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Intrapartum group B strep screening by PCR cost-effective

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Compared with antenatal vaginal cultures, intrapartum PCR screening for maternal group B streptococcal colonization reduces the rate of neonatal GBS disease, a French study has shown. Furthermore, “When the costs of screening and antibiotic prophylaxis were included, we...

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First-void urine not needed for Chlamydia testing

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – While first-void urine specimens have been used traditionally to test for Chlamydia trachomatis, newer DNA detection methods produce reliable results using midstream specimens, a New Zealand group reports in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. “The...

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Serial change in troponin I aids in early diagnosis of MI

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In patients presenting with chest pain, troponin I levels measured on admission and at 3 hours reliably rule out or rule in acute MI -- whether measured with a high sensitivity assay or a standard contemporary assay, a German team reports in the Journal of the American Medical...