Alice Goodman

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Study Probes Costs of Diabetic Neuropathy

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Diabetics with neuropathy use more health- care resources than diabetics without this complication. In addition, among patients with diabetic neuropathy, those with comorbid depression or anxiety incur higher health-care costs than patients without these psychological problems.

Even Brief Lithium Exposure Can Harm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Impaired renal function is a well-known side effect of lithium, which has been used since the 1950s to treat acute episodes of mania and as maintenance therapy for bipolar disorder. In the largest study to date of the renal effects of lithium, researchers found that the duration of lithium treatment did not correlate with glomerular filtration rate (GFR).

CIN Risk Similar With Iso- and Low-Osmolar Contrast

CHICAGO—Iso-osmolar and low-osmolar contrast agents showed similar nephrotoxicity in a study of patients with impaired renal function undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to findings presented here at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting.

Very Elderly Benefit from BP Drugs

CHICAGO—In patients aged 80 years and older, antihypertensive treatment reduces morbidity and mortality according to results from the Hypertension in the Very Elderly (HYVET) trial.

Renal Angioplasty, Stents Effective

CHICAGO—Most patients with renovascular hypertension experience improved BP control and improved or stabilized renal function following renal artery angioplasty and stent placement, according to findings presented here at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting.

Better CIN Protection?

CHICAGO—N-acetylcysteine (NAC) may be superior to ascorbic acid in preventing contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) in patients with renal insufficiency, Korean researchers reported here at the American Heart Association annual scientific sessions.

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