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Pleural fluid NT-pro-BNP levels better than BNP for confirming cardiac effusions

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For diagnosing heart failure-related pleural effusions, pleural fluid levels of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) are more accurate than BNP levels, say researchers from Spain. Dr. Jose M. Porcel and...

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Jaundice spread won’t predict bilirubin levels

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Cephalocaudal jaundice progression does not correlate with bilirubin levels, especially in late-term premature infants, a new prospective study shows. Visual assessment of jaundice has long been used to gauge newborns’...

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Combining drugs improves neuropathic pain relief

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Given together, nortriptyline and gabapentin are more effective than either agent alone in treating neuropathic pain, according to a report in the September 30th online issue of The Lancet. “Drugs for...