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November 24, 2015

D-dimer and diagnosis of DVT

Concluding our coverage of VTE 2015, Maureen Browne hears Prof Philip Wells, Chair of the Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, discuss the role of D-dimer in the diagnosis of VTE.

Treating VTE in pregnancy

Prof Saskia Middledorp, Professor of Medicine Specialising in Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, spoke about diagnosis and medication for women pre and postpartum, writes Maureen Browne.

Growing concern over risks to health from Taser usage

Increased use of Tasers by police in the UK, often against mentally ill patients in hospitals and care homes, has prompted renewed concern that they could induce arrhythmias, The BMJ reports.

Midwifery-led care less costly and just as safe

The average cost of maternity care for a low-risk woman cared for in a midwife-led unit (MLU) is €182 less than consultant-led care, an Irish study has found.

Prostate cancer and PSA screening rates both decline

The prevalence of PSA screening has decreased, particularly among men under the age of 75 years, following the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation against screening all men in 2012.

Intensive BP management yields greater results

Lowering blood pressure (BP) below recommended targets significantly reduces rates of stroke and myocardial infarction (MI) among high-risk patients, a meta-analysis of almost 45,000 people has found.

The challenge of treating VTE in the homeless

Patricia Hall, clinical nurse specialist at the Mater in Dublin, focuses on caring for inner city patients linked to drug treatment centres and homeless services, writes Maureen Browne.

When imaging is inappropriate

Dr Peter McMahon, Consultant Emergency Radiologist, at the Mater Hospital, Dublin, on the who, which and when of scanning. Maureen Browne reports.

Trials and tribulations of DOACs

Beginning a two-part review of VTE 2015 in Dublin, Prof Harry Büller, Prof of Medicine, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, spoke about trials for the treatment of patients with DVT and PE, reports Maureen Browne.

Childhood cancer survivors are at higher risk of autoimmune diseases

Childhood cancer survivors are at heightened risk of a wide range of autoimmune diseases, reveals research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, with diabetes and Addison’s disease making up almost half of the excess cases.

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