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NICE recommends FIRMAGON for treating advanced hormone-dependent prostate cancer in adults with spinal metastases

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) today issued its Final Appraisal Determination (FAD) recommending FIRMAGON (degarelix) as an option for treating advanced hormone-dependent prostate cancer, only in adults with spinal metastases who present with signs or symptoms of spinal cord compression. [More]

Meta-analysis shows calcium supplementation does not raise coronary heart disease in elderly women

The results of a study presented today at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases do not support the hypothesis that calcium supplementation, with or without vitamin D, increases coronary heart disease or all-cause mortality risk in elderly women. [More]

Study shows administering steroids during cardiac surgery requiring bypass can cause harm

Giving patients steroids at the time of heart surgery does not improve health outcomes and appears to put them at greater risk of having a heart attack in the days following surgery, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Amgen reports positive findings from AMG 145 Phase 3 studies in patients at risk for cardiovascular disease

Amgen reports positive findings from AMG 145 Phase 3 studies in patients at risk for cardiovascular disease

Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced new detailed data from three Phase 3 studies that showed treatment with its novel investigational cholesterol-lowering medication, evolocumab (AMG 145), resulted in a statistically significant reduction of 55-66 percent in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) compared to placebo in patients with high cholesterol. [More]

Women who drink too many diet drinks a day more likely to have heart problems

It appears healthy postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]
High-quality early childhood development programs can help prevent onset of adult chronic disease

High-quality early childhood development programs can help prevent onset of adult chronic disease

High-quality early childhood development programs with health care and nutritional components can help prevent or delay the onset of adult chronic disease, according to a new study by Nobel laureate economist James Heckman and researchers at the University of Chicago, University College London and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina. [More]
Formula for peak exercise heart rate does not account for differences between men and women

Formula for peak exercise heart rate does not account for differences between men and women

The formula for peak exercise heart rate that doctors have used for decades in tests to diagnose heart conditions may be flawed because it does not account for differences between men and women, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]
‘Residual risk’ concern for treated Japanese hypertension patients

‘Residual risk’ concern for treated Japanese hypertension patients

Physicians should be alert to other sources of cardiovascular risk in patients with hypertension, even if they are receiving optimal antihypertensive treatment, say Japanese researchers. [More]
Researchers analyze existing cohort studies and randomized trials on coronary risk and fatty acid intake

Researchers analyze existing cohort studies and randomized trials on coronary risk and fatty acid intake

A new study raises questions about current guidelines which generally restrict the consumption of saturated fats and encourage consumption of polyunsaturated fats to prevent heart disease. The research was published today, 18 March, in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. [More]
Researchers create statistical model to predict whether heart scans are useful in prescribing statins

Researchers create statistical model to predict whether heart scans are useful in prescribing statins

As long as inexpensive statins, which lower cholesterol, are readily available and patients don't mind taking them, it doesn't make sense to do a heart scan to measure how much plaque has built up in a patient's coronary arteries before prescribing the pills, according to a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco. [More]

Family CV history indicates intensive treatment need for hypertensive patients

A family history of premature cardiovascular disease is a marker of increased mortality risk in patients with hypertension, report researchers. [More]

NICE guidance influences medical policy towards diabetes prevention nationwide

A team of academics from the University of Leicester has been instrumental in shaping National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance that will influence medical policy towards diabetes prevention nationwide. [More]
Studies identify gene signals involved with BMI and their connection to: heart disease, diabetes

Studies identify gene signals involved with BMI and their connection to: heart disease, diabetes

Two recent genetic studies expand the list of genes involved with body fat and body mass index, and their connection to major Western health problems: heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. [More]
Two genetic studies expand list of genes connected to major Western health problems

Two genetic studies expand list of genes connected to major Western health problems

Two recent genetic studies expand the list of genes involved with body fat and body mass index, and their connection to major Western health problems: heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. One study showed that higher body mass index (BMI) caused harmful effects on the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and inflammation, while another study found gene signals linked to higher levels of body fat metrics, without showing causality. [More]
New project identifies best policy initiatives for promotion of cardiovascular health

New project identifies best policy initiatives for promotion of cardiovascular health

The EU-funded EuroHeart (European Heart Health Strategy) II Project comes to an end today after three years of research into current cardiovascular disease (CVD) trends and analysis of EU-wide CVD prevention policies. [More]

TPI announces financial results for second quarter fiscal year 2014

Tianyin Pharmaceutical Inc., a pharmaceutical company that specializes in the patented biopharmaceutical, modernized traditional Chinese medicine (mTCM), branded generics and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) announced financial results for the second quarter fiscal year 2014. [More]

Moderate-intensity exercise reduces stroke risk in women

Women don't need to run marathons or do intense aerobics to reduce their stroke risk. Moderate-intensity exercise - such as brisk walking or playing tennis -- may do the trick, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2014. [More]

Researchers evaluate trends in cause-specific long-term mortality post PCI

More people who have known coronary heart disease die from other causes — such as cancer, and lung and neurological diseases — than heart disease, compared with 20 years ago, according to a Mayo Clinic study published online today in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal. [More]
New study co-led by scientists sheds light on role of genes, blood lipid levels in cardiovascular health

New study co-led by scientists sheds light on role of genes, blood lipid levels in cardiovascular health

New genetic evidence strengthens the case that one well-known type of cholesterol is a likely suspect in causing heart disease, but also casts further doubt on the causal role played by another type. [More]

Researchers shed light on role of genes and blood lipid levels in cardiovascular health

New genetic evidence strengthens the case that one well-known type of cholesterol is a likely suspect in causing heart disease, but also casts further doubt on the causal role played by another type. The findings may guide the search for improved treatments for heart disease. [More]