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ESC: Otamixaban Fails in ACS
Meeting Coverage. ESC: Otamixaban Fails in ACS. Published: Sep 1, 2013 | Updated: Sep 1, 2013. By Ed Susman , Contributing Writer, MedPage Today. Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San ...

Disappointing Results with Boehringer's Pradaxa for Mechanical Valves
Despite being more durable than bioprosthetic valves, mechanical heart valves are often not chosen because of the requirement for lifelong anticoagulant therapy. It has been hoped that the newer generation of oral anticoagulants might eventually replace ...

New Daiichi drug vies for slice of clot prevention market
By Ben Hirschler. AMSTERDAM | Sun Sep 1, 2013 2:03am EDT. AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A new clot preventer from Daiichi Sankyo proved as effective as widely used warfarin in treating a dangerous condition known as venous thromboembolism and ...

Turning the town teal
WARREN - The color teal may be an unfamiliar one, but the Warren Junior Women's League is hoping to change that by "turning the town teal" in recognition of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. A group of about 10 women gathered at the gazebo ...

Woman, pet kangaroo find new home at zoo
Christie Carr holds her kangaroo Irwin and their new friend Larsen, a baby tiger, at their new home at the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Okla, on Wednesday. advertisement | your ad here. By Kristi Eaton, Associated Press. Christie ...

The Case For Clearing More Arteries During Heart Attacks
An aggressive approach to preventing heart attacks could be the next big thing in the long battle against this leading cause of death. A British study presented Sunday in Amsterdam finds that doctors can reduce future heart attacks and cardiac deaths by ...

Texas Megachurch At Center Of Measles Outbreak
Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago. But in recent years, the highly infectious disease has cropped up in communities with low vaccination rates, most recently in North Texas. There, 21 people — the majority of whom have ...

Men's self-esteem drops when female partners succeed
According to a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, men had lower self-esteem when their spouses or girlfriends were more successful than them. (Via KCTV). To be fair, it's not because men don't want them to be ...

Clearing More Arteries Works in Angioplasty Trial
SUNDAY, Sept. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack patients who undergo angioplasty for a clogged artery that caused the attack may do better if other clogged arteries are done at the same time, new research suggests. Patients who had multiple coronary ...

Mosquito spraying for West Nile to start Sept. 4
Mosquito spray will be applied within the city of Huntington this week following the discovery of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus within Huntington County. The spray will be applied the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 4 and 5, weather ...

Pennsylvania hospital to open country's first inpatient treatment program for ...
Pennsylvania hospital to open country's first inpatient treatment program for ...

Pennsylvania hospital to open country's first inpatient treatment program for ...
Pennsylvania hospital to open country's first inpatient treatment program for ...

RE-ALIGN: Dabigatran use not supported in patients with mechanical heart valves
AMSTERDAM — Use of dabigatran in patients with mechanical heart valves was associated with increased rates of thromboembolic events and bleeding complications in the RE-ALIGN study. The phase 2, dose-validation study focused on two patient ...

Okla. woman, kangaroo pet find new home at zoo
WYNNEWOOD, Okla. — Christie Carr wants her young ones to cooperate when they sit down for a family portrait, but at times it's so difficult that she has to tell young Irwin to go to his bedroom. He obeys and hops to it. Irwin may sleep in a bed, wear boy's ...

Something fishy is going on in the nation's lobster capital
I've had a wicked good summer. Demand for Maine lobsters is running high, but prices remain flat, pinching profits, so the state is looking to diversify its fishing. With tourism booming and demand for local lobster as popular as ever, life in eastern Maine this ...

Measles Outbreak Puts Texas Megachurch Under Scrutiny
The teachings of a televangelist on the virtues of trusting God to keep you healthy are under scrutiny after a cluster of measles cases linked to his family's North Texas megachurch revealed many congregants hadn't been vaccinated against the highly ...

A Woman's Success Lowers Male-Partner's Self-Esteem
In a day and age in which society would like to think women's rights are at least close to equal to that of a man's, a recent study reminds us that traditional expectations around men and women are still very much ingrained. The study, published in the Journal ...

Smokers Who “Survive to 70″ Lose Many Years of Life
According to a recent press release at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), individuals who smoke are at considerable risk of mortality, regardless of their age. Until recently, thorough epidemiological studies had not been conducted to determine the ...

2-tone lobster, orange and brown, shown in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine has seen its share of blue lobsters, orange lobsters, albino lobsters and calico lobsters. But one on display at a Portland research facility has all of those turning green with envy. The lobster at the Gulf of Maine Research ...

Bigger and healthier: European men grow 11cm in a century
By Kate Kelland. LONDON | Sun Sep 1, 2013 7:22pm EDT. LONDON (Reuters) - The average height of European men grew by a surprising 11 centimeters from the early 1870s to 1980, reflecting significant improvements in health across the region, according ...

Life expectancy gap growing between rich/poor world women - WHO
Mon Sep 2, 2013 3:35am IST. * Cardiovascular disease, cancers biggest killers of women over 50. * Detection and treatment lag in many poorer countries, WHO says. By Stephanie Nebehay. GENEVA, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Life expectancy for women at 50 has ...

New heart op 'could save thousands of lives a year': Procedure could cut risk of ...
New heart op 'could save thousands of lives a year': Procedure could cut risk of ...

How men have gained 4inches in height in 100 years: Nourishment and living ...
How men have gained 4inches in height in 100 years: Nourishment and living ...

Boy who lost battle to brain-eating amoeba laid to rest
Zac Reyna was infected with the brain-eating amoeba in August, while knee-boarding in a water-filled channel near his home in LaBelle, Fla. Thousands followed the 12-year-old boy's battle, and many gathered for his funeral Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Post to ...

Life Expectancy Gap Widens Between Women in Rich and Poor Countries
GENEVA — The World Health Organization reports women aged 50 and older globally are healthier now than they were 20 and 30 years ago. But while women's health has improved, a new WHO study finds the gap in life expectancy is widening between ...

Halozyme Announces Roche Receives Marketing Authorization for Herceptin ...
Halozyme Announces Roche Receives Marketing Authorization for Herceptin ...

Get your kids their flu vaccines now, pediatricians advise
Parents should get their kids – and themselves – vaccinated against flu as soon as possible, pediatricians advised on Monday. There are some new vaccines on the market and while some of the newer ones might appear better, it's not worth waiting for one, ...

Study: Depression equally common among men, women
It's long been thought that women are more prone to depression then men. But men may be just as likely to suffer from depression, according to research that considered alternative symptoms that are not included in the standard criteria used to diagnose the ...

Cardiovascular Outcome Studies in Diabetes Drugs Finally Arrive
For many years critics have bemoaned the absence of outcome studies for the many diabetes drugs used to lower blood glucose levels. Now, finally, two large trials with different drugs have been presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting in ...

Doctors get good and bad safety news on diabetes drugs
By Ben Hirschler. AMSTERDAM | Mon Sep 2, 2013 2:01am EDT. AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Diabetes pills known as DPP-4 therapies got a mixed safety report on Monday as studies showed they did not raise the risk of heart attacks but might be linked to heart ...

New formulation of Roche's Herceptin wins EU approval
ZURICH, Sept 2 | Mon Sep 2, 2013 10:41am IST. ZURICH, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Monday the European Commission had approved a new formulation of its breast cancer drug Herceptin which allows the medicine to be ...

Polio breaks out amid militant threats in Pakistan
In this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, photo, A Pakistani health worker administers vaccine against polio to a child in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Pakistan's health authorities confirmed five new polio cases from tribal areas where Islamic militants banned the vaccine over ...

Poverty reduces brainpower, study
Poverty reduces brainpower, it uses up so much mental energy that there is much less brainpower left to address other areas of life, researchers reported in the journal Science. Consequently, poor people are more prone to making bad decisions and ...

TB has human, not animal, origins - says study
The origins of human tuberculosis have been traced back to hunter-gatherer groups in Africa 70,000 years ago, an international team of scientists say. The research goes against common belief that TB originated in animals only 10,000 years ago and spread ...

A New Lactation Station Helps Moms On The Go
The Center for Disease Control issues a Breast Feeding Report Card every year. The 2013 report shows that breast feeding is on the rise. Over seventy five percent of American mothers breastfeed their infants to start. In Vermont, it's even higher than that, ...

Novartis heart failure drug effective across patient groups
By Ben Hirschler. AMSTERDAM | Mon Sep 2, 2013 8:00am EDT. AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - An experimental drug from Novartis to treat heart failure proved equally effective regardless of the age of patients or whether they had other medical problems, clinical ...

HEALTHBEAT: Time for flu vaccine again and this year some brands promise a ...
HEALTHBEAT: Time for flu vaccine again and this year some brands promise a ...

Parents' Goals Guide ADHD Treatment Choice
MONDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Parents' goals for treating their child's attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to steer the treatment in a distinct direction, new research shows. When parents' main concern was their child's academic ...

There's something (potentially dangerous) about molly
(CNN) -- "Have you heard of molly?" the girl next to me asked. She was swaying from side to side, bobbing her head to the bass vibrating throughout the sold-out venue. The room around us was buzzing with anticipation. Music was blasting. People were ...

New Diabetes Drug Seems Safe for Heart, Study Finds
From. New Diabetes Drug Seems Safe for Heart, Study Finds. Published: September 2, 2013 9:07 AM By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter. Photos. The new diabetes drug Onglyza has no effect, good or bad, on a patient's risk for heart attacks, a new study ...

Take Kids to Get Their Flu Shots Early, Experts Say
From. Take Kids to Get Their Flu Shots Early, Experts Say. Published: September 2, 2013 9:07 AM -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas. Photos. As soon as the updated seasonal flu vaccine becomes available, parents should bring children aged 6 months and older to ...

Men's average height 'up 11cm since 1870s'
The average height of men has risen by almost 11cm since the mid-19th century, experts have found. Data was collected on hundreds of thousands of men from 15 European countries. For British men, the average height at age 21 rose from 167.05cm (5ft 5in) ...

New Diabetes Drugs Don't Raise Heart-Attack Risk
AMSTERDAM—A new class of diabetes drug doesn't appear to increase risk of heart attack, according to two large studies, offering some reassurance to doctors and patients who had concerns about possible negative effects on the heart. But there was a ...

Boy with rare brain infection donates organs
MIAMI (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old southwest Florida boy who was infected by a rare and deadly brain eating amoeba says his organs are being donated. In a Facebook posting late Monday, the family announced that Zachary Reyna's organs were ...

Pregnant women selling used, positive pregnancy tests online
Expectant moms are selling their positive pregnancy test kits on Craigslist — and it seems there is no shortage of buyers. Moms-to-be from across the U.S. are reportedly asking for between $20 and $40 to hand over the devices that confirm they are about to ...

Doctors say back-to-school plans should include flu shots
Don't wait for flu season to hit — the American Academy of Pediatrics says now is the time to start thinking about flu shots. The group issued new recommendations Monday urging that all children over the age of six months get a flu shot as soon as it becomes ...

Men 'lack self-esteem' following partner's success
When in a relationship, it goes without saying that you should be happy when your partner is successful. But according to a new study, when a spouse or girlfriend succeeds, a man is more likely to feel worse about himself. The study, published in the ...

Obesity in US Fast Facts
(CNN) -- Here's a look at what you need to know about obesity in America. Obesity is achieved when a person reaches a particular body mass index. Adults with a BMI of 25 - 29.9 are considered overweight, while adults with a BMI of 30 or more are ...

Positive Pregnancy Tests Sold On Craigslist With 'No Questions Asked' From ...
Positive Pregnancy Tests Sold On Craigslist With 'No Questions Asked' From ...

Life Expectancy Grows for Women Age 50 and Up
Life expectancy for women who live to age 50 is going up around the world, but poor and middle-income countries could easily make greater gains, according to a new World Health Organization report. Heart disease, stroke and cancer kill most women over ...

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