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Ethanol locks favored for central lines in children on chronic parenteral nutrition

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In children with intestinal failure who are dependent on parenteral nutrition through an indwelling central venous catheter, the use of ethanol locks rather than conventional heparin locks reduces the number of catheter-related bloodstream infections and catheter...

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Serial change in troponin I aids in early diagnosis of MI

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In patients presenting with chest pain, troponin I levels measured on admission and at 3 hours reliably rule out or rule in acute MI -- whether measured with a high sensitivity assay or a standard contemporary assay, a German team reports in the Journal of the American Medical...

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Use PERC “with confidence” to rule-out pulmonary embolism

“The rule has shown consistent performance in different settings. Hence, it can be used with confidence,” Dr. Subhash Chandra, who was involved in the analysis, told Reuters Health.PERC also has “acceptable” specificity for ruling out pulmonary embolism in patients with low pretest probability, the...