Friday, April 5, 2013

Adding Corticosteroids to Antibiotics for Sore Throat

A recent review published by the Annals of Internal Medicine concludes that adding corticosteroids to antibiotics in the treatment of sore throat improves symptom resolution without increasing adverse side effects. The various trials used different steroids and different doses, so no specific guidance was given regarding this.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Heart risk assessment tests also predict cognitive decline

The Framingham Risk Score seems to also apply to the prediction of cognitive decline in addition to predicting adverse cardiovascular events. A recent study from the journal Neurology, found that risk assessment tests for  cardiovascular disease also were predictive of mental decline 10 years later.