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Anemia in the Elderly
December 8, 2009 9:35 AM by David Plaut
Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and anemia of chronic disease (ACD) have both been associated with older age; approximately 1 in 5 elderly patients have IDA. Vitamin B12 deficiency, folate deficiency, gastrointestinal bleeding and myelodysplastic syndrome Read More...
Artificial Blood: Why and When?
February 20, 2008 3:41 PM by David Plaut
The idea of producing artificial blood may sound simple, at least until you think more about all that we mean when we talk about blood. Ever since William Harvey first described the circulation of blood in 1616, scientists have thought about whether blood Read More...
The Cardiac Troponins: Then and Now (Part Two)
December 10, 2007 10:18 AM by David Plaut
Another project to assess how effective cTn was when measured in the ED also showed that the length of stay was significantly reduced: 5.2 hours versus 7.1 hours. POC was significantly shorter (average15 minutes) than for central laboratory testing (83 Read More...
The Cardiac Troponins: Then and Now (Part One)
December 3, 2007 4:02 PM by David Plaut
When I started working in a community hospital in the mid 1960s, we measured LD(H), AST (a.k.a. SGOT) and ALT (a.k.a. SGPT) in patients suspected of an acute myocardial infarction (MI). This was really all we had to assist the physician in making a diagnosis Read More...


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