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Only two testing visits needed to confirm asthma in most patients

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Only two visits to the pulmonary function lab — one for pre- and post-bronchodilatory spirometry and one for a methacholine challenge test — are necessary to confirm an asthma diagnosis in over 90% of...

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Pleuritic chest pain, thrombophilia predict pulmonary embolism

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Clinical prediction rules for judging the likelihood of a pulmonary embolism (PE) could be improved, new research shows. Now the rules leave out certain variables that could help raise or lower suspicion, according to the...

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Interferon assays better than skin test for detecting active TB

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Active tuberculosis is more readily found with commercially available interferon-gamma release assays than with tuberculin skin tests, according to a meta-analysis. Furthermore, when the assays – QuantiFERON-TB...