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Novartis aims to pump up cardio business with Ionis deal

Novartis will pay $150 million to Ionis Pharmaceuticals to license an RNA-targeting cardiovascular drug as the Swiss company aims to bolster its range of heart disease treatments that now includes the blockbuster Entresto.

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Push-up capacity may predict men’s heart disease risk

The number of push-ups a man can do in the doctor’s office may be a good predictor of his risk of developing heart disease in the coming years, new research suggests.

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Sanofi Unloads Programs to Acer Therapeutics and MyoKardia

Acer Therapeutics in-licensed the clinical-stage, selective, non-peptide tachykinin NK3 receptor antagonist osanetant from Sanofi. MyoKardia regained global rights to all the programs that the company had inked with Sanofi.

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AstraZeneca’s Farxiga curbs heart failure, kidney risks

The largest clinical trial so far to assess a new class of diabetes pills shows that AstraZeneca’s Farxiga can prevent heart failure and cut the risk of kidney problems in a broad range of patients.

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New drug options, risk factors added to U.S. heart guidelines

Updated U.S. guidelines on heart health advise more personalized assessment of risk as well as two newer types of cholesterol-lowering drugs for people at particularly high risk of heart attack or stroke.

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Tech breakthrough offers early warning system for heart attacks

A new method of analyzing images from CT scans can predict which patients are at risk of a heart attack years before occurrence, researchers say.

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Adults need a regular bedtime, too

Adults who have a regular bedtime are likely to weigh less than those who do not, to have lower blood sugar and to face a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to a U.S. study.

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Weight gain tied to heart risk in U.S. pro football players

Former U.S. National Football League (NFL) athletes who bulked up before and during their professional careers have an increased risk of heart disease and other health problems compared with other players, researchers say.

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Obamacare tied to fewer uninsured hospitalizations for heart disease, cancer

With increased access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), fewer uninsured patients have been hospitalized for serious heart conditions, a U.S. study suggests.

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Pfizer rare heart disease drug reduces risk of death by 30 percent in study

Pfizer Inc.’s tafamidis reduced the risk of death for patients with a rare and fatal heart disease by around 30 percent, boosting the prospects of what could be a billion-dollar-a-year drug.

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