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Green tea reduces BP and improves lipid profile
As reported in Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases, a meta-analysis involved 20 RCTs and 1536 participants showed that consumption of green tea (Camellia sinensis) is associated with a reduction in systolic blood pressure (-1.94 mmHg) and improved lipid profile (TC, -0.13 mmol/l; LDL-C, -0.19 mmol/l). Additional studies quantifying the association are needed.
CT screening for lung cancer in patients 55-80 years of age beneficial
As reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, annual CT screening of ever-smokers between 55 and 80 years of age for lung cancer is beneficial. Such screening would result in 45-54% of diagnoses in stage I or II, a 14% reduction in lung cancer mortality, and 497 deaths averted.
Triple therapy superior to dual therapy in HCV
As reported in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, treatment of hepatitis C virus-infected patients with triple therapy (pegylated-interferon, ribavirin, and teleprevir) is more effective than dual therapy (pegylated-interferon and ribavirin). Specifically, a sustained virologic response was achieved in 51% of treatment-naïve patients, 67% of patients with a prior non-response and 56% of patients with a prior relapse of patients treated with triple therapy compared to 37%, 11%, and 27% of patients treated with dual therapy, respectively.