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Best available evidence on the risk factors of hypertensive crisis in adult patients with hypertension

The risk of hypertensive crisis was higher in patients with a history of comorbid cardiovascular conditions, such as chronic kidney disease, coronary artery disease, and stroke. Hypertensive emergency was more common in men, older patients, and those with diabetes and hyperlipidemia. Non-adherence to antihypertensive medications and hypertensive diagnosis unawareness did not increase the risk of hypertensive emergency.

COVID-19 patients admitted to Australian ICUs – outcome data from the first months of the pandemic

During the first four months of the pandemic in Australia, mortality among invasively ventilated COVID-19 patients was lower than in some overseas reports, and the median duration of intensive care longer. Median peak intensive care unit bed occupancy by patients with COVID-19 was 14%.

Plaster cast as good as surgery for a broken scaphoid bone

The Scaphoid Waist Internal Fixation for Fractures Trial (SWIFFT) attempted to determine which method has the best outcome for patients and is most cost-effective. It included 439 mostly male patients aged 32-39 years. Half had surgery, and half had a plaster cast put on their wrist. The procedures were carried out by experienced surgeons and consultants across 31 NHS hospitals in England and Wales between July 2013 and July 2016. The study found that healing was similar with either approach but the surgical option was significantly more expensive.
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LOCAL RESEARCH: Innovative personalised management program for older adults with Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease in older persons presents with a diverse array of clinical manifestations. This article by local authors reviews the literature for strategies to proactively address the care needs of older persons with Parkinson’s disease.

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