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New, old drugs may offer fresh ways to fight heart disease

Nov. 18, 2019 3:26 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. One new study found that heart attack survivors benefited from a medicine long used to treat gout. Several experimental drugs also showed early promise for...

Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections

Nov. 18, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Mailing free home HIV tests to high-risk men offers a potentially better strategy for detecting infections than usual care. That’s according to a U.S. government study that resulted in many more infections found — including among friends with whom recipients shared extra kits. The experiment...

Jury awards $1.4M to man who got vasectomy, not circumcision

Nov. 18, 2019 12:44 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury in Iowa has awarded $1.4 million to a Burmese immigrant who wanted a circumcision but instead got a vasectomy. The Des Moines Register reports that the jury last week leveled a $2 million judgment against Dr. Kevin Birusingh, who performed the vasectomy. But jurors decided...

Drug cost legislation gets a push from White House

Nov. 18, 2019 3:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...

China diagnoses 3rd case of bubonic plague

Nov. 18, 2019 1:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China says a 55-year-old man has been diagnosed with bubonic plague after killing and eating a wild rabbit, adding to two plague cases already discovered in the capital Beijing. A statement from the health authority in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region north of Beijing said that as of...

Sorry, wrong number: Statistical benchmark comes under fire

Nov. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Earlier this fall Dr. Scott Solomon presented the results of a huge heart drug study to an audience of fellow cardiologists in Paris. The results Solomon was describing looked promising: Patients who took the medication had a lower rate of hospitalization and death than patients on a...

Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

Nov. 16, 2019 2:03 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — People with severe but stable heart disease from clogged arteries may have less chest pain if they get a procedure to improve blood flow rather than just giving medicines a chance to help, but it won't cut their risk of having a heart attack or dying over the following few years, a big...

US approves new drug to manage sickle cell disease

Nov. 15, 2019 5:46 PM EST

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new medicine that can help reduce extremely painful sickle cell disease flare-ups. The Food and Drug Administration approved Novartis AG’s Adakveo for patients 16 and older. The monthly infusion, which halves occurrences of sickle cell pain episodes, will carry a list...

Mormon leader: We didn’t leave Boy Scouts, they left us

Nov. 15, 2019 4:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-ranking leader with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Friday the church severed its century-long tie with the Boy Scouts of America because the organization made changes that pushed it away from the church. “The reality there is we didn’t really leave...

Feds: South Dakota doc made millions on unneeded surgeries

Nov. 14, 2019 8:11 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota neurosurgeon made millions of dollars by performing unnecessary and dangerous surgeries, including one that left a patient partially paralyzed, federal prosecutors contend in a lawsuit against the doctor. Dr. Wilson Asfora enriched himself by using medical devices he...