YOUR DOSE OF MEDICINE
Time to take the fear out of hormone therapy
by Charles C. Chante MD - July 15, 2018 - 12:00am
The lack of regulation and monitoring, together with lax labeling requirements, are areas of concern.
Time to take the fear out of hormone therapy
by Charles C. Chante MD - July 8, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s time to be clear about the benefits of hormone therapy for many women in midlife.
Are those hemorrhoids? get to know the anorectal imitators
by Charles C. Chante MD - July 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Medically, treatment consists of increased water intake, incorporation of more fiber in the diet, undertaking warm baths a couple times a day, and application of a pea-sized amount of topical 2 percent diltiazem...
Are those hemorrhoids? Get to know the anorectal imitators
by Charles C. Chante MD - June 24, 2018 - 12:00am
A colorectal surgeon sees a steady parade of primary care referrals for surgical evaluation of haemorrhoids.
Oral bioidentical combo improved quality of life, vasomotor symptoms
by Charles C. Chante MD - June 17, 2018 - 12:00am
An oral estradiol/ progesterone formulation significantly improved menopause-related quality of life, compared with placebo, for up to one year after beginning treatment, according to a new study.
Statin use increased the risk of herpes zoster
by Charles C. Chante MD - June 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Exposure to statins can significantly increase the odds of developing herpes zoster, a study showed.
Ciprofloxacin cured Gyrase A wild-type Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections
by Charles C. Chante MD - June 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Ciprofloxacin cured 100 percent of Gyrase A wild-type Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections, and physicians prescribed it significantly more frequently when they received electronic reminders of test results and recommendations,...
Coronary calcium boosted young adults’ heart disease risk
by Charles C. Chante MD - May 27, 2018 - 12:00am
Younger adults who have any calcium deposited in their coronary arteries, even a small amount, are at increased risk for adverse coronary heart disease outcomes and death, finds an analysis of the Coronary Artery...
Life-long risk reduction could cut late dementia by a third
by Charles C. Chante MD - May 20, 2018 - 12:00am
Tackling poor childhood education is a daunting task and requires commitment from both public and private sectors, the report noted, but its importance cannot be overstated.
Life-long risk reduction could cut late dementia by a third
by Charles C. Chante MD - May 13, 2018 - 12:00am
As many as a third of dementia cases could be prevented worldwide if society could adopt a life course-focused approach of supporting brain health with mostly common sense measures.
Small brain infarcts’ cognitive impact equals that of large infarct
by Charles C. Chante MD - May 6, 2018 - 12:00am
Small infarct like brain lesions have long been ignored in both research and clinical setting, but on-going analysis of an observational cohort shows that they can be as cognitively damaging as large infarcts.
Dementia risk score highlights modifiable risk factors
by Charles C. Chante MD - April 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Twelve modifiable risk factors appear to account for more than half of the variation in dementia risk associated with socioeconomic status.
Increased risk of death seen even in lower-risk PPI users
by Charles C. Chante MD - April 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Proton pump inhibitors are associated with a significantly higher risk of death than are H2 receptor antagonists, according to a five-year longitudinal cohort study.
Exercise topped NSAIDs for knee osteoarthritis
by Charles C. Chante MD - April 15, 2018 - 12:00am
After participating in an eight-week neuromuscular exercise therapy program, patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis showed significantly greater symptomatic improvement at 12 months of follow up than...
Cannabis shows inconsistent benefits for pain, PTSD
by Charles C. Chante MD - April 8, 2018 - 12:00am
Chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder are among the top reasons given by patients seeking medical marijuana in states where it is legal, but there is little scientific evidence to support its value for...
Bilateral cellulitis on legs? think venous stasis dermatitis
by Charles C. Chante MD - April 1, 2018 - 12:00am
If a patient present with cellulitis on both legs, think venous stasis dermatitis, which is the no. 1 misdiagnosis of cellulitis and a frequent cause of unnecessary hospitalization for so-called “red leg”...
Statins protect against Alzheimer’s in most patients
by Charles C. Chante MD - March 25, 2018 - 12:00am
Statins taken to reduce cholesterol also protect most patients against Alzheimer’s disease, but the decrease in risk varies across different statins and by the patient’s gender and race/ethnicity,...
For acute gout corticosteroids look safer than NSAIDs
by Charles C. Chante MD - March 18, 2018 - 12:00am
For the treatment of acute gout, corticosteroids maybe as effective as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs but with fewer side effects based on findings from a meta-analysis of six randomized, controlled trial...
High free-T4 levels linked to sudden cardiac death
by Charles C. Chante MD - March 11, 2018 - 12:00am
Higher levels of free thyroxine are associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death, even in euthyroid adults, according to a report published online in Circulation.
How to rule out secondary causes of osteoporosis
by Charles C. Chante MD - March 4, 2018 - 12:00am
Everyone diagnosed with osteoporosis deserves a laboratory assessment to rule out unsuspected secondary causes and a doozy of workup is recommended to primary physicians as “incredibly cost effective.&rdq...
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