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Lifestyle emphasized in cardiovascular disease prevention guideline

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A new guideline from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association emphasizes social determinants of health and calls for their incorporation into shared decision-making to optimize prevention of cardiovascular disease. In a July 31 online synopsis in JAMA Cardiology, senior author Dr. Roger S. Blumenthal of the… Read

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Diabetes risk tied to common chemicals, but can curbed by healthy habits

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Chemicals in everything from food wrappers to clothing and furniture are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, but much of this added risk is reduced with good eating and exercise habits, a study suggests. Researchers tested blood samples from 957 diabetes-free people for chemicals known as PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl and… Read

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Toxic mercury in fish rising with climate change and overfishing

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Climate change and overfishing are increasing levels of toxic mercury in cod and tuna, which can cause neurological disorders in children and babies whose mothers eat fish while pregnant, a study by Harvard scientists say. The concentration of methylmercury - an organic compound which can cause severe damage to the… Read

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Patient groups push back against Gilead's pricey HIV prevention treatment

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Gilead Sciences Inc hopes to soon introduce a pricey new pill to prevent HIV in people at risk of contracting the infection, but the drugmaker faces opposition from an unusual source: patient advocates. Such groups have traditionally lobbied for insurance coverage of newer HIV drugs regardless of expense. But at… Read

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Yellow lens glasses don't improve drivers' night vision

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Touted to improve nighttime eyesight, yellow lens glasses don't help drivers see better and may, in fact, worsen vision, a new study suggests. Researchers found that yellow-lens wearing volunteers operating a driving simulator were no better at spotting a pedestrian when confronting oncoming headlights than those who wore clear lenses,… Read

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More than 1 in 10 U.S. elderly are binge drinkers

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Binge drinking, often associated with young adults, isn’t as rare as some might think among older Americans, a recent U.S. study suggests. Almost 11% of adults aged 65 and older reported binge drinking – having more than five drinks for men and four for women – at least once in… Read

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Riskiest time for surgery patients is not in the operating room

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The deadliest time for many surgery patients isn't when they're on the operating table, it's while they're recovering in the hospital and after they go home, a new study suggests. For the study, researchers examined outcomes for more than 40,000 patients 45 and older who underwent non-cardiac surgery at 28… Read

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Blue-blooded crabs at heart of pharma dispute on drug testing

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If you've received a vaccination, hip replacement or chemotherapy without suffering toxic shock, chances are you've benefited from a vast bloodletting of horseshoe crabs. Every year, fishermen net hundreds of thousands of the creatures off the U.S. East Coast and in Asia before their prized milky-blue blood is drained for… Read

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Poor diet quality tied to frailty in older adults

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When older people eat a poor-quality diet, they may be increasing their odds of becoming frail, a recent study suggests. Researchers followed 2,154 older U.S. adults for four years. At the start, participants were between the ages of 70 and 81. They were either “robust,” because they didn’t appear to… Read

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Expensive Gilead, Novartis cancer therapies losing patients to experimental treatments

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Unusually high numbers of U.S. lymphoma patients are choosing experimental treatments over expensive cell therapies sold by Gilead Sciences Inc and Novartis AG, new data shows, helping explain why sales of the two products have not met rosy expectations. Both Gilead's Yescarta and Novartis's Kymriah - which are part of… Read

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