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Phosphate-containing enemas may be deadly in elderly

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Sodium phosphate enemas, even in standard doses, may lead to severe metabolic disorders and death in elderly patients, warn clinicians from Israel in a paper this month in Archives of Internal Medicine. “Their use should be limited to low-risk patients only,” advise Dr....

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Guideline recommends metformin as first oral agent for treating type 2 diabetes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – If lifestyle changes are not enough to control type 2 diabetes, metformin should be the first oral agent added to treatment, according to a new clinical practice guideline issued by the American College of Physicians and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine for February...

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Beta-blocker continuation after surgery linked to better outcomes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients on beta-blockers who undergo surgery are nearly twice as likely to experience adverse events in the following months if beta-blockers are discontinued, investigators report in the Archives of Surgery online January 16. “A focus on beta-blocker continuation is a...