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New drug dramatically cuts risks of blood clots after hip replacement

A new synthetic drug dramatically cuts the risk of blood clots after surgery and could one day replace a blood thinner that has been used for decades, researchers say. Blood clots in the leg, a condition called deep-vein thrombosis, are a common complication of major operations such as hip replacement. The clots can be deadly if they break off and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs.
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