Evinacumab cuts cholesterol levels by half in patients with HoFH

The investigational drug evinacumab reduced low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol to near-normal levels among patients with a rare cholesterol disorder, meeting the primary endpoint in the first randomized placebo-controlled trial of the drug, which is being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). Homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia…

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Chest pain, stress tests warrant attention even if arteries are clear

Patients who experience chest pain and have abnormal results on a cardiac stress test but who do not have blocked arteries often experience changes in their symptoms and stress test results over time, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). «Even though…

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COVID-19 symptom research app recruiting millions of Americans

Boston, MA — As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic grips the US, a new free app is helping to track the onset and progression of symptoms of millions across the nation. The app will help identify those at risk sooner, and help slow the outbreak of the disease. Information about those who remain symptom-free will also…

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The placebo effect and psychedelic drugs: tripping on nothing?

There has been a lot of recent interest in the use of psychedelic drugs to treat depression. A new study from McGill suggests that, in the right context, some people may experience psychedelic-like effects from placebos alone. The researchers reported some of the strongest placebo effects (these are effects from «fake» medication) on consciousness in…

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Increases in self-reported mental health issues, service use in Ontario

The number of people diagnosed with psychiatric disorders in Ontario remained stable between 2002 and 2014, but the number of people self-reporting mental health issues and using mental health services has increased, according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). «These findings may indicate that because of increased awareness and reduced stigma around…

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White House Airlifts Medical Supplies From China in Coronavirus Fight

WASHINGTON — A commercial aircraft carrying 80 tons of gloves, masks, gowns and other medical supplies from Shanghai touched down in New York on Sunday, the first of 22 scheduled flights that White House officials say will funnel much-needed goods to the United States by early April as it battles the world’s largest coronavirus outbreak.…

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Gargling for Coronavirus? What Science Can Tell Us

As Americans search for ways to fight the spread of the coronavirus, one popular topic that has generated interest on the internet is gargling. What’s behind the gargling claim, and is there any medical proof that gargling may help to fight coronavirus or other respiratory infections? To date, as with many things in medicine, there…

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