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Federal study shows that some cardiac surgery is not needed

New research from the federal government found that regular cardiac surgery to remove artery blockages – such as bypasses – is unnecessary because they can be treated with drug therapy. Patients could save $ 775 million a year by not doing the surgery, a doctor told The New York Times. The study "will certainly challenge our clinical thinking," says Dr. …

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For heart disease, medications can work as well as invasive surgery, large studies show

While the invasive procedures were found to improve chest pain and quality of life in some patients, other major outcomes did not differ significantly – namely, subsequent heart attack, hospitalization for unstable chest pain or heart failure, resuscitation following cardiac arrest and death due to cardiovascular causes. Stents and bypass operations are commonly used for patients with heart attack, but …

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The world's oldest people may have supercharged immune cells

The secret to living past 110 may be an increase in killing cells in the bloodstream. New research finds that " supercentenarians ," or people who make it to age 110 or older, have higher than typical concentrations of a particularly rare type of T-helper cell in the blood. These immune cells can protect the oldest from the old against …

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ISCHEMIA: Invasive strategy is no better than medicine for CV events

Both the "extended" endpoint and death / MI were not different between the arms, but QoL was significantly better with PCI / CABG. PHILADELPHIA, PA – After more than 10 years and $ 100 million, the International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches (ISCHEMIA) has yielded a crucial result: an invasive strategy on top of optimal …

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Case of whooping cough reported in three Spokane schools | News

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Public Schools officials said students at three local schools may have been exposed to whooping cough or whooping cough. The district sent out a health alert by email on Thursday night warning parents of students at Browne Elementary, Glover Middle and Shadle Park High School that their children may have been exposed. Spokane Public Schools spokesman …

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Drugs are as effective as stent for stable heart disease, the ISCHEMIA study finds

Overall, the study results from ISCHEMIA suggested that invasive procedures, stents and bypass surgery should be used more sparingly in patients with stable heart disease and the decision to use them should be less rushed, experts said. The $ 100 million trial, presented on Saturday at the American Heart Association annual meeting for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, is the …

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The ongoing trauma of decay

Image Credit via Jen Gunter As a pediatric gynecologist, I have advised many women about their risks for premature delivery and delivered hundreds of premature babies, but I did not think much about the consequences after I handed the little newborn to the intensive care unit for newborns. And there are many ramifications. Ten percent of births in the United …

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These sports injuries cause most ER visits among young people, the report notes

The report, published Friday in National Health Statistics Reports, found that between 2010 and 2016, approximately 2.7 million visits to the emergency department for sports injuries each year were made by adolescents aged 5 to 24 years. "These are the sports that account for the most visits," said Pinyao Anna Rui, lead author of the report and a survey statistician …

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When undergoing chemo or radiation, cancer patients must avoid disease. The CDC provides important tips.

Up to 75 percent of the body's white blood cells are neutrophils, and they play an important role in helping fight infection. When needed, neutrophils are among the first cells to respond. They gobble up microorganisms and release enzymes and other substances to kill bacteria and stop infections in their tracks. However, chemotherapy and radiation can reduce the number of …

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