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Implant Approved to Improve Symptoms in Advanced Heart Failure

Implant Approved to Improve Symptoms in Advanced Heart Failure

Latest Heart News MONDAY, Aug. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The Barostim Neo System was granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to treat symptoms of patients with advanced heart failure who are not candidates for treatment with other devices such as cardiac resynchronization therapy, the agency announced on Friday. The device includes a pulse […]

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thalidomide, Thalomid

thalidomide, Thalomid

What is thalidomide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Thalidomide is an oral medication used for treating the skin conditions of leprosy, a disease caused by a parasite, Mycobacterium leprae. The mechanism of action of thalidomide is not well understood. The immune system reaction to Mycobacterium leprae plays an important role in producaing […]

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adapalene (Differin)

adapalene (Differin)

What is adapalene, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Adapalene is a gel used for the treatment of acne vulgaris (pimples). The exact mechanism of action is not known. Scientists believe that when adapalene is applied to the skin, it affects the growth of skin cells and thereby reduces the formation of pimples. […]

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When Is It Time for Seniors to Hand Over the Car Keys?

When Is It Time for Seniors to Hand Over the Car Keys?

Latest Senior Health News TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Driving is a source of independence for many seniors, so determining when they should hang up the keys requires careful consideration, an expert says. “Driving retirement is a normal part of aging, and should be carefully considered and discussed openly,” said Dr. Ericka Tung, […]

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Could Fluoride Be Bad for Your Baby During Pregnancy?

Could Fluoride Be Bad for Your Baby During Pregnancy?

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Pregnancy News MONDAY, Aug. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Fluoride exposure from drinking water during pregnancy could be making children less intelligent, a new Canadian study argues. Expectant moms with higher levels of fluoride in their urine tended to have kids with lower average IQs, based on a study of […]

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zolmitriptan (Zomig, Zomig-ZMT)

zolmitriptan (Zomig, Zomig-ZMT)

What is zolmitriptan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Zolmitriptan is a drug for treating migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are believed to result from dilation of the blood vessels in the brain. Zolmitriptan causes constriction of the blood vessels and thereby relieves the pain of a migraine headache. While zolmitriptan is very effective […]

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America Has a Huge — and Very Costly — Drug Habit

America Has a Huge — and Very Costly — Drug Habit

Latest Mental Health News TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you don’t think Americans have a problem with illicit drugs, a new study shows that nearly $150 billion was spent on marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in 2016. “To better understand changes in drug use outcomes and the effects of policies, policymakers need […]