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Texas Cities Are Ripe for Measles Outbreaks, Study Finds

Texas Cities Are Ripe for Measles Outbreaks, Study Finds

Latest Infectious Disease News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Texas cities are in danger of major measles outbreaks because an alarming number of school kids are unvaccinated, researchers warn. Vaccination rates in the state have declined since 2003 and a computer simulation by University of Pittsburgh researchers found that an additional 5% decrease […]

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AHA News: Meth and Heart Disease: A Deadly Crisis That’s Largely Overlooked

AHA News: Meth and Heart Disease: A Deadly Crisis That’s Largely Overlooked

Latest Heart News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — Although frequently overshadowed by the opioid epidemic, surging methamphetamine use nationally and around the world has fueled a chilling crisis of its own, according to a new report. The result is a significant increase in meth-related deaths from unique cardiovascular consequences that researchers […]

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Fish Oil Not a Magic Pill Against Diabetes

Fish Oil Not a Magic Pill Against Diabetes

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Diabetes News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — It would be welcome news to millions if fish oil supplements were proven to help prevent diabetes. But new research delivers very disappointing data on the prospect. Previous research has hinted that fish oil supplements — which contain omega-3 fatty acids […]

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docetaxel (Taxotere, Docefrez)

docetaxel (Taxotere, Docefrez)

What is docetaxel, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Docetaxel is a drug that is used primarily for treating breast cancer. Docetaxel works by attacking cancer cells. Every cell in the body contains a supporting structure (almost like a skeleton) called the microtubular network. If this “skeleton” is changed or damaged, the cell […]

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belimumab (Benlysta)

What is belimumab? What is belimumab used for? Belimumab is a synthetic (man-made) injectable antibody that reduces the activity of immune cells called B-cells in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE is an inflammatory autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and causes inflammation. Parts of the body […]

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Deep Brain ‘Zap’ Restores Vivid Memories to Alzheimer’s Patients

Deep Brain ‘Zap’ Restores Vivid Memories to Alzheimer’s Patients

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimer’s News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Could a pacemaker for the brain improve the memories of people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? New research suggests it might be possible one day: Electrical stimulation directed at key memory regions of the brain created intense flashbacks in some Alzheimer’s […]

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desloratadine (Clarinex, Clarinex Reditabs)

What is desloratadine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Desloratadine is an oral, long-acting antihistamine that is similar chemically to loratadine (Claritin). It is used to treat the symptoms caused by histamine. Histamine is a chemical that is responsible for many of the signs and symptoms of allergic reactions, for example, swelling of […]

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Every Minute of Exercise Counts When It Comes to Longevity

Every Minute of Exercise Counts When It Comes to Longevity

Latest Senior Health News THURSDAY, Aug. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Exercise, even a little of it, can lengthen your life, a new study suggests. The Norwegian researchers also found that too much sitting was associated with a higher risk of early death. “Developing ways to limit sedentary time and increase activity at any level […]