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September 30, 2007

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  • When Diets Fail...

    Compared with morbidly obese individuals who did not have surgery, those who underwent gastric bypass surgery had reduced total mortality after about 7 years, especially for deaths from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. However, the rate of death from accidents and suicides was higher in the surgery group than in the control group.
  • Should Triglyceride Blood Levels be Measured in the Fasting State?

    Elevated non-fasting triglyceride levels are associated with incident cardiovascular events independent of traditional cardiac risk factors, levels of other lipids, and markers of insulin resistance; by contrast, fasting triglyceride levels demonstrated little independent relationship to these events.
  • Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: An Underdiagnosed Cause of Stroke?

    Frequent atrial premature beats predict paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in stroke patients: An opportunity for a new diagnostic strategy.
  • Maraviroc Tablets (Selzentry™)

    The FDA has approved the first of a new class of anti-HIV drugs. Maraviroc is a selective CCR5 co-receptor antagonist.
  • Clinical Briefs By Louis Kuritzky, MD

    Meta-analysis (META) is intended to provide greater strength of evidence by combining like populations of similar clinical trials in similar circumstances. Unfortunately, no two populations or sets of circumstances are identical, resulting in conclusions being drawn from large data sets which may not be reliable.