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Month: January 2013

Trends in AF Among Hospitalized ACS Patients

Among patients hospitalized with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), overall rates of atrial fibrillation (AF) and mortality from it decreased between 2000 and 2007, according to a study from Massachusetts.  Despite the findings,...

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Surgical-Site Antisepsis in Cesarean Deliveries

Rates of surgical site infection (SSI) appear to be similar between cesarean deliveries using chlorhexidine-alcohol and those using povidone-iodine. A retrospective cohort review found that the duration of cesarean delivery was...

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A New Guideline for Treating Hypertriglyceridemia

Hypertriglyceridemia can substantially increase the likelihood of patients developing heart disease when compared with those who have normal triglyceride levels. While treatment strategies for this condition are well...

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The Lupus Initiative

The Lupus Initiative is a national education program designed to reduce health disparities experienced by patients with lupus. The Lupus Initiative has developed a free resource toolkit for practitioners of medicine – CME...

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Patients With CKD Have Higher Rates of CDI

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) appear to have a higher risk of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and hospital-associated morbidity and mortality when compared with patients who do not have CKD. A team of American...

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Hospital Length of Stay in Non-STEMI Patients

Duke University research suggests that patients with non-STEMI who spend more than 2 days in the hospital after their event appear to have more comorbidities and in-hospital complications than those with shorter lengths of stay...

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