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Single-incision laparoscopic colectomy feasible

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In selected patients, colectomy can be performed laparoscopically via a single port. However, the advantages of this technique over multiport laparoscopic colectomy seem marginal, according to a report in the Annals of...

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No increased cancer risk with ARB candesartan: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Treatment with the angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) candesartan is not associated with either carcinogenesis or cancer death compared with non-ARB standard antihypertensive treatment, suggests a study from Japan. “The...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In patients with large proximal ureteral stones, laparoscopic ureterolithotomy (LAP) is associated with higher success rates and fewer treatment sessions than extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) or ureterolithotripsy...

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Net clinical benefit favors ticagrelor over clopidogrel, PLATO trialists say

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In the Platelet Inhibition and Patient Outcomes (PLATO) trial, ticagrelor and clopidogrel were associated with similar rates of major bleeding, but ticagrelor was associated with increased rates of non-procedure-related...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Ten-year survival rates are high when patients with unfavorable localized prostate cancer are treated with external beam radiotherapy boosted with conformal high-dose-rate brachytherapy, a Spanish group reports. “This...

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Prior ACE inhibitor use does not improve ACS outcomes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Hospital outcomes in patients with an acute coronary syndrome are no different whether they were previously taking an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or not, according to the findings of a Canadian study reported in...

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Rituximab may be effective for systemic rheumatoid vasculitis

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients with systemic vasculitis associated with rheumatoid arthritis respond well to rituximab therapy, French investigators report in Arthritis Care & Research online November 10. “Complete remission of SRV was...

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No long-term benefits seen with late PCI of infarct-related artery after MI

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Among stable patients with persistent total occlusion of the infarct-related artery after myocardial infarction, those who undergo late percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) fare no better over 5 years than those treated...

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Zoledronic acid maintains BMD in breast cancer patients on letrozole

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Bone loss in postmenopausal women taking adjuvant letrozole for early breast cancer can be prevented with administration of zoledronic acid, investigators report in Cancer online October 10. Nonetheless, they advise, “The...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Statin therapy before and during acute ischemic stroke hospitalization is associated with improved poststroke survival, and going off statin therapy in the hospital is associated with worse poststroke survival, a large...