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GASTROINTESTINAL

Another study finds that antibiotics do not help uncomplicated diverticulitis

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Diverticulitis is a condition where outpocketings along the colon's lining become inflamed. Seventy-five percent of diverticulitis cases are uncomplicated, meaning only colon wall inflammation is present. Diverticulitis is considered complicated if abscess, stricture, perforation, obstruction, or fistula are present. For decades, the recommended treatment for diverticulitis has been antibiotics. more

GENITOURINARY

Study looks at vaginal "rejuvenation" lasers

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Vaginal "rejuvenation" therapy has become big business, as evidenced by Internet searches that bring up long lists of local practitioners who advertise these services. A popular treatment is the use of lasers that are supposed to "reverse vaginal atrophy and relieve symptoms like vaginal pain, dryness, and urinary incontinence" leading to "improved sexual functioning and cosmetic appearance." more


INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Pediatric infections page

A review of common pediatric infections is now available on Straight Healthcare. The pediatric infections page covers the epidemiology, pathology, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of viral and bacterial infections that are prevalent among children.

Amoxicillin versus placebo for acute bronchitis in children

Doctor listening to child's lungs

Acute bronchitis is a lower respiratory tract infection marked by inflammation of the bronchi, the large airways of the lungs. Viruses cause greater than 90% of bronchitis cases, and bacteria account for less than 2%. Bronchitis is responsible for more than 10 million doctor's visits in the U.S. each year. more

MUSCULOSKELETAL

Study compares platelet-rich plasma to placebo for the treatment of ankle osteoarthritis

Vial of plasma

Sports Illustrated recently reported that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott received platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for a calf injury. Proponents of PRP injections contend that injecting bloodborne cytokines and growth factors in and around damaged tendons and joints accelerates healing. more

PSYCHIATRY

Qelbree® (Viloxazine) - New nonstimulant treatment for ADHD

ADHD pills

A new drug for the treatment of ADHD is now available. Qelbree® (viloxazine) is a nonstimulant that works by inhibiting the reuptake of norepinephrine; this mechanism of action is the same as Strattera®. It is approved for ADHD in children 6 - 17 years old. The main side effects are somnolence, headache, decreased appetite, and fatigue. more