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Dental patients should not take prophylactic antibiotics simply because they have pacemakers or implanted defibrillators, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). Although 2007 guidelines already exclude these patients from the list of those who need prophylactic antibiotics to prevent endocarditis, the AHA wanted to emphasize this point because many physicians […]

Guidelines say skip x-rays for lower back pain Imaging scans to diagnose lower back pain are unnecessary in most cases and may do more harm than good, the American College of Physicians stated in new practice guidelines. Routinely ordering X-rays and CT or MRI scans drives up health care costs and does not help resolve […]

In-Hospital Blood Sugar Levels Should Be Higher

Posted by: admin on: July 26, 2011

The American College of Physicians has released new guidelines recommending that doctors not attempt intensive insulin therapy designed to achieve normal blood sugar levels in patients in medical or surgical intensive care units. Doctors should maintain blood sugar levels between 140 and 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) for anyone in medical or surgical intensive care. […]

Management of Hyperprolactinemia

Posted by: admin on: July 26, 2011

The Endocrine Society has released a new clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with hyperprolactinemia. People with high prolactin levels who have few or no symptoms and no demonstrable pituitary tumor may not need treatment, but infertile or pregnant patients, and individuals with bothersome symptoms require specialized treatment depending on the […]

The new clinical practice guideline (CPG) is intended to complement and extend existing guidelines available in the literature, including previous CPGs from AACE. The new document advocates a comprehensive approach to routine diabetes management, based on evidence that, although glycemia control variables such as HbA1c and glucose excursions have an impact on cardiovascular disease risk, […]

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