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Smoking, Heart, Surgery, risk, Angioplasty, Bypass

Most Smokers Continue to Light up after Heart Surgery

Almost three in five smokers who undergo surgery for heart disease continue to smoke after their procedure, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's 71st Annual Scientific Sessions.

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Heart, Valve, Disease, Fen Phen, Treatment, Guidelines, American, Heart

New Guidelines for Diagnosing and Treating Heart Valve Disease

The first comprehensive guidelines to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating the many diseases that can affect the valves of the heart were presented at the American Heart Association's 71st Scientific Sessions.

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Rapamycin, Cardiology, Rejection, Aorta, Transplant

New Drug Suppresses Delayed Rejection of Transplants

Organ transplants often fail because the body tries hard to oust the foreign tissue. Now, a Stanford scientist reports that an experimental drug halts and insidious form of organ rejection that until now has been impossible to treat.

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Osteoarthritis, Genetics, Genetics, Arthritis, hip, Rheumatology, Twins

Osteoarthritis of the Hip: Strong Genetic Link

Results of a twin study show that genetic factors have a substantial influence on the occurrence of osteoarthritis of the hip, researchers reported at the peer-reviewed American College of Rheumatology National Scientific Meeting Nov. 8-12 in San Diego, Calif.

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Estrogen, ERT, HRT, Osteoporosis, Prevention, Rheumatology, bone, Women

Many Women Lack Information About Estrogen Use

Two-thirds of women surveyed did not understand that estrogen replacement therapy is an important way to combat osteoporosis, researchers reported at the peer-reviewed American College of Rheumatology National Scientific Meeting Nov. 8-12 in San Diego, Calif.

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Acupuncture, Rheumatoid, Arthritis, Alternative, Treatment, Rheumatology, Placebo

Acupuncture Ineffective for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Acupuncture, an ancient East Asian therapy using needles to redirect channels of energy in the body, does not appear to be effective for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, researchers reported at the peer-reviewed American College of Rheumatology National Scientific Meeting Nov. 8-12 in San Diego, Calif.

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Epilepsy, Pediatric, Surgery, Treatment

Surgery Can Cure Some Severe Childhood Epilepsy

Some children and adolescents with epilepsy that cannot be controlled with medication should be candidates for surgery to remove or disconnect the parts of the brain where the epileptic seizures begin, say the authors of study in the November issue of the Annals of Neurology.

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Estorgen, Replacement, Therapy, Brain, Toxicity

Estrogen Replacement Therapy Appears Not to Harm Brain Cells in Primates

Researchers at The University of Arizona in Tucson report good news for the millions of women currently receiving hormone replacement therapy; continuous estrogen replacement therapy in primates does not seem to damage the cells of the brain that produce beta-endorphins.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis, Enbrel, Immunex, Wyeth Ayerst

ENBREL Receives FDA Approval for Rheumatoid Arthritis

ENBREL (etanercept) received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today, announced Immunex Corporation and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, a division of American Home Products Corporation.

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Osteoporosis Linked with Lung Disease in Men

Men with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) are more likely to develop osteoporosis particularly if they are treated with either inhaled or oral corticosteroids, according to a new report presented at CHEST 1998 being held in Toronto.







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