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Four-drug combo better than morphine before intubation of preemies

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A combination of drugs designed to prevent pain, distress and physiologic instability in premature infants being intubated works better than premedication with morphine, a Scandinavian group has shown. In fact, “Because of...

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Valproate does not prevent behavioral disturbances in Alzheimer’s disease

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For patients with Alzheimer’s disease, prophylactic treatment with divalproex sodium does not delay the emergence of agitation or psychosis, or slow the progression of dementia, a study shows. “The results of this trial,...

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Bortezomib of uncertain benefit in therapy for follicular lymphoma

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Results of two phase II trials investigating the addition of bortezomib to combination treatments of follicular lymphoma suggest that the strategy is feasible and effective, and the authors of the two reports in the Journal...

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Cardiac resynchronization reduces risk of recurring heart failure events

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Cardiac resynchronization therapy not only reduces the risk of a first heart failure event but also recurring events, according to an analysis of data from the MADIT-CRT trial. “The results of the present MADIT-CRT...

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No serious adverse effects from flu vaccination seen in preschool children

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Among children between 24 and 59 months of age, vaccination with trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) is not associated with any serious adverse events, according to a study of data from seven managed care...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Despite changes in the flora responsible for microbial keratitis, second-generation fluoroquinolone monotherapy remains the empirical treatment of choice, researchers from the UK report in the July 18th online...

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RF ablation alternative to surgery in early liver cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a viable alternative in patients with early hepatocellular carcinoma who are not candidates for surgery, Taiwanese researchers report in a July 11th on-line paper in the Journal of...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Treatment of isolated diastolic hypertension in patients with cerebrovascular disease protects against major vascular events, according to results from the PROGRESS trial. “For patients with previous stroke or TIA, isolated...

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Antithrombotic agent withdrawal increases ischemic stroke risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – One in twenty ischemic strokes occurs within 60 days of withdrawal of antithrombotic agents, according to a report in the June 30th online issue of Stroke. Antithrombotic medications may be withheld in anticipation of an...

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Considerable risk of pneumothorax seen with transthoracic needle lung biopsy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Pneumothorax occurs in 15% of patients having a transthoracic needle biopsy of a pulmonary nodule, according to the findings of a population-based cross-sectional study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine for August...