Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Clinical news in brief - from the journals

In 'grassroots' hospitals, knowledge about Parkinson's disease - its diagnosis and management - is very limited for both neurologists and patients, a study from the West China Hospital in Chengdu has shown. Neurologists lacked knowledge of non-motor symptoms, differential diagnosis, therapeutic strategy and appropriate indications of surgical treatment, although they were familiar with the motor symptoms of the disease.

Adenoviruses cause 10% of cases where children are hospitalised for severe diarrhoea in China, according to a study from the Capital Institute of Pediatrics, Beijing.

More than 95% of people in Jiangsu have inadequate levels of riboflavin in their diet, putting them at risk of anaemia, a study has shown.

High levels of arsenic in seafood - and especially shellfish - pose a risk to human health, researchers from Shandong have warned.

People with epilepsy who have been seizure free for at least two years may be able to come off their anti-epilepsy medication, neurologists in Chengdu has shown. In a study of 162 patents with epilepsy who slowly tapered off their medication, 23% had a recurrent seizure and had to re-commence medication.

Ovarian cancer is relatively uncommon in China and rates are in decline, a review by the Henan Cancer Research and Control Office has concluded.

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