymerse chain reaction (PCR) technology, which will now be able to be applied to other viruses to achieve a similar result, the Vice President and Medical Affairs Head of Hepatology at AbbVie […]

Single motherhood linked to poorer health in later life

Single motherhood between the ages of 16 and 49 is linked to poorer health in later life in several different countries, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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