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New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart disease

Nov. 18, 2019 2:13 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...

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...

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...

US panel backs wider use of fish oil to prevent heart attack

Nov. 14, 2019 6:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health experts on Thursday recommended broader use of a prescription-strength fish oil drug to help many more patients at risk for heart attack, stroke and related health problems. Currently the drug, Vascepa, is approved for a relatively narrow group of patients with extremely...

US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling

Nov. 13, 2019 4:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable. So there’s some surprising news in a report released Wednesday: U.S. superbug deaths appear to be going...

Music becomes medicine as singer Joe Henry battles cancer

Nov. 13, 2019 11:18 AM EST

Singer-songwriter Joe Henry was still absorbing the shock of confronting his life-threatening illness when he climbed into bed early one evening with paper and pen, his instruments for therapy. He then wrote a song, his first since being told he had stage 4 prostate cancer. He knew composing would help him heal....

Cholesterol levels dropping in US, but many still need care

Nov. 11, 2019 2:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some good health news: Americans' cholesterol levels are dropping, and more people at especially high risk are getting treatment. Researchers say Monday's report suggests a controversial change in recommendations for cholesterol treatment may be starting to pay off. "It is very...