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Low-radiation CT coronary angiography as accurate as invasive studies

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Prospective ECG-triggering during computed tomography (CT) scanning of the heart can substantially reduce patients’ exposure to radiation while maintaining imaging accuracy close to that of invasive angiography, Swiss investigators report. With prospective ECG-triggering,...

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Risks of opioid use by elderly arthritic patients outweigh benefits

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Opioid analgesics should not be used in elderly patients with osteoarthritis even if their pain is severe, because the associated risks are so great, according to a review of previous studies. “We found that pain reduction with opioid treatment was small to moderate. ...

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Oxygen therapy relieves headache pain in the ED, cuts length of stay, drug use

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Giving high-flow oxygen therapy for 15 minutes to emergency department patients with headaches provides rapid relief and reduces hospital stays, use of CT scans, and headache pharmacotherapy, according to a pilot study. Dr. Boris Veysman of the University of Medicine and...