Medical Bulletin 13/November/2021

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Smoking Before Revascularization

In patients with intermittent claudication, smoking before being operated for elective revascularization increased risk for post-operation complications, according to recent study published in JAMA Cardiology.

Smoking is a key modifiable risk factor in the development and progression of peripheral artery disease, which often manifests as intermittent claudication (IC). Smoking cessation is a first-line therapy for IC, yet a minority of patients quit smoking prior to elective revascularization.

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Smoking Before Revascularization Tied With Increased Complication Risks: JAMA

Contact lenses better than spectacles for correcting vision

In the recent Covid – 19 pandemic face masks were thought to be effective because they reduce viral transmission, their usage was made compulsory in control of pandemic.

Face masks have been associated with a range of deleterious consequences such as dry eye, spectacle lens fogging, itchiness , skin allergies, breathing difficulties, disturbed peripheral vision and headaches .

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Contact Lens Better Than Spectacles For Correcting Vision While Using Face Masks

Wrist-worn devices may forecast seizures

Despite medications, surgery and neurostimulation devices, many people with epilepsy continue to have seizures. The unpredictable nature of seizures is severely limiting.

Special wristwatch monitoring device when used for six to 12 months may identify patterns allowing about 30 minutes of warning before a seizure occurred, find researchers in a new study.This worked well most of the time for five of six patients studied.

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Wrist-Worn Devices May Forecast Seizures In People With Epilepsy, Study Shows

Grape consumption benefits

Consumption of grapes significantly increases the diversity of bacteria in the gut which is considered essential to good health overall, finds a new study. Further consuming grapes significantly decreased cholesterol levels, as well as bile acids which play an integral role in cholesterol metabolism. The findings suggest a promising new role for grapes in gut health and reinforce the benefits of grapes on heart health.

The study has been published in the scientific journal Nutrients.

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Grape Consumption Benefits Gut Microbiome And Lowers Cholesterol

Use of Papoose board for kids during dental procedures

Serious ethical concerns tied with the use of Papoose board to immobilize kids during procedures, according to a study published in the JDR Clinical & Translational Research.

The use of physical constraint in pediatric dentistry is highly controversial. Papoose boards, which envelop and immobilize children during treatment procedures, have been described as barbaric devices even though their goal is to protect the patient. In this debate, the voice of parents is important but still missing in the scientific literature.

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Ethical Concerns Tied With Use Of Papoose Board For Kids During Dental Procedures: Study