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ezetimibe and simvastatin, Vytorin

ezetimibe and simvastatin, Vytorin

What is ezetimibe and simvastatin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Vytorin is a combination of ezetimibe (Zetia) and simvastatin (Zocor) that is used for treating high levels of cholesterol in the blood. Vytorin reduces total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol while it increases high density lipoprotein (HDL or […]

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letrozole (Femara)

letrozole (Femara)

What is letrozole, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Letrozole is an oral, anti-estrogen drug that is used for treating postmenopausal women with breast cancer. The growth of some breast cancers in postmenopausal women is promoted by estrogens that circulate in the blood, and the adrenal glands are the main source of these […]

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Scientists Spot Clues to Predicting Breast Cancer’s Return

Scientists Spot Clues to Predicting Breast Cancer’s Return

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Cancer News WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Figuring out which breast cancer patients will live disease-free after treatment is a bit of a guessing game. But new research indicates breast cancer cells hold molecular clues that may allow doctors to predict who is at high risk of having […]

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leuprolide (Lupron, Eligard)

leuprolide (Lupron, Eligard)

What is leuprolide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Leuprolide is an injectable, man-made hormone that is used for treating prostate cancer, endometriosis, central precocious puberty (early onset of puberty), and fibroids. It is similar to but stronger than human gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). GnRH is made in the hypothalamus (a part of […]

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Rate of U.S. Deaths Tied to Dementia Has More Than Doubled

Rate of U.S. Deaths Tied to Dementia Has More Than Doubled

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimer’s News THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Dementia is now one of the leading killers in the United States, with the rate of deaths linked to the disease more than doubling over the past two decades. “Overall, age-adjusted death rates for dementia increased from 30.5 deaths per 100,000 […]

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Even Distant Relatives’ History Could Up Your Alzheimer’s Risk

Even Distant Relatives’ History Could Up Your Alzheimer’s Risk

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimer’s News WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A grandparent’s mental decline or a great uncle’s waning memory may indicate you, too, have greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease — especially if closer relatives have the condition, a new study says. Alzheimer’s in both a first-degree relative (parents, siblings) and […]

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What to know about psoriatic spondylitis

What to know about psoriatic spondylitis

Psoriatic spondylitis is the medical term for a type of psoriatic arthritis that affects the spine and the joints in the pelvis. The symptoms may develop anywhere between the pelvis and the neck. People with psoriatic spondylitis may experience pain, inflammation, and stiffness in their neck and lower back. It can also affect the sacroiliac […]

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Stelara vs. Humira: What’s the difference?

Stelara vs. Humira: What’s the difference?

Stelara and Humira are two biological medicines that doctors use to treat immune system conditions. They have different effects on the body and some different benefits and risks. Biological medicines, or biologics, are a class of drugs composed of naturally occurring molecules, such as sugars and proteins. Some biologics contain living cells or tissues. Manufacturers […]

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What can cause a sensitive breast?

What can cause a sensitive breast?

Breast sensitivity is not necessarily harmful, and there are several different potential causes. However, sensitivity can sometimes be a sign of an underlying condition. The breasts are complex structures that change as a result of monthly hormonal shifts, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and aging. Many people experience breast sensitivity, which can increase the likelihood of breast pain. […]

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Hand pressure points: Everything you need to know

Hand pressure points: Everything you need to know

The human body contains a lot of pressure points, and some people believe that pressing on these points can affect other parts of the body and overall health. There is limited research to support the use of pressure points to help a person heal. However, there is much more research about the use of acupuncture, […]