Top stories in health and medicine, January 22, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. NSAIDs Linked to Leaks After GI Surgery. Postoperative nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use was associated with anastomotic leak after nonelective colorectal surgery.
  2. More Nurses May Mean Fewer Deaths in ICU. A high nurse to patient ratio in intensive care units was independently associated with a lower risk of in-hospital death, according to results from a study involving more than a thousand ICUs in 75 countries.
  3. Injecting Sperm into Egg Doesn’t Guarantee Pregnancy. The use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) was not associated with improved reproductive outcome compared to conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF).
  4. T2D Therapy With Weekly DPP-4 Inhibitor Proves Feasible. An investigational weekly DPP-4 inhibitor proved noninferior to daily alogliptin (Nesina) among Japanese patients in a phase III study.

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