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Atypical antipsychotics seen relatively safe for behavioral symptoms in elderly

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among psychotropic agents administered to elderly patients for behavioral symptoms, atypical antipsychotics are safer than -- or at least as safe as -- other classes of drugs, according to a study reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal online March 28. As noted by...

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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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Clopidogrel cessation before abdominal surgery not always necessary

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Discontinuing clopidogrel before abdominal operation -- whether elective or emergent -- may not be necessary, a New York team advises. When discontinuation is deemed prudent, however, they recommend a 7-day preop washout period. Writing in the Archives of Surgery for March,...