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    CAC Progression No Better Than Most Recent CAC Score: Study

    July 8, 2016

    NEW YORK - Progression of the coronary artery calcification (CAC) score over time predicts the risk of cardiovascular disease, but it performs no better than the most recent CAC score, according to findings from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS). "I must admit that I expected to find th

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    Persistent Fatty Liver Increases Risk of Carotid Atherosclerosis

    July 6, 2016

    NEW YORK - Patients with persistent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) face a significantly elevated risk of carotid atherosclerosis, according to a new study of Korean men. "The most interesting finding of our research is that regression of fatty liver is associated with reduced risk of su

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    CT Scans Reliable Determinants of Blunt Trauma

    July 5, 2016

    NEW YORK - CT scans identify all clinically significant cervical spine injuries in intoxicated patients with blunt trauma, according to a new study. "I don't think any of the results were particularly surprising to any of us who regularly do trauma care, but what I do think is remarkable about th

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    Protein-Based Risk Score Improves Prediction of Cardiovascular Events

    June 29, 2016

    NEW YORK - A new protein-based risk score outperforms the Framingham model for predicting cardiovascular outcomes in patients with stable coronary heart disease. "Patients who carry the diagnosis of stable coronary heart disease have been viewed traditionally as a homogeneous population within wh

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    New HCV Diagnostic Tests Provide Accuracy and Low Costs

    June 27, 2016

    NEW YORK - Several hepatitis C virus core antigen (HCVcAg) tests accurately diagnose hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and could replace nucleic acid testing (NAT) in settings where HCV is prevalent, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis. "Overall, several of the tests perform very w

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    Key Medicare Fund Could Exhaust Reserves in 2028: Trustees

    June 22, 2016


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    Patients Who Don’t Speak English are Likely to Return to the Emergency Room

    May 13, 2016

    (Reuters Health) - Patients in the emergency room who don't speak English well are slightly more likely to return within days, suggesting their care the first time was not as good as it could have been, researchers say. In a study in one New York hospital, about 4 percent of English speakers made

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    The Treatment of Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is best in Higher-Volume Hospitals

    May 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Higher-volume hospitals do better in treatment of obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), but more efforts are needed to direct patients to these centers, according to New York-based researchers. In an April 27 online paper in JAMA Cardiology, they note that rec

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    Report Shows Implanted Cardioveter-defibrillators Carries High Risk

    May 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Implanted cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) carry a high risk of long-term complications, especially for younger patients, women, and blacks, researchers report. Early implantation-related risks such as device malfunction are well known, but longer-term risks -- espec

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    Study Shows Statins lower the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

    May 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lipid-lowering therapy, consisting almost entirely of statins, substantially lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cardiovascular death in individuals with type 1 diabetes without a history of CVD, according to a new study. Among more than 24,000 Swedish