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Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Younger Patients Benefitted

Younger patients with severe coronary artery disease may experience better long-term outcomes when they are treated with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) instead of more popular and less invasive stenting procedures, according to a scientific presentation at the 54th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

An Innovative Device To Monitor Leukopenia

During chemotherapy, a sharp drop in white blood cells or Leukopenia were observed commonly. MIT researchers have now developed a portable device that could be used to monitor patients' white blood cell levels' at home, without taking blood samples.

Hospital Quality Report Cards, Readmission Penalties Only Part of the Story

Condition-specific readmissions measures for heart failure, pneumonia, and heart attack may not accurately or fairly reflect hospital quality, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study found significant differences in hospitals' performance when readmissions were assessed for non-Medicare patients and for conditions other than those currently reported, showing that when these additional factors are taken into account, half of the hospitals would be subject to a change in their financial penalty status.

Mutation Targeted Therapy To Assess MRD In Leukemia

In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), minimal residual disease (MRD) has been a benchmark for identifying patients who are at risk for relapse after achieving complete remission with initial therapy. It is assessed using flow cytometry or by NPM1 transcripts.