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Delayed return of fecal blood tests may miss colorectal cancers

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Due to hemoglobin degradation, delayed return of fecal occult blood tests (FOBTs) may miss colorectal adenomas and possibly also overt malignancy, according to a report in the International Journal of Cancer for August 15. ...

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Less frequent INR testing suitable for some patients on anticoagulation

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – INR testing intervals of 4 weeks or less are typically recommended for patients on long-term warfarin therapy, but new research suggests that less frequent testing may be safe for patients with stable INR values. ...

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Allogeneic transfusions may trigger systemic immunosuppression

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Allogeneic blood transfusions in patients who undergo coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) substantially increase the patient’s odds of nosocomial infection, hospital readmission within 30 days and mortality, the...