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U.S. not-for-profit hospitals’ revenue growth hit an all-time low of 3.9 percent in 2013, Moody’s Investor Services calculated, with little relief in sight for 2014.

 - Kidney - Renal

Experts from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) recommended the use of renal artery stenting to benefit patients who historically were excluded from clinical trials in a document published Aug. 19 in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Intervention.

 - face

Participants enrolled in cardiovascular clinical trials may be a poor representation of patients with MI, according to an analysis published Aug. 27 in JAMA. Researchers found enrollees generally to be healthier, younger and have a better prognosis than eligible nonparticipants.

 - aspirin

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) risks in patients taking aspirin were significantly reduced over nontreatment in a study published online Aug. 25  in Circulation.

 - Weighing Options

Novel oral anticoagulants have outstripped warfarin for usage in the U.S., but at a price. A study found that the three new options for treating patients with atrial fibrillation made up 62 percent of new prescriptions but cost $900 higher than warfarin after six months.