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Study: Viagra may harm, not help, patients with heart valve disorder

Study: Viagra may harm, not help, patients with heart valve disorder

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TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 -- When one of the heart's valves goes awry, this can lead to dangerously high blood pressure in the nearby lungs.Recent studies have suggested that the impotence drug Viagra (sildenafil) might help ease the problem, known as "pulmonary hypertension linked to valvular heart disease."But new research suggests the medicine might do the opposite -- raising patients' heart risks instead.In what he called a "surprise" finding, "six-month treatment with sildenafil leads to worse clinical outcomes than placebo," said lead researcher Dr. Javier Bermejo, a cardiologist at University Gregorio Maranon General Hospital in Madrid, Spain.The bottom line, he said: "Long-term usage of sildenafil for treating residual pulmonary hypertension in patients with valvular heart disease sho...
Autism patients: GPs in England urged to keep register

Autism patients: GPs in England urged to keep register

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GPs in England are being encouraged to keep a register of patients with autism in order to improve the care they receive.Health chiefs say a register would alert GPs to the specific needs of adults and children with autism and help tailor services for them.The National Autistic Society said it would "help improve the health and wellbeing of autistic people".But getting a quick diagnosis was still an issue, a child autism charity said.Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.GPs in England already keep a register of patients with learning disabilities, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence thinks patients with autism should be easily identified by ...
Canadian ex-nurse gets life in prison for killing eight elderly patients

Canadian ex-nurse gets life in prison for killing eight elderly patients

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June 27 (UPI) -- A former nurse in Canada has been sentenced to life without parole for murdering eight seniors by injecting them with insulin for no medical purpose."I caused tremendous pain and suffering and death.... Sorry is much too small a word. I am extremely sorry," said Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 50, to an Ontario court.Wettlaufer pled guilty to eight first-degree murder charges, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.Wettlaufer began her violent crime spree in 2007, when she injected two seniors, one 87 and the other 91, with insulin injections. Those first attempts did not kill the victims, but accounted for her two aggravated assault charges.Later that year, she got her first kill via lethal insulin injection, taking the life of 84-year-old James (Jim) ...
Back pain patients with depression often prescribed opioids

Back pain patients with depression often prescribed opioids

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WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 -- Patients with low back pain who are depressed are more likely to be prescribed opioids, and to be prescribed higher doses, a new study finds.Low back pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States and the most common reason for opioid prescriptions, the researchers said."There is strong evidence that depressed patients are at greater risk for misuse and overdose of opioids," said study senior author Dr. John Markman. He directs the University of Rochester Medical Center's Translational Pain Research Program, in New York.The analysis of nationwide data on nearly 5,400 people from 2004 to 2009 found that patients with back pain who screened positive for depression were more than twice as likely to be prescribed an opioid painkiller. Over a year's time,...
Age, cost of treatment among top reasons patients leave hospital early

Age, cost of treatment among top reasons patients leave hospital early

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MONDAY, June 19, 2017 -- It's a not uncommon occurrence: Patients discharge themselves from the hospital against their doctor's best advice.Now, new research on over 29 million hospital stays sheds light on which types of patients are most prone to this behavior -- and why.Using 2013 U.S. hospital data, researchers found that younger patients are much more likely than older patients to leave the hospital against the advice of their doctor.In fact, patients aged 65 and older were four times less likely to leave the hospital against medical advice than were adults under 65, according to a team led by Dr. Jashvant Poeran, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.Other factors played a role as well. Regardless of their age, men were more likely to leave the hospital agai...