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Half of A.fib patients become asymptomatic after catheter ablation
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Half of A.fib patients become asymptomatic after catheter ablation

Data from the European Heart Rhythm Association reveal high success rates but a concerning lack of appropriate follow-up.

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Trump to appoint vaccine sceptic to chair commission on vaccine safety

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Unicough vs simple linctus: which is a better OTC cough medicine?

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Multiple sclerosis drug linked to serious new side effect

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Low-cost therapy can benefit stroke patients

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Higher obesity risk for children with asthma

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Is combination therapy a better first-line option for hypertension?

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Concerns voiced after first baby is born using pronuclear transfer

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Emerging threat of carbapenem-resistance in the UK

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Think-tank calls for rethink over obesity impact

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E-cigarettes cause teen nicotine addiction, says study

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‘Biggest leap forward’ in prostate cancer diagnosis

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Unfilled nurse shifts compromising patient safety

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Yorkshire CCGs place ban on expensive treatments

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E-cigs may tempt low risk youth to smoke
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E-cigs may tempt low risk youth to smoke

Electronic cigarettes can encourage young people to smoke and to consume nicotine and are expanding the tobacco market, warn the authors of a large US...

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Anti-clotting drugs often not needed
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Anti-clotting drugs often not needed

Three quarters of surgical patients may be receiving anticoagulants that they do not need, a meta-analysis published in the Annals of Surgery has found.1

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NSCLC: mismatch repair polymorphisms may predict chemotoxicity

MMR polymorphisms show potential as markers for toxicity with platinum-based chemotherapy.

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Acute ingestions: PICU admission not required in three out of four cases | SCCM
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Acute ingestions: PICU admission not required in three out of four cases | SCCM

Analysis of 10,300 children was done to determine risk factors for PICU procedures.

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New-onset atrial fibrillation: Impact on mortality in critically ill patients | SCCM
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New-onset atrial fibrillation: Impact on mortality in critically ill patients | SCCM

In five studies with 43,291 patients, NOAF was associated with significantly higher adjusted in-hospital mortality (OR 1.42).

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Cognitive impairment associated with substantial increase in disability over six months following critical illness | SCCM
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Cognitive impairment associated with substantial increase in disability over six months following critical illness | SCCM

Cognitive status may help stratify ICU patients for interventions such as mobilization programs.

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Women are at lower risk for new-onset atrial fibrillation after coronary bypass surgery | STS
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Women are at lower risk for new-onset atrial fibrillation after coronary bypass surgery | STS

There has been limited information about the sex-specific incidence and characteristics of atrial fibrillation (AF) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)

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Pacemakers with defibrillator may benefit only select male patients

Women with a resynchronization pacemaker already have lower SCD rates than men, French-UK-Sweden CRT Network Study

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Cardiovascular disease: socioeconomic disadvantage affects women more than men
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Cardiovascular disease: socioeconomic disadvantage affects women more than men

The finding is based on data from 22 million people from North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

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Gestational diabetes increases the risk of postnatal depression
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Gestational diabetes increases the risk of postnatal depression

In the largest population-based study of its kind, 700,000 women were assessed for factors associated with postnatal depression.

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Rituximab-refractory Waldenström's macroglobulinemia: ibrutinib delivers impressive response

Median PFS was not reached at 18.1 mo.

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Ketone testing adherence poor in type 1 diabetes

One-third of patients never test ketones.

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Pediatric asthma raises obesity risk

Early intervention may prevent a vicious cycle of worsening obesity and asthma.

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Rheumatoid arthritis incidence is decreasing in the UK

Prospective cohort study involved the 1990-2013 period.

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