Print Issue: December 01, 2008

Aspirin and first heart attacks in diabetics

A large study has shown that aspirin and antioxidant supplements are ineffective in the primary prevention of heart attacks in people with diabetes and asymptomatic arterial disease

Recombinant factor VIII for hemophilia A

Product: Xyntha Company: Wyeth Pharmacologic class: Clotting factor Active ingredient: Antihemophilic Factor (recombinant): nominally 250 IU, 500 IU, 1,000 IU, or 2,000 IU per vial; powder for IV infusion after reconstitution; plasma/ albumin-free; preservative-free; contains polysorbate 80. Actual factor VIII activity noted on each vial. Continue Reading Indication: In hemophilia A: to control bleeding episodes,…

Cerumen impaction

Description• Occlusion of auditory canal(s) by accumulated earwax (cerumen inspissatum) ICD-9 code• 380.4 Impacted cerumen Incidence/prevalence• 10% of children• Up to 35% of adults (overall)• Perhaps one third of individuals with mental retardation and two thirds of elderly nursing home patients Likely risk factors• Specific physical features: deformed ear canals, dense hair growth, etc.• Use of cotton-tipped swabs • Wearing of hearing aids…

Next post in Alternative Medicine Update