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A hundred years ago
23 Sep 2016
PROBABLY of all the symptoms that a malingerer can simulate, one of the most baffling is incontinence of urine. When medico-legal cases are sent for examination and report, there is usually only an opportunity for a single examination, lasting perhaps under an hour, which makes it well nigh impossible to disprove allegations of this disability.
01 Aug 2016
The idea of employing the electrically provoked activity of the muscles as a therapeutic agent in obesity has been made practical by the perfection of the present apparatus. Its application is not restricted by any crippling condition of the joints, and, whilst avoiding any dangerous strain upon the heart, it provides an amount of exercise sufficient to start a more or less rapid lipolysis. Perhaps the most interesting and surprising feature is the rapidity with which physical activity may be regained under treatment.
Giving up alcohol early on improves survival in cirrhosis
21 May 2009
Stopping drinking a month after the diagnosis of cirrhosis is the most important predictor of survival, a British study has found. The severity of cirrhosis found on biopsy had little impact on survival. The study followed 100 patients consecutively diagnosed with biopsy proven alcohol-induced cirrhosis at Southampton General Hospital. Patients with additional disease processes which were non-cirrhotic and patients without accurate mortality data were excluded from the study. Biopsies were scored for severity of cirrhosis by two independent observers. Data on drinking 30 days after diagnosis were available on all but four subjects.'This study clearly confirms that the single most important determinant of long-term prognosis in alcohol-induced cirrhosis is for the patient to stop drinking. For patients with cirrhosis, it is never too late.'