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Additional articles abstracted in ACP Journal Club

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The following articles are abstracted in the July/August 2002 issue of ACP Journal Club. The declarative title of each abstract as published in ACP Journal Club precedes the article citation.

Therapeutics

Review: selegiline leads to a small short term improvement in cognition and activities of daily living in Alzheimer’s disease

Abciximab added to urokinase increased amputation-free survival in peripheral arterial occlusion of the legs

Review: interferon α plus ribavirin improves the virologic response in chronic hepatitis C

The inactivated trivalent split virus influenza vaccine was safe in stable asthma

Review: extended out of hospital prophylaxis with heparin prevents deep venous thrombosis in elective hip arthroplasty

Review: bed rest does not prevent cervical or lumbar puncture headaches

An early invasive strategy was effective in the acute coronary syndrome with elevated cardiac troponin I and T levels

Review: St. John’s wort, gingko, saw palmetto, and kava may be effective for some conditions

Helicobacter pylori eradication reduced the risk for ulcers in dyspeptic patients who were about to begin NSAID treatment

Montelukast improved pulmonary function and asthma specific quality of life in aspirin intolerant asthma

Review: hospital at home care for early discharge or admission avoidance does not improve health outcomes

Quality improvement

Review: interventions for health care providers improve provider patient interactions and patient satisfaction

Clinical prediction guide

A risk index with 14 variables predicted 30 day postoperative pneumonia after major noncardiac surgery

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