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High-Salt Diets May Raise Heart Risks for Kidney Patients

People with chronic kidney disease face higher odds of heart attack or stroke if they have high-salt diets, a new study suggests. "Moderate sodium reduction among patients with chronic kidney disease and high sodium intake may lower [heart] risk," concluded a team led by Dr. Jiang He, of Tulane University in New Orleans. About one in every 10 Americans...

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Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report. Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian study found. Doctors also...

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IL-23 Inhibitor Risankizumab Induces Remission in Phase II Study in Patients with Moderate-to-Severe Crohn's Disease

INGELHEIM, Germany, and NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Results were presented today from a proof-of-concept, Phase II, randomized, placebo-controlled study (NCT02031276) in Crohn's disease with investigational biologic, risankizumab (formerly BI 655066), a compound from Boehringer Ingelheim research and recently licensed by AbbVie...

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Balloon-in-a-Pill May Be New Weight-Loss Tool

A new ingestible and inflatable balloon system seems to be a noninvasive way to fill up the stomach and curb appetite, researchers report. The balloon system, known as Obalon, helped obese people lose nearly 7 percent of their body weight, the investigators added. So, how exactly does such as system work? "Patients swallow a capsule containing a...

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No Welcome Mats for Diabetes, Obesity in 'Walkable' Neighborhoods

If you live in a neighborhood where it's easy to walk to shops, schools and jobs, a new study says all that hoofing about appears to stave off excess weight and diabetes. The research found the rate of overweight and obesity increased in Ontario, Canada neighborhoods with poor "walkability" between 2001 and 2012. But overweight and obesity remained...

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Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Weight-loss surgery quickly improves blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes, and should be recommended or considered as a treatment for certain obese people with diabetes. That's the message of a joint statement endorsed by 45 international professional organizations. It appears in the June issue of the journal Diabetes Care. "Given the...

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Colon Cancer Rising in People Under 50

Although overall colon cancer rates are declining, the rates among Americans under 50 have jumped more than 11 percent in the past decade, a new study finds. Over the same decade, the number of cancers in those 50 and older fell by nearly 3 percent, the study found. "Our findings suggest that health care providers should be more vigilant about detecting...

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More Evidence That Smog a Heart Threat

Air pollution can worsen heart disease risk factors, especially in people with diabetes, a new study suggests. "We found an association between air pollution exposure in the intermediate term and undesirable changes in cholesterol," said study first author Maayan Yitshak Sade, of Ben-Gurion University and Soroka University Medical Center in Israel. "This...

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Most Americans Wouldn't Join a Clinical Trial, Survey Finds

Just four in 10 Americans have a positive impression of clinical trials, a new survey finds. And, only about one-third of Americans would be likely to enroll in one, the survey showed. The findings are cause for concern in terms of cancer research because nearly every advance in cancer was first evaluated in a clinical trial, according to the study...

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After Heart Attack, New Threat: Heart Failure

Risk of heart failure appears high within a few years of a first heart attack, a new study finds. "Heart failure is a major medical problem with a high chance of hospitalization and death," said study author Dr. Johannes Gho, a cardiology resident at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. Heart failure means the heart can't pump...

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Off-Label or Off-Limits? Should You Use A Drug For An Unapproved Use?

Off-Label Drug Use: What Is It? You may be surprised to learn that you have probably been prescribed a medication “off-label” at one point or another by your doctor. Maybe you’ve heard of “off-label” drug use in the news, but what does this really mean? “Off-label” use of a drug refers to prescribing a medication […]

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set For April 30th

On Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm local time, communities will team up with law enforcement to host the 11th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The DEA’s “Take-Back” initiative is one of four strategies under the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 to reduce prescription drug abuse and diversion […]

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Can the U.S. Win the War On Opioids?

Remember the “War on Drugs”? This may conjure images of Mexican drug lords, packages of smuggled cocaine, or clandestine DEA agents. But now we all know that the real bandit is found right in our own home — in our bathroom medicine cabinets. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 44 people in the […]

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