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Monofilament testing insufficient to diagnose peripheral neuropathy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Monofilament testing alone is inadequate for diagnosing peripheral neuropathy, according to a systematic literature review done by physicians in The Netherlands. As the authors note in the Annals of Family Medicine for November/December, “Monofilament testing is an...

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Blood transfusion safe, possibly beneficial in acute decompensated heart failure

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Blood transfusion is safe and may be beneficial in patients with acute decompensated heart failure, say researchers from Israel in the October American Heart Journal. Because of the adverse affects of anemia in acute decompensated heart failure, blood transfusions are often...

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Little or no coronary calcification means low risk of cardiovascular events

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Individuals with minimal or no coronary calcification face a low risk of cardiovascular events, according to results from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). “Calcium scoring outperforms C reactive protein, lipid measures and other risk stratification...