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PE risk factor assessment reduces need for CT angiograms

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - By evaluating risk factors for thromboembolism, physicians can reduce the number of computed tomography (CT) angiograms they order for patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), investigators report. “There’s virtually universal concern among radiologists that there...

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Probiotics may prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Enterally administered probiotic treatment with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG can cut the rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in high-risk patients, according to pilot study results. “The mechanism(s) of action of Lactobacillus (or any probiotic) is/are not...

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Hospital treatment of acute COPD rarely guideline-based

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nine times out of 10, patients admitted to a U.S. hospital for acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are treated initially with high doses of intravenously-administered corticosteroids -- instead of low doses of oral steroids as current clinical...