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Anti-TNF treatment of rheumatoid arthritis does not affect mortality

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – There appears to be no increase or decrease in mortality among arthritis patients treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor agents, when compared to standard non-biologic treatment, British data indicate. Writing in Arthritis & Rheumatism published online July 26, Dr. Kemme...

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Clopidogrel loading just prior to PCI seen effective

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention are just as good when a loading dose of clopidogrel is given in the cath lab just before the procedure as when the loading dose is given 4 to 8 hours beforehand, an Italian group reports. Dr. Germano Di Sciascio of the...

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Comparison Rates Drug-Eluting Stents for SVG Stenosis

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stents coated with sirolimus (Cypher) and those coated with paclitaxel (Taxus) perform equally well for revascularization of saphenous vein grafts, investigators report. A multicenter, retrospective analysis shows that, after one year, there is no significant difference between...