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Episode 39: New trials you need to know about – Part II

In episode 39 we get to the 4 studies we didn’t get to in the previous podcast. We discuss evidence that BMI is as useful as cholesterol when it comes to estimating cardiovascular risk, inhaled corticosteroids increase risk of pneumonia in patients with COPD – but don’t worry just put them on daily erythromycin – and finally we discuss yet another antihypertensive trial. Mike demonstrates some sensitivity approaches to medicine in general and James ignores him.

Show Notes

1) BMI predicts risk as well as knowing a patient’s cholesterol

Lancet 2008;371:923-31

2) Meta-analysis of inhaled corticosteroids in COPD – no difference in mortality, reduction in exacerbations but pneumonia was increased by 4% (absolute) over a period of a year

JAMA 2008;300:2407-16

3) Erythromycin 250 mg BID for one year compared to placebo – exacerbations reduced to a similar degree as to that seen with inhalers

Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2008;178:1139–47

4) ACCOMPLISH – Benazepril plus Amlodipine or Hydrochlorothiazide for Hypertension in High-Risk Patients

N Engl J Med 2008;359:2417-28

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