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15th October 2017 - Bariatric surgery does not prevent progression of diabetic retinopathy(DR).¬ In a retrospective study over 6 years, 102 patients with T2D who underwent bariatric surgery, 19% of patients developed new DR, 70% were stable while 30% improved. There were no deterioration.  Read more here.

15th October 2017- 2 potential therapies for Pulmonary Fibrosishave been unveiled. PBI-4050 reduced myo-fibroblast activation, extracellular matrix production, and inflammation in a primary human cell system modeling fibrotic lung disease. Atorvastatin, through¬  different mechanisms have also been shown to be a potential therapeutic agent for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.Unpublished

15th October 2017 - Exenatide and CV disease: Among patients with type 2 diabetes with or without previous cardiovascular disease, the incidence of major adverse cardiovascular events did not differ significantly between patients who received exenatide and those who received placebo. In other words, Exenatide is cardiovascularly safe. Read more here.

15th September 2017- A double-blind randomised controlled trial involving 27,395 patients found that rivaroxaban plus aspirin significantly improved CV outcomes among patients with stable atherosclerotic vascular disease compared with aspirin alone or rivaroxaban alone, although the combination also increased major bleeding events. Read more here

15th September 2017 - In patients with T2D and high CV risks, Liraglutide (Victoza) when added to standard treatment has been shown to reduce the incidence and progression of diabetic renal disease.A 1.3% absolute risk decrease in MACE and a 1.2% absolute risk increase in major bleeding without an increase in intracranial hemorrhage or fatal bleeding is clearly a desirable benefit-risk balance. Read more here..

.15th September 2017 - Would you like your patients to read what you write in their notes? Well, greater engagement is reported by patients who read notes and submit feedback, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Read more here

15th August 2017- Working more than 55 hours a week may increase your risk of atrial fibrillation. In a prospective study of 85 494 participants over a 10 year period and after adjustment for age, sex and socioeconomic status, individuals working long hours had a 1.4-fold increased risk of atrial fibrillation compared with those working standard hours. Access abstract here.

15th August 2017 - A recent meta-analysis of 53 studies have found found no association between vasectomy and high-grade, advanced-stage, or fatal prostate cancer. Access abstract here.

15th August 2017 - Adults with persistent symptomatic asthma requiring medium to high dose inhaled steroids experience fewer exacerbations if treated with oral azithromycin. But they need to be treated for 48 weeks. Access abstract here.