Govt cracks whip, no stent can be withdrawn for now

The government has invoked special powers under the law to prohibit stent makers from withdrawing their products from the market for the next six months. Am id reports that several manufacturers, including Abbott and Medtronics, are seeking to withdraw premium, high-priced stents from the Indian market on account of the price cap imposed by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), the…

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Inflammatory breast cancer: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  Inflammatory breast cancer is when cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast.   This rare and aggressive type of breast cancer is known as inflammatory breast cancer because the breast typically looks swollen, red, or inflamed.   Inflammatory breast cancer tends to be diagnosed at younger ages than other…

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How insulin and glucagon work to regulate blood sugar levels

  The pancreas secretes insulin and glucagon, both of which play a vital role in regulating blood sugar levels. The two hormones work in balance. If the level of one hormone is outside the ideal range, blood sugar levels may spike or drop. Together, insulin and glucagon help keep conditions inside the body steady. When…

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New evidence that vitamin D prevents respiratory infections

  A large-scale meta-analysis using more than 10,000 participants concludes that vitamin D supplementation may help to prevent a major cause of global death – acute respiratory tract infections.   Could vitamin D supplementation prevent acute respiratory tract infections? Acute respiratory tract infections are responsible for 10 percent of ambulance and emergency room visits in…

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Higher Heart Disease Risk for Disadvantaged Women than Men

Women from low socioeconomic strata are 25 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than disadvantaged men, according to a new study published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The results highlight the need for tailored interventions for women to address the gender gap and deliver the best possible care.     Researchers…

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Key Facts and Common Myths About COPD

  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a progressive disease marked by a person’s inability to empty air out of their lungs, which makes it difficult for them to breathe.   COPD includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema.   Symptoms of COPD include breathlessness, a lasting cough that produces phlegm, and chest infections.  …

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Strength Train Your Brain

The newest fitness craze focuses on strengthening your brain. Here’s how to play your cards right and build more mental muscle. Get Your Brain to the Gym   I know what to do when my thighs get a little jiggly (hello, squats and lunges), but what about when the trouble zone in question is a…

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10 Surprising Facts About Donating Blood; From Most Needed Blood Type To Time Of Year With Most Shortages

Females Suffer From Gender Gap in Cancer Trials, Drug Development In a world where nearly everything can be manufactured, rebuilt, and redesigned, scientists are still unable to make artificial blood, meaning people who need blood transfusions must still rely entirely on donations. Unfortunately, donations haven’t been able to keep pace with their tremendous need.  …

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What is COPD? What causes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

  COPD – short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – is a chronic lung condition that is usually associated with tobacco smoking.   COPD is a collection of separate lung conditions – usually both chronic bronchitis and emphysema – which cause airflow limitation, i.e. difficulty breathing.1-4   Contents of this article:   COPD facts, statistics…

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Long-Sought ‘Attack’ Signal in Type 1 Diabetes Identified

  In Type 1 Diabetes, the immune system attacks the beta cells, the insulin producing cells that reside in the islets of Langerhans region of the pancreas   In people with type 1 diabetes, the body wages a ruthless campaign of destruction against certain cells in the pancreas because it mistakes them for foreign invaders….

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Medical News Today: 2016 cardiology year in review

  Researchers have made huge strides in the field of cardiology in 2016, bringing us closer to better preventive, diagnostic, and treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease. But which studies have stood out this year?   Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the number 1 killer across the globe,…

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Patients Treated by Female Docs Have Lower Risk of Death

Older patients who are treated by female doctors after being admitted to a hospital may be slightly less likely to die within a month of their admission than those who are treated by male doctors, according to a new study.   Researchers found that patients who were treated by female doctors had a 4 percent…

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Reduced exposure to rural microbes may increase risk of asthma, allergies

  Past research has indicated that people of lower socioeconomic status are more prone to asthma, allergies and other inflammatory disorders. Now, a new study suggests this may be because such individuals are more likely to live in urban areas, reducing their exposure to “healthy microbes” in rural settings.   The research team, including Christopher…

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Heart Rate: What is a Normal Heart Rate?

The heart rate is one of our vital signs – it is the number of times a minute that our heart contracts or beats.1   Heart rate varies – we have a resting heart rate, which does exactly what it says on the tin: it is the rate at which our heart beats when we…

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What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a type of heart disease in which the heart muscle in the ventricles becomes thickened without any obvious cause.   This prevents the heart from pumping effectively, and it can cause sudden cardiac death if left untreated.   As the heart muscle, or myocardium, thickens, the muscle cells can also become disorganized….

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Head and neck cancer: Immunotherapy drug a ‘game-changer’ for survival

Advanced head and neck cancer that is resistant to chemotherapy is notoriously difficult to treat. However, an immunotherapy drug called nivolumab could change the game for patients with no treatment options.   A paper chain of people The trial found that nivolumab can greatly extend life among head and neck cancer patients who have no…

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Some blood pressure drugs tied to risk of mood disorder hospital stays

Common blood pressure medications may increase the risk for severe mood disorder episodes, a new study suggests.   People taking drugs known as beta-blockers and calcium antagonists for more than 90 days were twice as likely to be hospitalized for a mood disorder such as major depression or bipolar disease, compared to people treating their…

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Intestinal diversity protects against asthma

Children who develop asthma or allergies have an altered immune response to intestinal bacteria in the mucous membranes even when infants, according to a new study. The results also suggests that the mother’s immune defense plays a role in the development of asthma and allergies in children. Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, study whether intestinal…

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Lung Cancer Treatment Breakthrough: Experimental Therapy 40% Better Than Chemotherapy At Preventing Deaths

  Females Suffer From Gender Gap in Cancer Trials, Drug Development   It’s nothing but a triumphant victory for both lung cancer patients and pharmaceutical company Merck.   Researchers presented the results from their phase three clinical trial at the European Society for Medical Oncology congress this weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their experimental treatment, a…

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Heart Attack or Heartburn? Differences Between Types of Chest Pain

  Anyone worried about chest pain should not wait to get urgent medical care. They should call for an ambulance straight away, especially if the pain is unexplained, sudden, or severe.   Heart attack pain is caused when one of the arteries supplying the heart becomes blocked. Angina is a similar chest pain caused when…

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New study suggests major change in treatment of significant number of ACS patients

More than one quarter of heart attack patients who are normally treated with stents to re-open their blocked arteries might be able to forgo this procedure and receive anti-thrombotic medications only, according to results of a pilot study. Results of the EROSION (Effective Anti-thrombotic Therapy without Stenting: Intravascular OCT-based Management in Plaque Erosion) study, presented…

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Why Metabolic Syndrome Is a Constellation of Risks to the Heart

  Understanding metabolic syndrome, which is estimated to affect 35 percent of adults and 10 percent of adolescents in the U.S., is important for recognizing chronic disease risk and for communicating the multidimensional role of a healthy lifestyle. As a cluster of cardiometabolic risk factors, metabolic syndrome doubles the risk of heart disease and increases…

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E-cigarette use tied to rise in quit smoking success

  New research concludes the rise of e-cigarette use in England is linked to higher rates of successful quitting attempts by smokers of regular cigarettes. The finding would suggest concerns that vaping undermines motivation and attempts to quit smoking are misplaced. breaking cigarette in half The study suggests increasing use of e-cigarette use in England…

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10 Simple Remedies for Heartburn Relief

Heartburn is a medical condition in which the contents of the stomach move backward and upward into the food pipe. Heartburn is also known as gastrointestinal reflux. The diaphragm and a muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter usually prevent heartburn. However, this muscle can sometimes relax and leave the food pipe unprotected from stomach acid….

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Using Vegetable Oils to Lower Cholesterol May Not Improve Longevity

Does swapping out all of your saturated fat with unsaturated fat lead to a longer life? A new study suggests the answer may be no. Eat less saturated fat for better heart health: that’s been the conventional wisdom based on decades of scientific study. Consumers have been advised to swap saturated (animal) fats — found…

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Hidden health benefits of celebrations

The festive season gets bad press when it comes to health — all that booze, fattening food and slumping in front of the gogglebox. But the reality is that celebrations can boost your wellbeing, especially if you were to follow a festive occasion’s must-dos a regular days. You are around loved ones The average family…

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7 steps to health and happiness: Delay lifestyle diseases by a decade

The end of the year is upon us and so is the pressure to make resolutions to do things that would make us healthier and happier. Since health is a prerequisite for happiness, here’s a seven-point checklist to prevent and delay lifestyle diseases by at least a decade, maybe two. 1. Keep blood pressure under…

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