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Repeat Scans Urged for Head Injury When Blood Thinners Involved

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Italian study confirms recommendation for 2 CT scans 24 hours apart to detect bleeding in brain

THURSDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- People taking blood thinners who suffer a minor head injury should undergo repeat CT scans, researchers say.

The new study included 87 patients taking warfarin (brand name Coumadin) who were treated for a minor head injury at an emergency department. Warfarin is widely prescribed to prevent blood clots.

Twenty-four hours after having a negative result on their first...

Italian study confirms recommendation for 2 CT scans 24 hours apart to detect bleeding in brain

THURSDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- People taking blood thinners who suffer a minor head injury should undergo repeat CT scans...

New Blood Thinner Linked to Higher Heart Attack Risk

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But benefits of Pradaxa still outweigh risks for those with atrial fibrillation, experts say

MONDAY, Jan. 9 (HealthDay News) -- The anticoagulant Pradaxa (dabigatran) is associated with a small increase in the risk of heart attack, a new review finds.

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio looked at seven trials involving Pradaxa that included more than 30,000 patients. This process, called a meta-analysis, uses data from published clinical trials to tease out a pattern that might...

Could Daily Aspirin Harm Seniors' Eyes?

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Study found possible association between drug and age-related macular degeneration

THURSDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Daily aspirin use among seniors may double their risk of developing a particularly advanced form of age-related macular degeneration, a debilitating eye disease, a large new European study suggests.

The possible link involves the so-called "wet" type of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a significant cause of blindness in seniors.

Aspirin use was not, however...

Adding Lovenox Didn't Reduce Blood Clot Death Risk

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Blood thinner along with compression stockings didn't lower risk in acutely ill patients

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Severely ill hospital patients are at high risk for developing potentially fatal blood clots, and often wear compression stockings and/or take blood thinners to help lower this risk.

However, adding the blood thinner Lovenox (enoxaparin) to the mix does not reduce their chances of dying from a blood clot, according to research appearing in the Dec. 29 issue of the...

Doubt Cast on Use Of Genetic Test Before Plavix

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Research review suggests test won't help docs determine who would benefit from heart drug

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28 (HealthDay News) -- A new review of existing research suggests that, despite a federal recommendation, genetic testing won't help physicians determine which heart patients should get Plavix, a blood-thinning drug used to treat certain cardiac conditions.

Plavix, also known as clopidogrel, is used to treat or prevent blood clots due to the clogging of arteries and after such...