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    ORBIT Score Predicts Bleeding Risk in AF Patients

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK - The five-factor ORBIT bleeding score accurately predicts major bleeding risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who are taking oral anticoagulants (OACs), researchers report. "The ORBIT score highlights modifiable factors that increase bleeding risk and can help providers ident

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    CHADS2 Variant Calculates Stroke Risk in Heart Failure Patients

    September 18, 2015

    NEW YORK - A variant of the CHADS2 score that's used to estimate ischemic stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is also modestly accurate in heart failure patients, even in those without AF, researchers say. The variant, CHA2DS2-VASc, calculates stroke risk based on 10 possible point

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    US Behind the World in Telemedicine

    September 17, 2015

    NEW YORK - The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued a baker's dozen of recommendations intended to guide the effective use of telemedicine in primary care settings. "The recommendations balance the potential benefits and expanded use of telemedicine with the importance of maintaining t

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    New Tool Improves Harm Detection for Pediatric Inpatients

    June 18, 2015

    The newly developed Pediatric All-Cause Harm Measurement Tool (PACHMT) improved detection of harms in pediatric inpatients in a recent pilot study. Using the tool, researchers found a rate of 40 harms per 100 patients admitted, and at least one harm in nearly a quarter of the children in the stud

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    Risk Stratification Insufficient for Predicting DVT in Hospitalized Patients: JAMA Internal Medicine Study

    June 17, 2015

    The Wells score is only slightly better than a coin toss for predicting deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in hospitalized patients, researchers have found. "The Wells score risk stratification is not sufficient to rule out DVT or influence management decisions in the inpatient setting," Dr. Patricia C.