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Aspirin Not Preferred for PCI Patients Undergoing Anticoagulation Therapy

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The WOEST trial results have recently been published, and they reaffirm the major finding of the study, which is that treatment with only clopidogrel is preferred over using aspirin and clopidogrel for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention or PCI in patients undergoing oral anticoagulant therapy.
According to the published results, prescribing clopidogrel alone in this kind of situation [...]

Antioxidants for Better Liver Transplant Results

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

A recent study has shown that administration of NAC (N-acetylcysteine) in liver donors could improve the outcome of the liver transplantation by a significant margin. According to the study, the chances of graft functioning and survival was greater among patients who received their livers from NAC-treated donors than for those patients who received livers from [...]

Heart Failure Treatment May be Confounded by Arrhythmia

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

A recent meta-study brought up questions about the effectiveness of beta blockers for treatment of heart failure in patients who have reduced LVEF (left ventricular ejection fraction) as well as atrial fibrillation. According to the study, treatment with beta blockers had no significant effect on reducing mortality in AF patients, which is in contrast with [...]

Rivaroxaban Not Suitable for Extended Prophylactic Anticoagulation

Monday, February 25th, 2013

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says that the benefits of Rivaroxaban for extended prophylactic anticoagulation are outweighed by the risk of bleeding. As a result, it is still uncertain if extended prophylactic anticoagulation may be beneficial for such patients. A recent trial regarding apixaban, a next-generation anticoagulant, also showed [...]

Thromboembolism Risk Affected by Blood Type

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Two studies from Denmark show that the ABO blood type on its own and when combined with prothrombin and factor V mutations, is associated with greater risk of VTE, or venous thromboembolism. The study was conducted at the Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark and headed by Børge Nordestgaard. He said, “ABO blood type had an [...]

Bipolar Disorder in Young People Does not Conform to CBCL-JBD

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

A recent study shows that adolescents who have bipolar disorder and are currently going through a depressive episode do not confirm to the CBCL-JBD profile, or Child Behavior Checklist-Juvenile Bipolar Disorder profile.
The population characteristics followed by this study are different from those used in previous studies on the same topic, but research head Melissa DelBello [...]

Perihematomal Edema Reduced by Clot Evacuation

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

A recent study shows that perihematomal edema or PHE in patients diagnosed with intracerebral hemorrhage or ICH can be reduced significantly with a combination of minimally invasive surgery and recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator, or rt-PA. The findings of the study were published in Stroke, and are the result of an analysis of the MISTIE phase [...]

A New Tool for GERD Treatment

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

A recent long-term study shows that a magnetic esophageal sphincter device may hold promise in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. The study, which lasted for three years, showed that patients fitted with the device did not experience as much esophageal acid exposure as they did before being fitted with the plant. They [...]

Severity of Symptoms Not Necessarily Linked to Patient Distress in Hospices

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

A recent study showed that patients diagnosed with end-stage heart failure and being treated in hospices indicates multiple symptoms that could cause distress. However, the researchers noted that it is not necessary for the most severe symptoms to cause the greatest distress.
Patients who were part of the study experienced an average of 12 such symptoms, [...]

Children with Atopic Dermatitis May Have Greater Risk of Mental Health Problems

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

A recent U.S. medical study suggested that the risk of mental health disorders may be greater in children who atopic dermatitis, or AD. The study involved an analysis of reports from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) from 2007.
During their analysis, Eric Simpson and his colleagues from the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, [...]

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