Health

  • Cyberonics device improves heart function after Boston flop

    By Ben Hirschler BARCELONA (Reuters) - A nerve stimulation device from Cyberonics improved cardiac function in heart failure patients in a small clinical trial, in contrast to an unsuccessful study backed by Boston Scientific. Both companies are trying to improve outcomes for patients with heart…

    Reuters
  • Wallaby McCabe's triple neck-break sparks prevention call

    Experts have warned rugby players not to rely on neck-braces to stop spinal injuries but to focus on prevention as concerns grow over increasingly heavy collisions following the three neck fractures suffered by Australia's Pat McCabe. The Wallabies centre ended his career last week after suffering…

    AFP
  • Joan Rivers' Daughter: Our Fingers Are Crossed

    Melissa Rivers, daughter of Joan Rivers, issued a statement of thanks to fans of her mom on Sunday, and said she remains hopeful about the entertainer's recovery. We are keeping our fingers crossed," Melissa said in a statement issued to Access Hollywood .

    Access Hollywood
  • Children Using e-Cigarettes Are More at Risk of Trying Cigarettes

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that e-cigarette use by teens is on the rise.

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  • SIGNIFY Trial Provokes Sound And Fury Over Controversial Servier and Amgen Drug

    The controversial drug ivabradine just got a little more controversial. The drug, which is marketed by Servier under the brand names of Corlentor and Procoralan, is available in Europe and elsewhere and is used for the treatment of heart failure and stable angina. The drug is not available in the…

    Forbes
  • Pharmaceutical Phenoms: America's Best-Selling Medicines

    These three drugs were the winners of their day. Find out what winning pharmaceuticals have in common.

    Investopedia
  • The Most Interesting Man Revolutionizing The Health World

    He wrote his first world-renowned book at the age of 26. On weekends he recites love poems (ghazals) on Voice of America. He casually – and humbly – references his more than 70 patents that range from aging wine to chewing gum to bioreactors to air scrubbing systems at his [...]

    Forbes
  • Pot shops shunned by banks haul in the cash

    Conflicting laws, hazy regulatory guidance leaves legal pot shops flush with money.

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  • Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan

    An outbreak of dengue fever in Japan -- the first since World War II -- has affected at least 22 people, the government said Monday, with all cases believed to be linked to a Tokyo park. The health ministry said 19 new infections have been confirmed since last week. All are believed to have visited…

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    Experimental Drug Gives New Hope for Congestive Heart Failure Sufferers

    Dr. Jennifer Ashton gives insight into the promising new drug giving millions of heart failure patients fresh hope.

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  • New test fast-tracks diagnosis for malaria

    A new invention can cheaply and accurately diagnose malaria infection in just a few minutes using only a droplet of blood, researchers have reported in the journal Nature Medicine. The tool could replace the laborious, error-prone method by which a lab technician looks for malaria parasites in…

    AFP
  • Health workers death toll mounts in W.Africa as Ebola spreads

    Nigeria's health minister will hold an emergency meeting of state health commissioners on Monday as West Africa struggles to halt the deadly Ebola virus, amid growing concern at the toll among healthcare workers. Nigeria on Sunday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from…

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  • 'Most exciting ever' Novartis drug points to huge sales

    By Ben Hirschler BARCELONA (Reuters) - Sales forecasts for Novartis's new heart failure drug are being ramped up by analysts after strikingly good clinical trial results for a medicine doctors expect to transform treatment of the deadly disease. David Epstein, Novartis' head of pharmaceuticals,…

    Reuters
  • How Will Millennials Face Their Parents' Aging? With Wearable Tech And Human Touch

    In the past year my wife and I have moved my father from Missouri to Colorado, acted as amateur health assistants and social workers, found him the resources he needed to live as safely and independently as possible, all while both of us were in the middle of balancing work [...]

    Forbes
  • US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose…

    Associated Press
  • Cholesterol Drug Halves Heart Attack and Stroke in Early Test

    The results, though not conclusive, provide the first evidence that targeting a protein known as PCSK9 could reduce cardiovascular risks for millions of patients.

    The New York Times
  • Wounded Gazans struggle to find treatment after war

    Still in shock weeks after an Israel shell blast shredded his arm and killed four members of his family, Ahmed Ayyad is one of many wounded Gazans now needing long-term care. Staring blankly ahead and speaking softly, 23-year-old Ayyad sits in the waiting room for Gaza's only prosthetics centre as…

    AFP
  • Doctors are shifting their business models

    With insurance companies often paying doctors less for their services and with paperwork increasing, Dr. Gregory Yu was putting in longer workdays to squeeze in more patients.

    Los Angeles Times