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 - Stroke, endovascular. neuroimaging, neuro

Giving patients with certain acute ischemic strokes intra-arterial treatment in addition to tissue plasminogen activator led to better outcomes compared with usual care, MR CLEAN researchers reported online Dec. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 - calendar

Interventional cardiologists can toast some coding changes when they ring in the New Year, including a new specialty designation that more accurately portrays performance.  

 - Vials of blood

The removing ability of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol may be the secret behind apparently “good” cholesterol, according to a study published Dec. 18 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 - ecg, heart, electrophysiology

Researchers exploring glycemic index effects on cardiovascular health in overweight and obese patients found that a low glycemic diet did not improve risk. Nor did it positively alter risks for diabetes.

 - merger, acquisition, money, handshake

Royal Philips will pay $1 billion to acquire the catheter-based imaging company Volcano Corp. The deal is scheduled to close in the first quarter of 2015.