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Clinical News In Brief

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News In Brief

- Patients receiving higher calorific intakes of total parenteral nutrition (TPN) have an increased risk of bloodstream infections, say US researchers. They studied 200 patients receiving TPN, of whom 39% contracted an infection. These patients received 36kcal on average per day compared with 31kcal for the uninfected.
Critical Care (2007) 11: R114

- Medtronic has recalled eight lots of Colorado II spinal implants – W07G2386-89, W07G2751, W07H0440 and W07H1809-10 – due to a manufacturing defect with the locking nuts. Around 644 UK devices are affected.

- Nearly 8,500 cases of tuberculosis were reported in the UK last year, latest figures from the Health Protection Agency show. Most of those affected were aged 15 to 44. Inner cities had the highest rates, with London accounting for 40% of cases.

- Around 5% of all cancers in middle-aged and older women are caused by being overweight or obese, say the authors of a seven-year study on one million UK women. They found half of all womb cancer cases were caused by obesity and it was a major risk factor for ovarian, kidney and pancreatic cancers.
BMJ Online First (2007)

- The Scottish Medicines Consortium has approved a 12mcg metered dose formoterol inhaler (Atimos Modulite) for the relief of broncho-obstructive symptoms in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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