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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The institution of lipid-lowering therapy has significantly reduced mortality in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), researchers from South Africa report in the October 10th online Circulation. “The...

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Capecitabine improves survival in women with advanced breast cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For women with advanced breast cancer, capecitabine provides similar overall survival with less toxicity compared with classical cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, and fluorouracil (CMF) first-line therapy, researchers report in...

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Steroid injection quells vocal nodule dysphonia

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Triamcinolone acetonide injected through the cricothyroid membrane prompts significant improvement in patients with vocal nodules. Almost half of the nodules disappeared within weeks, Korean researchers report in the...

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High orchiectomy rate in boys with testicular torsion

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – As many as 4 in 10 boys with testicular torsion require orchiectomy, according to a report in the September 23rd online issue of The Journal of Urology.“Boys with testicular torsions are often diagnosed late in the disease...

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Nail bed hemorrhage associated with optic disc hemorrhage in glaucoma

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Nail bed hemorrhage may serve as a clinical marker of optic disc hemorrhage in patients with glaucoma, researchers from South Korea report in the October Archives of Ophthalmology. Nailfold capillaroscopy is a simple, safe,...

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Nuisance bleedings boost prasugrel non-compliance

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Prasugrel helps stop thrombotic events in patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), but associated “nuisance” bleeding may prompt discontinuation of such therapy, French researchers report...

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Percutaneous mitral regurgitation repair safe in very high risk patients

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Percutaneous edge-to-edge mitral valve repair using the MitraClip device can be safely performed even in very high risk patients, researchers from Germany report in the September 3rd online American Journal of...

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No increased risk of cardiovascular events among postmenopausal women with PCOS

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) does not appear to increase the risk of cardiovascular events among postmenopausal women, researchers from Sweden report in the September 28th online issue of The Journal of Clinical...

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VTE prophylaxis in gynecologic surgery: effective yet underused

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For the majority of women undergoing gynecologic surgery for benign conditions, intermittent pneumatic compression provides sufficient protection against venous thromboembolism (VTE). Women at increased risk for blood...

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CPAP an ‘appealing’ initial respiratory management approach in preemies

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The early use of nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) reduces the number of preterm babies who are intubated and given surfactant. In a prospective randomized study of more than 600 very preterm infants, those...