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Minimally invasive treatment option for AFib studied

October 22, 2020

A minimally invasive procedure that combines ligation of the left atrial appendage (LAA) with hybrid epicardial-endocardial ablation is a feasible, safe and effective method of treating patients with longstanding atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib), according to a new Vanderbilt-led study.

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Genes spell penicillin allergy risk

October 01, 2020

From an analysis of 505,823 research subjects, Elizabeth Phillips, MD, and colleagues report in the American Journal of Human Genetics that individuals of European descent who carried a specific genetic variant were 47% more likely to have a self-reported penicillin allergy.

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Study suggests new threshold for diagnosing PAH

August 17, 2020

Doctors diagnosing pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) — elevated pulmonary pressure due to an issue in the small vessels of the lung — rely on a hemodynamic threshold set in the early 1970s to determine whether patients would be candidates for pulmonary vasodilator therapy.

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Stomach bug hit-and-run

July 24, 2020

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori colonizes the stomach in half of the world’s population and increases the risk of gastric cancer.

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Criteria for lung cancer screens may be expanded

July 24, 2020

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is recommending two changes that will nearly double the number of people eligible for lung cancer screening by lowering the age from 55 to 50 and reducing the number of smoking history pack years from 30 to 20.

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