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Targeted Drug Tagrisso Could Be Advance Against Lung Cancer

Targeted Drug Tagrisso Could Be Advance Against Lung CancerMONDAY, Feb. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The best treatment for a genetically driven form of lung cancer continues to show lasting benefits, a new clinical trial update shows.Tagrisso (osimertinib) nearly doubles disease-free survival in earlier-stage patients whose lung cancer is driven by a mutation in their EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) gene, researchers report.After four years of follow-up, disease-free survival was 73% in the Tagrisso group versus 38% in patients who received a placebo, updated results showed.Taken as a pill, the drug also cut patients’ cancer recurrence in half compared to placebo, 27% versus 60%. In addition, patients were less likely to develop cancers in other parts of the body.“One of the main benefits of this drug is that it has good brain...

What Is Coronary Heart Disease?

6 February 2023
What Is Coronary Heart Disease?MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- That seemingly sudden heart attack? It may have been triggered by underlying coronary heart disease. Heart attack is a big event, but for some it might be the first sign of a problem that has been building for quite some time.Coronary heart disease -- also known as coronary artery disease -- is the most common type of heart disease in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Doctors often use the terms coronary heart disease (CHD) and coronary artery disease (CAD) interchangeably, although CHD is really a result of CAD, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). “Coronary artery disease is preventable,” Dr. Johnny Lee, president of New York Heart Associates, said in a recent story about the...

AHA News: Indigenous Populations May Have Higher Stroke Risk

6 February 2023
AHA News: Indigenous Populations May Have Higher Stroke RiskMONDAY, Feb. 6, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- In highly developed countries, Indigenous populations may have a higher rate of stroke, according to new research that highlights a dire need for more data and well-designed studies.Each year, nearly 12 million people worldwide have a stroke, which takes place when a vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked by a clot or the vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain, causing brain cells to die. But little is known about stroke's impact on the estimated 370 million Indigenous people worldwide.Researchers reviewed data about the impact of stroke on Indigenous populations in countries ranking high on the Health Development Index, a guideline designed by the United Nations to measure economic wealth, education and life...

Hundreds of U.S. Doctors Lost Their Lives During Pandemic

6 February 2023
Hundreds of U.S. Doctors Lost Their Lives During PandemicMONDAY, Feb. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Many of America's doctors who were heroes on the frontlines of the pandemic paid the ultimate price for their efforts, a new analysis shows.An estimated 622 extra deaths occurred among U.S. doctors aged 45 and over from the pandemic's onset in March 2020 through December 2021, researchers say. Older doctors who provided direct care to patients battling COVID were at especially high risk.These excess deaths to physicians didn't subside until April 2021, soon after the introduction of COVID vaccines, concluded a team led by Mathew Kiang, an epidemiologist at Stanford University's School of Medicine in California. The findings were published Feb. 6 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.The only good news coming out of the new study: Despite the...

His Debilitating Back Pain Lasted Decades, Until a New Implant Changed Everything

6 February 2023
His Debilitating Back Pain Lasted Decades, Until a New Implant Changed EverythingMONDAY, Feb. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- After living with disabling low back pain for nearly 30 years, Dennis Bassett, 64, finally has a new lease on life.The Hempstead, N.Y., native injured his back in the 1980s when helping a friend. He tried everything to relieve his back pain, from self-medication, acupuncture, and chiropractor work to steroid injections, physical therapy and exercise.“My back only got worse,” recalled the retired real estate professional. “Some days, I could barely make it into the house and up my stairs.”But that was then. Everything changed a few months ago after his doctor suggested a new procedure that involves implanting a muscle-stimulating device called the ReActiv8 into his lower back to activate a dormant and withering core muscle. The U.S. Food...

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