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Archive for August 4th, 2017

Quitting statins after stroke may raise risk of another stroke

Stroke patients who stopped taking statin drugs three to six months after a first ischemic stroke, the type caused by narrowed arteries, had a higher risk of a having another stroke within a year, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke [...]

FDA approves first treatment for certain types of poor-prognosis acute myeloid leukemia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Vyxeos for the treatment of adults with two types of acute myeloid leukemia (AML): newly diagnosed therapy-related AML (t-AML) or AML with myelodysplasia-related changes (AML-MRC). Vyxeos is a fixed-combination of chemotherapy drugs daunorubicin and cytarabine. “This is the first approved treatment specifically for patients with certain types [...]

Experimental drug reverses obesity-related liver disease

A drug developed at the University of Rochester Medical Center protected mice from one of the many ills of our cheeseburger and milkshake-laden Western diet – non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In a study published in the journal JCI Insights, scientists report that a drug called “URMC-099″ reversed liver inflammation, injury and scarring in animals fed [...]

Researchers help find pathologic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s in aged chimpanzee brains

Dementia affects one-third of all people older than 65 years in the United States. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, irreversible brain disease that results in impaired cognitive functioning and other behavioral changes. Humans are considered uniquely susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease, potentially due to genetic differences, changes in brain structure [...]

Are artificial sweeteners counterproductive when dieting?

Next time you drop an artificial sweetener into your coffee thinking of the weight you’ll lose by avoiding sugar, think again. A new study published in Cell Metabolism has found that artificial sweeteners combined with a low carbohydrate diet significantly increases the quantity of calories consumed. The study, led by the University of Sydney’s Charles [...]