April 2011 Vol. 6 No. 4

4-drug combination regimen effective for TB

Compared to separate drug administration, a 4-drug combination regimen had comparable effectiveness in patients with tuberculosis according to a study in JAMA. Read more at http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/14/1415.abstract.

Changes on MRI predict Alzheimer disease

Cortical thinning on MRI predicts Alzheimer disease dementia within 10 years in cognitively normal adults according to a study in Neurology. Read more at http://www.neurology.org/content/76/16/1395.abstract.

Doing the most good

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 provides many benefits.

FDA permits marketing of dengue fever test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is allowing marketing of the first test to help diagnose people with signs and symptoms of dengue fever. Read more at http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm250584.htm.

FDA warns companies to stop MRSA claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued four warning letters to companies selling over-the-counter drug products, including hand sanitizers, telling them to stop making claims that the…
poem nurse future guardian hospital corridor

From our readers…Two Poems

Nursing’s Future & Hospital Corridor by Kristina Ibitayo is clinical assistant professor at University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing. Nursing’s Future The future of nursing Lies…

Improved surgical communication reduces communication breakdowns

An intervention to improve surgical communication led to “significant reductions in potentially harmful communication breakdowns” according to May’s Annals of Surgery. Ready more at http://journals.lww.com/annalsofsurgery/Abstract/2011/05000/A_Policy_based_Intervention_for_the_Reduction_of.1.aspx

Keeping asthma at bay

NIH has updated its guidelines on asthma diagnosis and treatment. Learn how to help your asthma patients lead fuller lives.

Study fails to support MRV link to CFS

A study published by the Journal of Virology failed to find an association between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and murine leukemia virus-related viruses (MRV), and states, “off-label use…

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