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Breakthrough Kidney Matching Program to Save Hundreds More Lives

What happens when Good Samaritan donors and a new high-tech computer algorithm get together in a breakthrough kidney matching program? Hundreds more lives can be saved in the ultimate pay-it-forward plan. A Good Samaritan donor is someone who donates a kidney to a stranger; perhaps because he or she wants to help someone they know, […]

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Research Finds Faster Treatment for Latent TB

3-month weekly therapy as safe and effective as 9-month daily therapy If you had latent tuberculosis—infection with TB bacteria that could flare up into active disease–which treatment therapy would you choose: a three-month therapy of 12 weekly doses or a nine-month therapy of 270 daily doses? According to a multinational study by the Centers for […]

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First Bedside Genetic Test Identifies Right Drug for Stent Patients

For many cardiac patients who receive stents–tiny tubes that help restore blood flow through clogged arteries–a gene that is responsible for processing a common anti-clotting drug can complicate their recovery. Worldwide, there are more than 2 million stent procedures performed each year, about 528,000 in the U.S. alone. But up to 30 percent of Caucasians […]

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Manage Your Blood Pressure To Reduce Stroke Risk

High blood pressure is the number one cause of stroke, yet many people are totally unaware this silent killer is lurking, as there are usually no symptoms until the damage is well underway. More than 68 million American adults, about 1 in 3, have high blood pressure, putting them at risk for stroke, the third […]

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5 Lifestyle Factors Cut Diabetes Risk by 80%

Think that your risk of developing diabetes is predetermined by factors outside your control? A new large-scale study finds that a combination of five healthy lifestyle habits can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by about 80%. Surprisingly, results did not differ for those who had a family history of diabetes or were […]

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Musicians Have Better Hearing as They Age

Pardon me? Hearing loss as we age may be common, but difficulty hearing speech in noisy places is one of the most common complaints among healthy older adults, regardless of ability to hear pure tones in an audiogram test. Each May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association celebrates Better Speech and Hearing Month, so here are some surprising […]

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Nutrition Plays Vital Role in Traumatic Brain Injury Care

Important news for traumatic brain injury treatment. Actress Natasha Richardson died from complications from bleeding in the brain after sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a tragic skiing accident in 2009. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a TBI as an injury caused by “a bump, blow or jolt to the head, […]

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Zeo Sleep Manager: The Science of a Sleep Lab at Home

Are you tired of waking up tired? Almost half of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights and more than half say they have a sleep problem every night, including snoring, waking up in the middle of the night, waking too early, […]

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No More Drill and Fill with Canary Dental System

New Canadian device offers a radical shift to detect early dental caries Hate the dentist’s drill? A new Canadian dental device, the Canary Dental System, detects the size and depth of early cavities so that they can be treated, rather than needing to be drilled and filled later. The Canary System is the brainchild of […]

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Designer Drugs for Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Three new game-changing anticoagulants have been developed for the prevention of strokes in people with atrial fibrillation. The new designer drugs dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban offer significant benefits compared to decades-old warfarin, but there are some downsides to consider. More than 2.7 million Americans have atrial fibrillation today and an estimated 12 million may have […]

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