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2 Minute Medicine | September 19, 2014

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TASTE trial: Thrombus aspiration before PCI in STEMI does not reduce mortality

September 17, 2014 |

1. Patients with STEMI who underwent coronary artery thrombus aspiration before PCI did not have a significant reduction in mortality at 1 year of follow up.

2. Patients with STEMI who underwent thrombus aspiration before PCI did not have a significant reduction in the incidence of the composite of … Read More

Fecal transplantation in recurrent C. difficile infection [Classics Series]

September 17, 2014 |

1. Treating recurrent C. difficile infection with infusion of donor feces resulted in significantly higher cure rates than treating with vancomycin-alone or vancomycin with bowel lavage.

2. Adverse events immediately after feces infusion included diarrhea, cramping, and belching.

Original Date of Publication: January 31, 2013

Study Rundown: Previous studies have … Read More

Device-guided breathing not associated with improved blood pressure control

September 17, 2014 |

1. Device-guided breathing was not associated with improved blood pressure as compared to active controls such as sham devices or music therapy.

2. Device guided breathing exercises may be a costly alternative to freely available relaxation techniques that may be equally efficacious.

Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)

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Antenatal magnesium sulfate may not improve pediatric neurodevelopment

September 16, 2014 |

1. There was no significant decrease in the prevalence of cerebral palsy in pre-term children who received antenatal magnesium sulfate as compared to those receiving placebo intravenous normal saline.

2. While fewer infant deaths occurred in the magnesium sulfate group versus the normal saline placebo group, no significant mortality … Read More