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Since the 1990s, well-meaning physicians have prescribed pregnant patients low-molecular weight heparin to combat complications, especially when thrombophilia or previous complications pose a risk to the mother and child. However, research suggests that there are no benefits and greater risks of increased minor bleeding when taking anticoagulant agents.

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We haven’t always spoken the same language in acute MI studies, researchers found when trying evaluate differences and changes to mortality in male and female patients using 46 years of data. The meta-analysis published online July 22 in Circulation found that study differences made comparisons difficult.

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More than half of respondents chose to go against guideline recommendations for a hypothetical patient whose risk score made him a candidate for statin therapy in poll results published in the July 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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From phone and tablet apps that help providers review imaging data to functions that turn phones into cardiac monitors, mobile health – or mHealth – is one area where the tide of innovation is turning to develop better patient care. Can the FDA keep up with new mHealth apps to ensure they are safe and effective? 

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There are many benefits to shared decision-making with patients. Informed patients make better decisions and have more meaningful and frank health discussions with their physicians, but there are as many barriers to an open conversation and shared decision between doctor and patient as there are benefits.