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AHA News: Two Young Moms Bond Over Heart Failure, Transplant Experiences

AHA News: Two Young Moms Bond Over Heart Failure, Transplant Experiences

Latest Heart News THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — Sarah Bradley’s second pregnancy was uneventful until 30 weeks, when she found herself swollen, breathless and unusually fatigued. When her chest and left side also began to hurt a few weeks later, the then-27-year-old from Roswell, New Mexico, went to the emergency room. […]

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calcitriol (Rocaltrol)

calcitriol (Rocaltrol)

What is calcitriol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Calcitriol is a synthetic (man-made) active form of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). It is used to treat and prevent low levels of calcium in the blood of patients who have kidney disease or problems with their parathyroid gland, the gland that controls the amount of […]

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Are Enhanced Waters Better for Your Health?

Are Enhanced Waters Better for Your Health?

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Diet & Weight Management News FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — You’ll find plenty of nutrient-enriched flavored waters on grocery shelves, but are they any better for your diet than a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon? Many drinks promise health benefits, from more energy and better […]

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Health Tip: Eat Healthier at Work

Health Tip: Eat Healthier at Work

(HealthDay News) — Overeating on a regular basis can lead to weight gain. About 25 percent of adults eat 1,300 calories weekly from food they buy or get free at work, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. Latest Diet & Weight Management News The academy recommends limiting these workplace snacks: French fries. Pizza. Cookies […]

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imipramine (Tofranil)

imipramine (Tofranil)

What is imipramine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Imipramine is an antidepressant medication of the tricyclic class. Medications in this class are often referred to as tricyclic antidepressants or TCAs. Depression is defined as an all-pervasive sense of sadness and gloom. In patients with depression, abnormal levels of chemicals in the brain […]

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pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax 23, Pnu-Imune 23)

pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax 23, Pnu-Imune 23)

What is pneumococcal vaccine-injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Pneumococcal vaccine is used for prevention of pneumonia. This pneumococcal vaccine contains chemicals (polysaccharides) extracted from 23 types of Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. Upon injecting pneumococcal vaccine, our body recognizes these chemical as foreign and produces antibodies to destroy the chemicals. Antibodies are blood […]

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ketoprofen

ketoprofen

What is ketoprofen, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Ketoprofen is an oral drug that belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other members of this class include ibuprofen (Motrin), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Aleve) and many others. These drugs are used for the management of mild to moderate pain, […]

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New Drug Could Help Those With Tough-to-Treat Cholesterol

New Drug Could Help Those With Tough-to-Treat Cholesterol

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Cholesterol News THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — People whose high cholesterol is resistant to treatment with statin drugs may soon have a new treatment option. This new class of drugs helps block synthesis of artery-clogging cholesterol, researchers explained. The drugs target an enzyme called ATP citrate lyase (ACL), […]

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Jury Awards $29.4 Million in Talcum Powder/Cancer Case

Jury Awards $29.4 Million in Talcum Powder/Cancer Case

A woman who said her mesothelioma was caused by her regular use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder was awarded $24.4 million by a California jury, which also awarded $5 million to her spouse. Latest Cancer News The verdict Wednesday in favor of Teresa Leavitt and her spouse, Dean McElroy, came after a trial that […]

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Genomics Could Improve Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Genomics Could Improve Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Latest Cancer News THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — It’s one of the toughest cancers to beat. But new research suggests that identifying the genetics of pancreatic cancer in individual patients could boost survival for some. The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients is less than 9 percent. One reason this cancer is […]