Evenity approved to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Evenity (romosozumab-aqqg) to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women at high risk of breaking a bone (fracture). These are women with a history of osteoporotic fracture or multiple risk factors for fracture, or those who have failed or are intolerant to other osteoporosis therapies. More than 10 million people … Read more

New blood test diagnoses heart attacks faster

A new test to assess a whether or not someone is having a heart attack upon arriving in the emergency room was safe and effective, ruling out heart attack in emergency room patients faster than a conventional method, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. The new high-sensitivity blood test for … Read more

Women doctors best for women with heart attacks

If you’re having a heart attack and you’re a woman, hope a female doctor greets you in the emergency room. A review of nearly 582,000 heart attack cases over 19 years showed female patients had a significantly higher survival rate when a woman treated them in the ER, according to Seth Carnahan of Washington University … Read more

Traffic noise may raise heart attack risk

Your risk of heart attack increases with the amount of traffic noise to which you are exposed. The increase in risk – though slight – is greatest with road and rail traffic noise, less with aircraft noise. This is revealed by Andreas Seidler and co-authors in the Deutsches ├ärzteblatt International after evaluating information from statutory … Read more

Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of heart attacks & strokes

A Mediterranean diet, high in fruit, vegetables, fish and unrefined foods, is linked to a lower risk of heart attack and stroke in people who already have heart disease, according to a study of over 15,000 people in 39 countries around the world. The research also showed that eating greater amounts of healthy food was … Read more

ReShape balloon device to treat obesity approved in US

The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Dual Balloon) – A new balloon device to treat obesity without the need for invasive surgery is approved by US FDA. This is intended to facilitate weight loss in obese adult patients. The device likely works by occupying space in the stomach, which may trigger feelings of fullness, … Read more

Praluent – alirocumab injection approved for cholesterol-lowering treatment by US FDA

Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Praluent┬« (alirocumab) Injection, the first FDA-approved treatment in a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) inhibitors. Praluent is indicated as an adjunct to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy for the treatment of adults … Read more

New antiplatelet drug Kengreal approved by US FDA

FDA approves new antiplatelet drug used during heart procedure – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Kengreal (cangrelor), an intravenous antiplatelet drug that prevents formation of harmful blood clots in the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart.

New cholesterol drug alirocumab halved number of heart attacks and strokes

New drug alirocumab halved number of heart attacks and strokes – An experimental cholesterol-lowering drug from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals roughly halved the number of heart attacks and strokes in a clinical trial, revealed by researchers at the European Society of Cardiology yearly gathering in Barcelona.

Sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure

Here comes the sun to lower your blood pressure – Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure and thus cut the risk of heart attack and stroke, a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests. Research carried out at the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh shows that sunlight alters levels of the small messenger molecule, nitric oxide (NO) in the skin and blood, reducing blood pressure.

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