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  • New European Guidelines for Cerebral Venous Thrombosis The guidelines, which cover both the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral venous thrombosis, are based purely on scientific evidence and make several new recommendations, rated as 'clear' or 'weak.'
  • PFO Closure Reduces Stroke Recurrence Three new studies provide evidence that closure of patent foramen ovale in select patients after cryptogenic stroke reduced the stroke recurrence rate compared with medical therapy.
  • H7N9 Avian Flu Continues to Spread, Worsen in China Asian avian influenza A has spread widely in China, and the latest outbreak gave rise to more resistant and pathogenic strains, increasing the risk for a pandemic, experts said.

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  • 'MAP' Program Improves Hypertension ControlThe MAP program focuses on an accurate BP, intensifying treatment when an elevated BP is confirmed, and partnering with the patient to select and carry out the treatment plan.
  • FDA Approves Trelegy Ellipta for COPDThe FDA has approved once-daily, single inhaler triple therapy fluticasone furoate/umeclidinium/vilanterol (Trelegy Ellipta, GlaxoSmithKline) for patients with COPD.
  • AAP Offers First Guidance on Tattoos, PiercingsThe report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is designed to facilitate conversations between providers, parents, and patients about the increasingly common desire for body modifications.
  • Standards for Upper GI Endoscopy ReleasedThe BSG and AUGIS jointly released recommendations to improve the quality of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and reduce the risk for missed early cancerous lesions.


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