The perception that the more aggressive glucose control is the better the patient will be doesn’t hold true in the multicentre SHINE* trial. Intensive glucose control at a target of 80–130 mg/dL with intravenous (IV) insulin did not improve outcomes in patients with ischaemic stroke. Instead, it carried an increased risk of severe hypoglycaemia.
Among patients with a recent acute ischaemic stroke treated with thrombolytic therapy, intensive blood pressure (BP)-lowering conferred no additional benefit in functional recovery compared with guideline-recommended BP-lowering, despite a reduced risk of intracranial haemorrhage with intensive therapy, according to results of the ENCHANTED* trial.
Hospitalization rates for stroke increased by 20 percent each year between 2008 and 2015, according to a large US study, and these incidents were apparently tied to spikes in opioid misuse and cases of drug-related infective endocarditis.
The evacuation of moderate-to-large brain bleeds using stereotactic catheter aspiration and the thrombolytic agent alteplase (ie, MISTIE* approach) was no better than standard medical therapy in providing functional improvement post-stroke, according to the results of the MISTIE III trial presented at ISC 2019. However, this strategy appears to hold promise in reducing mortality risk.
Patients presenting within 9 hours from stroke onset or with wake-up stroke can still benefit from thrombolytic therapy based on automated computed tomography (CT) perfusion imaging-guided patient selection, according to the EXTEND* study presented at ISC 2019.
Nicotine may not have a neuroprotective effect on intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) as previously suggested in animal studies, with former or current smokers demonstrating no difference in post-ICH functional outcomes compared with non-smokers, according to findings from the US-based ERICH* study.
Prehospital, transdermal delivery of the nitric oxide (NO) donor nitroglycerin did not reduce blood pressure (BP) and post-stroke disability in patients with suspected ultra-acute stroke, according to the results of the RIGHT*-2 trial presented at ISC 2019, thus debunking the conventional belief that early NO administration to supplement the low vascular NO concentrations may benefit acute stroke.
Treatment with the second-generation hydrogel coils significantly reduces the rate of aneurysm recurrence compared with standard platinum coils, with no increase in adverse events, reveals the HEAT* study presented at ISC 2019.
Chronic pancreatitis patients taking antioxidants (AO) supplementation show a sustained increase in blood levels of AO, but no additional benefit is seen on endocrine and exocrine functions, markers of fibrosis, oxidative stress (OS) and inflammation, nutritional status, pain, and quality of life (QOL) when compared with those on placebo, according to a study.
Pneumonia is a common infection– affecting around 3,200 people inSingapore in 2016 – making it the thirdmost common cause of hospitalisation inthe country. Its common complications,especially with delayed or inappropriatetreatment, include bacteraemia andseptic shock, lung abscesses, pleuraleffusions, empyema, pleurisy, respiratoryfailure and renal failure.