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With unfractionated heparin, doctors often underdose obese VTE patients

Doctors often prescribe unfractionated heparin to obese patients with venous thromboembolism below the recommended doses based on body weight, according to a new study. As a result, some patients in the study took longer than 24 hours to reach therapeutic anticoagulation — possibly putting them at risk for...

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Time to revisit the oxygen saturation cut point for pneumonia hospitalization?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients with pneumonia and blood oxygen saturation less than 90% are usually hospitalized. Yet, results of new study suggest that the threshold for hospitalization should be raised to less than 92%. “Our results suggest that a cut off of 92% for sending people home is much...

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Heart failure patients benefit from n-3 PUFAs

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In patients with chronic stable heart failure (HF) due to nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy, a year’s treatment with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) increases left ventricular ejection fraction and functional capacity, new research shows. Although these are...