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Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) patients needed far fewer apheresis treatments -- in many cases none at all -- when taking the PCSK9 inhibitor alirocumab (Praluent), researchers reported in the randomized ESCAPE trial. http://bit.ly/2bRaEpJ
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Implanting cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) in patients with systolic heart failure not due to coronary artery disease did not reduce all-cause mortality compared to usual, a finding that could change clinical practice. http://bit.ly/2bQpRaD
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The FDA recommended testing all blood and blood products for the Zika virus in the entire U.S. and all territories, according to new guidance from the agency. http://bit.ly/2bUUnj8
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Focused ultrasound thalamotomy produced short-term improvement in hand tremor in patients with essential tremor, researchers reported. http://bit.ly/2biX7dj
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The choice of culture media for nurturing embryos before implantation in assisted reproduction procedures had no major impact on live birth rates, but did affect pregnancy rates and birth weight in a Dutch randomized trial. http://bit.ly/2bjeU4l
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Heart disease remained the leading cause of death in America, according to government data, but demographic and geographic quirks thrust cancer to the top of the list for several subgroups of the U.S. population and in almost two dozen states. http://bit.ly/2bRmXSe
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The number of pediatricians reporting vaccine refusals increased significantly, with the most common reason given for that refusal is the belief that vaccines are unnecessary. http://bit.ly/2buGxaJ
Pediatricians say more parents are refusing to immunize kids
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Treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) did not reduce risk of recurrent coronary or cerebrovascular events, the randomized SAVE trial showed. http://bit.ly/2bQruVo
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Use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products has increased sharply among U.S. teens in recent years, but a large percentage appear to be using flavor-only, non-nicotine liquids when they vape, according to findings from a newly released survey. http://bit.ly/2bUAaK0
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Use of power morcellators in gynecologic procedures decreased significantly following an FDA warning but the cancer risk thought to be associated with the devices' use did not, a review of a national database showed. http://bit.ly/2bU198I
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For the second year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released detailed data on prescriptions written by individual physicians and other health care providers paid for under the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. http://bit.ly/2bS6Sff
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An infant born with microcephaly, but with an otherwise normal physical examination at birth, had evidence of the Zika virus in serum, saliva, and urine nearly 2 months after birth, a case report from Brazil found. http://bit.ly/2bfQl8a
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