June 15, 2010
Study Probes Causes of Anger in Returning U.S.
irritability, concentration problems, jumpiness and feeling
constantly "on guard" are among the hyperarousal symptoms of
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) associated with anger and
hostility in U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan,
Docs Should Assess Lung Clot Risk Before Ordering
CT angiography might not be
necessary in many patients suspected of having a blood clot in the
lung (pulmonary embolism), and a risk analysis can identify those
most likely to require the procedure, a new study suggests.
Key Blood Sugar Test Seems to Differ By Race
The hemoglobin A1C test is
supposed to give doctors a sense of diabetics' long-term blood
sugar levels, but new research suggests the test may have different
results depending on race, even if daily blood sugar levels are the
Gene-Based Detection Method Might Spot HIV
In a effort to improve the
methods for early detection of HIV, researchers sought to determine
if a program using "nucleic acid testing" (NAT) would increase the
number of cases that could be detected early, and found that it did
so by 23 percent.
IV Steroids May Be Overkill in COPD Patients
Low-dose steroid pills seem
to work as well as high doses of injected steroids for patients
hospitalized with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD), researchers report.
Vitamin B6 Tied to Lowered Lung Cancer Risk
A new study shows that
people with high levels of a B vitamin are half as likely as others
to develop lung cancer. But while the reduction in risk is
significant, this doesn't mean that smokers should hit the vitamin
aisle instead of quitting.