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  1. Stem Cell Tactic Shows Promise for Heart Failure

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new method for delivering stem cells to damaged heart muscle has shown early promise in treating severe heart failure, researchers report. In a preliminary study, they found the tactic was safe and feasible for the 48 hea

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  2. New Drug Lowers Levels of Triglycerides: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug dramatically lowers blood levels of potentially harmful triglycerides, a new study finds. Triglycerides are a type of blood fat created by the food you eat. At very high levels, they can cause hea

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  3. Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Share Risk Factors

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some risk factors for heart disease may also be linked with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, a new study reports. "We already know that vascular risk factors damage the brain and can result in cognitive [mental] i

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  4. Big Swings in Blood Pressure Could Spell Trouble

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Wide blood pressure fluctuations may signal an increased risk of heart disease and early death, researchers say. The large study of people taking blood pressure medication found that variations of more than 14 mm Hg in s

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  5. A New Way to Treat High Cholesterol?

    Editor's note: Updated July 28, 2015. June 10, 2015 -- A new class of medications on the horizon can lower "bad" LDL cholesterol to unheard-of levels. The new class is called PCSK9 inhibitors. The FDA approved the first drug, called alirocumab (Praluent), on July 24. An FDA advisory panel has recomm

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  6. Is Less-Invasive Aortic Aneurysm Surgery Better?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Minimally invasive surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm appears to boost survival in the short term more than traditional surgery does, but that advantage diminishes over time, researchers report. An abdomin

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  7. Antibiotic May Lower Effect of Some Blood Thinners

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The antibiotic dicloxacillin may lessen the effects of some blood-thinning medications, new research shows. "The surprise in the study was just how much of an impact dicloxacillin had," said study author Anton Pottegard,

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  8. Wider Statin Use Could Save Thousands More Lives

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New expert guidelines from two major cardiologists' groups may boost doctors' ability to spot patients who should take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, researchers said. The updated guidelines were released in 2013 by t

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  9. FDA Strengthens Warning on NSAIDs and Heart Risk

    July 10, 2015 -- Popular painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen have carried warnings for years about potential risks of heart attacks and strokes. This week, the FDA decided to strengthen those warnings on the medications, known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. The warning inclu

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  10. FDA Approves New Drug for Heart Failure

    THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first in a new class of drugs that show promise for combating heart failure. The approval of Entresto (sacubitril/varsatan) was sped up after a clinical trial found it significantly reduced the rate of

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