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Heart Care Guidelines Rarely Backed by Top-Notch Science

Heart Care Guidelines Rarely Backed by Top-Notch Science

Latest Heart News FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Precious few treatment guidelines for heart patients are supported by the best scientific evidence, a new study shows. Less than one in 10 recommendations are based on results from multiple randomized controlled trials (considered the “gold standard”), and that percentage has actually dropped in the […]

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Should You Get Pills or Surgery for A-Fib?

Should You Get Pills or Surgery for A-Fib?

Latest Heart News FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Many older Americans have the worrisome and potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or “a-fib,” and they’re typically offered medicines or a surgery called ablation to correct it. Which works best? Two new trials may have the answer. Researchers say ablation and medicines […]

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Expandable Heart Valves Could Mean Fewer Heart Surgeries

Expandable Heart Valves Could Mean Fewer Heart Surgeries

Expandable heart valves that can be placed in the heart through a minimally invasive procedure appear to be as safe or safer than those implanted through surgery, according to two news studies. Latest Heart News That means many more patients might be able to avoid risk heart surgeries and get the expandable valves instead, experts […]

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‘Antibiotic Envelopes’ Could Cut Infections After Pacemaker Implant

‘Antibiotic Envelopes’ Could Cut Infections After Pacemaker Implant

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News SUNDAY, March 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Tucking a pacemaker inside an antibiotic-soaked mesh envelope before implanting it inside your body can drastically reduce your risk of a dangerous infection, a new study shows. About 1.7 million patients receive cardiac implants like pacemakers or defibrillators every year worldwide, […]

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Heart-Breaking News for Egg Lovers

Heart-Breaking News for Egg Lovers

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Cholesterol News FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Eggs may not be all they’ve been cracked up to be. A new study says eggs are a major source of dietary cholesterol and that cholesterol in the diet ups the risk of heart disease and premature death. The researchers followed […]

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hydroxyurea (Hydrea, Droxia)

hydroxyurea (Hydrea, Droxia)

What is hydroxyurea, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Hydroxyurea (Hydrea) is an oral medication used to treat several types of cancers including chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), head and neck cancer, malignant melanoma, ovarian cancer, and polycythemia vera (a disorder of the bone marrow). The exact mechanism by which […]

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tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex)

tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex)

What is tamoxifen (Soltamox)? Tamoxifen is an anti-estrogen that prevents the effects of estrogens on tissues. What brand names are available for tamoxifen (Soltamox)? Soltamox is currently the only brand available for tamoxifen. Nolvadex brand has been discontinued. Is tamoxifen (Soltamox) available as a generic drug? Yes Do I need a prescription for tamoxifen (Soltamox)? […]

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Skin moisturizer could reduce risk of disease

Skin moisturizer could reduce risk of disease

According to a small pilot study, moisturizing our skin might reduce the risk of developing a range of chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Aging skin may play a role in driving chronic disease. The skin is our largest organ. One of its primary functions, of course, is to protect our […]

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Laser probe detects deadly melanoma in seconds

Laser probe detects deadly melanoma in seconds

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. With its incidence rates continuing to rise, researchers are looking for ways to spot it early on. A new laser device may be able to do so instantly. A cost-effective new laser probe may soon be the best way to check for melanoma. “With skin cancer, there’s […]