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Levothyroxine should be taken in a fasting state

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For hypothyroid patients taking levothyroxine, therapeutic levels are best maintained by taking the medication in a fasting state, at least an hour before breakfast, new research indicates. Levothyroxine has a relatively narrow “toxic to therapeutic ratio,” the researchers...

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Low and high adiponectin levels linked to death in type 2 diabetics

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Both low and high levels of adiponectin are associated with an increased risk of death in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to study findings presented Tuesday at the 20th World Diabetes Congress in Montreal. By contrast, adiponectin levels are not independent...

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Blood transfusion after PCI of little benefit for moderately low hematocrit

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For patients with a hematocrit nadir of 24%-30% following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the benefits of blood transfusion are unlikely to outweigh the risks, researchers say. Antiplatelet and antithrombin treatment during and after PCI increase the risk of bleeding,...