Critical heart drug too pricey for some Medicare patients

An effective drug to treat chronic heart failure may cost too much for senior citizens with a standard Medicare Part D drug plan, said a study co-authored by a John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) researcher at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The therapy is a combination of sacubitril/valsartan called Entresto®. Researchers found…

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How fat prawns can save lives

IMAGE: River prawns, like this Macrobrachium prawn raised in a local hatchery in the Senegal River basin, can consume a dozen or more snails per day. A team led by University… view more  Berkeley — Before bite-sized crustaceans like crayfish, shrimp and prawns land on our dinner plates, they first have to get fat themselves —…

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Researchers unveil experimental compound to block therapeutic target in blood cancer

IMAGE: Jason Wong, Blossom Damania, PhD, and a team of UNC Lineberger researchers have discovered a hyperactive cell signal that contributes to tumor growth in primary effusion lymphoma, an aggressive blood… view more  CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina — Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a hyperactive cell signal that contributes to tumor…

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Failure to launch: Parents are barriers to teen independence

IMAGE: Infographic view more  Credit: Michigan Medicine ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Something most parents don’t want to hear from their teenager: I am not prepared to be an adult, and it’s your fault. Nearly all parents (97%) in a new national poll say they are helping their teen become more independent by using strategies like allowing…

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More ED visits because of alcohol, 175% increase in 25- to 29-year-olds seeking care

New research shows dramatically rising visits to emergency departments (ED) related to alcohol, especially for women, with a 175% increase in alcohol-related visits from young people aged 25 to 29. The article, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), shows increases in ED visits related to alcohol that are occurring much faster than overall ED…

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Early introduction of peanuts in babies to reduce allergy risk

Podcast post-embargo link: https://soundcloud.com/cmajpodcasts/181613-five Worried about peanut allergies in children? A practice article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) outlines five things to know about early introduction of peanuts in infants to reduce the risk of peanut allergy. Infants who are fed peanut protein regularly have a lower risk of peanut allergy. To prevent peanut…

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Gun ownership linked to greater incidence of domestic homicides

IMAGE: Firearm Ownership and Domestic Firearm Homicide Rates, By State, in the United States, 1990-2016. view more  Credit: American Journal of Preventive Medicine Ann Arbor, July 22, 2019 — A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, reveals a unique and strong association between firearm ownership and the risk of domestic…

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