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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 27 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2540

A new, highly sensitive assay for cardiac troponin T was evaluated in a general population taking part in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study. Cox proportional hazards models were used to adjust for traditional coronary heart disease risk factors, kidney function, C reactive protein, and natriuretic peptide in nearly 10 000 older adults who were free from heart disease and stroke at baseline. Cardiac troponin T detected by this highly sensitive assay was associated with incident heart disease, mortality, and heart failure in this group (Circulation 2011, doi:10.1161/circulationaha.110.005264).

Rotator cuff tears are the most frequent tendon injury in adults. An Israeli study followed up 51 adult patients with full thickness rotator cuff tears that were not surgically treated, for up to three years. At follow-up, 49% of the tears had increased in size, 43% had …

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