Study Finds Substantial Decrease in Use of Cardiac Imaging Procedure

Main Points: There has been a sharp decline since 2006 in the use of nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI; an

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Blood Glucose Measure Appears to Provide Little Benefit in Predicting Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Main Points: In a study that included nearly 300,000 adults without a known history of diabetes or cardiovascular disease (CVD),

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Greater Distance From Transplant Center Associated With Lower Likelihood of Receiving Liver Transplant, Higher Risk of Death Among U.S. Veterans

Main Points: Among veterans meeting eligibility for liver transplantation, greater distance from a Veterans Affairs transplant center or any transplant

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Web-based Alcohol Screening Program Shows Limited Effect Among University Students

Main Points: Among university students in New Zealand, a web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention program produced a modest reduction

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Treatment Helps Reduce Risk of Esophagus Disorder Progressing to Cancer

Main Points: Among patients with the condition known as Barrett esophagus, treatment of abnormal cells with radiofrequency ablation (use of

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Pregnancy Associated With Greater Risk of Certain Bacterial Infection, Which May Worsen Outcomes

Main Points: Chicago – In a surveillance study of infection with the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae among women of reproductive age in England and

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Risk of Psychiatric Diagnoses, Medication Use Increases after Critical Illness

Main Points: Chicago – Critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation had a higher prevalence of prior psychiatric diagnoses and an

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Using Age to Distinguish Normal From Abnormal Blood Test Results Appears to Safely Exclude Lung Blood Clots in Older Patients

Main Points: Chicago – Using a patient’s age to raise the threshold for an abnormal result of a blood test

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Children with Glomerular Kidney Disease More Likely to have Hypertension as Adults

Main Points: Chicago – Men who as children had glomerular disease, a disorder of the portion of the kidney that

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Study Finds Risk of Death Among ICU Patients With Severe Sepsis Has Decreased

Main Points: Chicago – In critically ill patients in Australia and New Zealand with severe sepsis or septic shock, there

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