Coronary angioplasty safe and effective at facilities without on-site cardiothoracic surgery

1. Rates of procedural complications, one-year mortality, and myocardial infarction were equivalent between individuals undergoing coronary angioplasty at facilities with and without on-site cardiothoracic...

Paradoxical response to beta-2 agonists found in African-Americans, linked to morbidity

1. A paradoxical response to beta-2 (β2)-agonists (causing bronchoconstriction rather than bronchodilation) was seen in 5% of former and current smokers, with twice as...

Proton pump inhibitor boluses as effective as infusions in ulcer bleeds

1. Bleeding ulcers in the stomach and duodenum that are deemed high risk for rebleeding are defined by three endoscopically determined characteristics: active bleeding,...

Damage similar in each eye after sequential ischemic optic neuropathy

1. The magnitude of retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) loss was similar in each eye following bilateral non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION).  2. Visual...

Coronary angiography in asymptomatic patients may lead to inappropriate percutaneous interventions

1. Roughly one quarter of patients who received elective coronary angiography were asymptomatic.  2. Hospitals with higher rates of elective angiography in asymptomatic patients also had...

Oxygen readings sway decision to hospitalize infants with bronchiolitis

1. Among infants with mild to moderate bronchiolitis presenting to the emergency department (ED), artificially elevating pulse oximetry readings reduced hospitalizations significantly compared to...

2 Minute Medicine Rewind August 11 – August 18, 2014

In this section, we highlight the key high-impact studies, updates, and analyses published in medicine during the past week. Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion, Mortality,...

Perioperative atrial fibrillation linked to increased long-term risk of stroke

1. Perioperative atrial fibrillation was associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke 1 year after hospitalization.    2. Noncardiac surgery was associated with a...

Troponin use for suspected coronary syndrome limited in chronic kidney disease

1. This systematic review of the literature demonstrated weak or inconclusive evidence regarding the diagnostic accuracy of troponin I (TnI) and troponin I (TnT)...

2 Minute Medicine Rewind August 4 – August 10, 2014

In this section, we highlight the key high-impact studies, updates, and analyses published in medicine during the past week. High-Protein Enteral Nutrition Enriched with Immune-Modulating...
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