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Coronary artery lesions develop if Kawasaki disease treatment is delayed

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy started 10 days or more after onset of Kawasaki disease (KD) suppresses inflammation but does not prevent coronary artery lesions, a Japanese team reports in Pediatrics online January 16. “Physicians should therefore treat such patients...

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Study challenges potassium guidelines in acute MI

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Data released online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association challenge current guidelines for maintaining potassium levels immediately after a heart attack. Clinical practice guidelines from major medical societies call for potassium to be kept above 4.0...

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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...