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Capillary blood glucose test beats HbA1c for mass diabetes screening

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – As a mass screening tool for diabetes and pre-diabetes in China, the fasting capillary blood glucose (FCG) test performs better than the hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) test, a study suggests. “We have evaluated the performance of HbA1c as a mass screening test for diabetes...

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Old age a bigger disadvantage in abdominal surgery than previously reported

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Old age has a greater impact on abdominal surgery outcomes than previously reported, according to two papers in the December Archives of Surgery. For the first article, Dr. Nader N. Massarweh and colleagues at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle...

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Drug-eluting stents best for chronic total coronary occlusion

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In patients with chronic total coronary occlusions, drug-eluting stents (DES) have better long-term outcomes than bare metal stents, according to a paper from Italy. When non-simultaneous cohorts treated with the two types of stents were compared, DES reduced the 3-year...