Probiotics for prevention of the common cold

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A meta-analysis of 10 randomized trials compared probiotics (strains of lactobacilli, bifidobacterium, and propionibacterium) with placebo for the prevention of upper respiratory tract infections showed that probiotics decreased the rate of acute respiratory infections but they had no significant effect on the duration of symptoms.

Higher-quality trials that include older adults are needed before it can be determined whether probiotics have a role in the prevention of respiratory tract infections in adults. [Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2011;:CD006895.]

And now good bye to lead aprons in the cath labs

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The US FDA has approved the first robotic-assisted percutaneous coronary intervention system, the CorPath 200 of Corindus Vascular Robotics on the basis of the PRECISE trial. The results were presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

Of the 162 procedures performed with the robotic technology in PRECISE, only two cases had to be converted to manual stent implantation, and the fault was not that of the robotic system, said Giora Weisz, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.


1.  The interventional cardiologist sits at a console away from the fluoroscopy system

2.  Reducing operator radiation exposure

3.  One is not required to wear lead aprons

4.   More precise placement of stents

5.   Reduced procedure time

6.   Reduced contrast media used