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Balloon dilation as effective as lithotripsy for removal of large bile duct stones

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Following endoscopic sphincterotomy, large bile duct stones can be managed as successfully with large balloon dilation as with traditional mechanical lithotripsy, and with fewer complications, according to a report from Greece in The American Journal of Gastroenterology published...

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Starting dialysis early in course of kidney disease linked to worse outcomes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients who begin dialysis when kidney disease is at a relatively early stage have an increased risk of dying in the following year, according to a November 8 online report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Mortality in the first year after starting dialysis increased from...

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Concomitant PPI and antiplatelet therapy appropriate when based on risk assessment

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Updated guidelines compiled by an expert panel of cardiologists and gastroenterologists address the issue of a possible drug interaction between proton pump inhibitors and thienopyridine antiplatelet agents, and recommend the combination when it’s medically...