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In Press: Recording of Smoking Status Prior to Surgical Operation

A report published last week in Suomen Lääkärilehti (Finnish Medical Journal) investigated recording of preoperative smoking status in the Porvoo hospital area during the early implementation phase of the smoke-free surgery treatment model. The study demonstrated that recording of smoking status prior to elective surgery was not systematic: among 149 patients, smoking status was recorded at… Read more »

In Press: Real-world treatment outcomes of vedolizumab among Finnish IBD patients (FINVEDO)

A recently published real-world cohort study demonstrated that vedolizumab, an anti-integrin antibody, is an effective and well-tolerated treatment option for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  The FINVEDO study showed high treatment persistence and improvements in disease activity, even in the case of refractory disease, for IBD patients treated with vedolizumab. To date, approximately 50,000… Read more »

In Press: Finnish dentists find smoking cessation important but seldom provide concrete withdrawal guidance

A recent study published in Community Dental Health reveals that Finnish dentists find smoking cessation important but seldom provide concrete withdrawal guidance. It is well known that smoking has a major negative influence on oral health. As two thirds of Finns visit a dentist at least once a year, dental offices are the ideal place… Read more »

In press: Quitting smoking reduces operation risks

A recent report published in Suomen Lääkärilehti (Finnish Medical Journal) investigated preoperative smoking cessation practices and challenges at Finnish university hospitals. Smoking is a well-known risk factor for surgical operations and postoperative complications. In Finland, however, an estimated 40,000 patients waiting for elective surgery in 2014 were current smokers. The report revealed that better cooperation between… Read more »

In press: Smoking is a major independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease in middleaged population

Smoking is a major independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in middle-aged population, a recent Finnish study indicates. Cigarette smoke is the second leading cause for CVD mortality after high blood pressure. More than 10% of the over 17 million CVD-related annual global deaths are estimated to be caused by smoking. However, the study… Read more »

In press: Smokers cause increased health care costs already in their middle age

Cardiovascular disease, COPD, cancer, and more—smoking is a well-known and important risk factor for various illnesses. However, according to a recent study, the negative effects of smoking are evident long before the diagnosis of smoking-related diseases. The Finnish study published in March 2016 reveals that by the age of 46, smokers already use significantly more… Read more »

GAD Associated with High Secondary Care Cost

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a common but underdiagnosed mental disorder. Its estimated prevalence in the general population is 2–3 %, but the prevalence rises to nearly 8 % in primary care patients, making it one of the most common mental disorders a primary care physician encounters. However, many physicians fail to recognize GAD, and… Read more »






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