Print Issue: December 01, 2008

Imaging reveals swelling of the wall of the abdominal aorta.

Smoking propels aneurysm risk in women

Smoking raises the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm events nearly ninefold in postmenopausal women and negatively affects cognition in middle-aged adults

Glaucoma therapy in a blind patient

A nursing home resident who is completely care-dependent uses multiple eyedrops for glaucoma. Recently we have determined that he is totally blind. Can the eyedrops he uses for his glaucoma be discontinued?—Hoa Le, St. Petersburg, Fla. In patients with glaucoma who become completely blind, that is, who have no light perception vision, the therapeutic goal…

Shortness of breath on a statin

A 53-year-old man who has a history of hypercholesterolemia with elevated triglycerides and LDL has been tried on different statins to bring down his LDL. He developed musculoskeletal pain even though his creatine kinase was normal. While on pravastatin, he developed shortness of breath, which resolved when the medication was stopped. Has shortness of breath…

For MRSA abscesses that do not require antibiotic treatment, simple incision and drainage will suffi

Standard of care for MRSA infections

Over the past several years, I have seen a rise in the number of otherwise healthy adults presenting with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-positive abscesses and cellulitis. What is the standard or care for treatment and prevention? While everyone employs incision and drainage as definitive treatment for simple abscess and adds MRSA-effective antibiotics for more severe…

Kids should now get double the vitamin D

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its vitamin D recommendations for infants, children, and adolescents, now calling for 400 IU per day beginning in the first few days of life.

Low-protein diets questioned

Low-protein diets do not appear to significantly improve renal function in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetic nephropathy.

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