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Don’t Blame Warfarin for Occult Fecal Blood

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients on warfarin need not discontinue treatment when they have a fecal occult blood test (FOBT), as it does not affect the predictive accuracy of the test for identifying colorectal neoplasms, according to findings reported in an August 3rd online publication of the American...

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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...