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Atrial Fibrillation: MicroRNA Levels Could be Precursor
Atrial Fibrillation: MicroRNA Levels Could be Precursor
Elite runners tend to develop atrial fibrillation Could that be because of increased levels of microRNA as the heart tries to cope with the stress? A German team found intriguing findings in marathon runners.
Caffeine Doesn't Bring on Atrial Fibrillation, Arrhythmias, Study Finds
Despite decades of clinical advice that caffeine is bad for the heart, there has been little actual study of its effects. A California team said moderate consumption does not affect the performance of the heart or trigger arrhthymias.
Texting Reminders Lowered Blood Pressure only Slightly, UK Team Reports
Researchers in poor neighborhoods of Cape Town, South African tried to see if sending low-income underserved patients short text messages would improve patients’ adherence to taking anti-hypertension drugs regularly. The results were disappointing, but the strategy should be further explored, a UK team concluded.
Hopkins Gets Nod on HIV Organ Transplant
Johns Hopkins University has been granted approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to be the first hospital in the country to perform HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants.
Hawaii Mayor Declares State of Emergency for Dengue Outbreak
A cluster of locally-acquired dengue cases in Hawaii has led to a state of emergency.
Stroke Prevention More Urgent for African Americans
Stroke prevention is a more urgent task for physicians treating African Americans—based on that group’s higher risk of having a first-time stroke, Alabama researchers have found.
Basel's Delightful Museums for Doctors (Part 1): The Pharmacy-Historical Museum
It's no surprise that Basel, home of pharmaceutical industry heavyweights, is also home to a wonderful pharmacy museum.
Resistance to Common HIV Treatment Persists Worldwide
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is becoming more resistant to a drug used both to prevent and treat infection.
Stem Cell Treatment Seen for MS
Some patients with multiple sclerosis could be treated with stem cells, researchers report.

Product News

Nasal Powder for Migraine Relief Gets FDA Approval
Nasal Powder for Migraine Relief Gets FDA Approval
The FDA has approved sumatriptan nasal powder (Onzetra Xsail/Avanir Pharmaceuticals) for treating of adults suffering from acute migraines with or without aura.
Hep C Drug Approved for Genotypes 1 and 4
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a combination of elbasvir and grazoprevir (Zepatier/Merck) for treatment of adults with chronic hepatitis C infection.
Lung Drug Gets FDA Approval
The US Food and Drug Administration approved selexipag (Uptravi/Actelion Pharmaceuticals US) for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in adults.
FDA Approves Nasal Spray Naxolone
An easy-to-use nasal-spray version of naxolone hydrochloride (Narcan) got rapid FDA approval. It is available only by prescription, but requires no medical training to administer.
FDA Approves HIV Combo Tablet
The FDA approved a new combination tablet that provides once-a-day dosing for patients with HIV-1 infection.
FDA Approves Asthma Add-On Treatment
Asthma treatment approved as "add-on" for patients with severe asthma.

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