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albendazole (Albenza)

albendazole (Albenza)

What are the uses for albendazole? Albendazole is FDA approved for the treatment of the following parasitic infections: Hydatid Disease Albendazole is used for the treatment of cystic hydatid disease of the liver, lung, and peritoneum, caused by dog tapeworm (Echinococcus granulosus) larvae. Neurocysticercosis Albendazole is used to treat parenchymal neurocysticercosis due to active lesion […]

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ivermectin (Stromectol)

ivermectin (Stromectol)

What is ivermectin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic medication. Ivermectin works by binding to invertebrate muscle and nerve cells of parasites, causing paralysis and death of parasites. Ivermectin is active against the non-adult form of Onchocerca volvulus. Ivermectin is also active against intestinal activity of Strongyloides stercoralis. The […]

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gentamicin injection (Garamycin)

gentamicin injection (Garamycin)

What is gentamicin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Gentamicin is a broad spectrum aminoglycoside antibiotic that is most effective against aerobic gram-negative rods. Gentamicin is also used in combination with other antibiotics to treat infections caused by gram positive organisms such as Staphylococcus aureus and certain species of streptococci. Additionally, gentamicin is […]

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enalapril (Vasotec, Epaned)

enalapril (Vasotec, Epaned)

What is enalapril, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Enalapril is a drug that is used for treating high blood pressure. It is in a class of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. ACE is an enzyme in the body that causes the formation of angiotensin II. Angiotensin II causes the arteries […]

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Heart Attacks Fall By One-Third Among Older Americans

Heart Attacks Fall By One-Third Among Older Americans

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A groundbreaking new study holds heartening news for older Americans. Since the mid-1990s, the number of seniors who suffered a heart attack or died from one dropped dramatically — evidence that campaigns to prevent heart attacks and improve patient care are […]

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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, […]