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Ultrasound-guided needle aspiration “insufficient” for skin abscesses

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For treatment of uncomplicated skin abscesses, the efficacy of ultrasound-guided needle aspiration is not on par with incision and drainage – it doesn't even come close. In a nonblinded randomized controlled trial of about 100 such patients, the overall treatment failure...

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Noninvasive hemoglobin meter readings seen to be unreliable

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Noninvasive measurements of hemoglobin levels using the Masimo hemoglobin meter are “systematically” underestimated and are not reliable enough to guide decisions about the need for blood transfusions, a French team reports in the Annals of Emergency Medicine online January...

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CT scans not needed routinely for head trauma in children with bleeding disorders

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For children with bleeding disorders who experience head trauma, cranial CT scans are usually not necessary if symptoms are absent, investigators report in The Journal of Pediatrics online January 14. Dr. Lois K. Lee, at Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and...