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July 21, 2014

No added cardiac malformation risk with taking antidepressants

There is no substantial increase in the risk of cardiac malformations attributable to antidepressant use during the first trimester of pregnancy, research from the New England Journal of Medicine suggests.

Parents put off having more children at signs of ASD

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear to curtail attempts to have more children after the first signs of the disorder manifest or a diagnosis is made, new research suggests.

Bacteria not ‘brassed off’ by sweat

Sweaty hands can reduce the effectiveness of bacteria-fighting brass objects in hospitals and schools after just an hour of coming into contact with them, according to scientists at the University of Leicester.

Focusing on an earlier diagnosis and halting further progression

The international GOLD guidelines have considered inhaled therapy in some detail, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. Thought should now be given, these guidelines advise, as to whether the aim of the therapy in COPD is to help symptoms or to help exacerbations.

Known knowns, unknown unknowns and unmet needs in stroke prevention

Marie-Catherine Mousseau reports on current knowledge and challenges in stroke prevention as presented at the Boehringer Ingelheim annual meeting on Advancing Stroke Care.

Large study reports benefits from breast screening

Invitation to modern mammography screening may reduce deaths from breast cancer by about 28 per cent, suggests a study from Norway published on bmj.com.

Clinical trials prove new leukaemia drug boosts survival rate to 90%

Patients in Ireland have been involved in a breakthrough international trial of a new cancer drug that has given researchers renewed hope in the fight against leukaemia.

Study shows OAB symptoms more prevalent among obese women

Obese pre-menopausal women present with more overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms than non-obese women, new researched has confirmed.

Survey records high rates of OAB

A new population-based survey carried out in Russia, the Czech Republic and Turkey has found high rates of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and overactive bladder (OAB) in men and women, but low levels of medical consultation and low use of medications.

Changing times in prostate cancer

This is an exciting time in the development of new agents for the management of advanced prostate cancer and the future looks bright, say Dr David Galvin and Dr Gerard McVey.

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