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Discolored sputum shouldn’t equal antibiotic prescription

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors shouldn’t rely on sputum color when deciding whether to prescribe antibiotics to cough patients, according to a new study in the European Respiratory Journal. Researchers led by Dr. Christopher Butler of Cardiff University in the UK found that patients with yellow...

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Prehospital troponin test by paramedics speeds MI diagnosis

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Use of a point-of-care troponin T assay by paramedics before patients with suspected acute MI reach the hospital is feasible and has a high success rate in identifying actual MI cases, a Danish team reports. Dr. Jacob Thorsted Sorensen, at Aarhus University Hospital, and...

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Lowering troponin threshold identifies high-risk ACS group, improves outcomes

NEW YORK (Reuter Health) – With the availability of more sensitive troponin I assays, lowering the diagnostic threshold for detection of myocardial necrosis from 0.20 to 0.05 ng/mL results in the detection of more MIs and more timely treatment, and consequently less morbidity and mortality, a Scottish team...