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Excellent three year results of EndoStim therapy for severe reflux disease presented at the SAGES Annual Meeting in Nashville.

ST. LOUIS and NIJMEGEN, the Netherlands, May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — EndoStim, a medical device company developing lower esophageal sphincter (LES) stimulation therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) announced long-term, 3-year, positive safety and efficacy results. The results demonstrated an excellent control of reflux symptoms of both heartburn and regurgitation and the “gold-standard” esophageal acid […]

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200-Year-Old Heart Drug Linked To Increased Risk Of Death

For more than 200 years physicians have been trying to figure out how and when to use the heart drug digoxin.  Although it has a narrow therapeutic window and potentially dangerous interactions with other drugs, it is endorsed by current guidelines and widely given to patients with heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF). However, there […]

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Promising New Treatment Emerges For Deadly C. difficile Colitis

A new Phase 2 pilot study shows that giving spores of a non-toxic C. difficile bacteria by mouth is effective in stopping repeated bouts of C. diff infection, a major complication of hospitalization. While C. diff infections used to cause an unpleasant but generally benign illness with repeated bouts of diarrhea, there has been a […]

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Fructose May Make Us Crave High-Calorie Foods. But There’s A Bigger Issue.

Fructose has, in recent years, become almost another f-word to avoid using, as it’s been implicated in certain health concerns, from metabolic problems to impaired cognitive function. Now, a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that fructose may “make” the brain find high-calorie foods more appealing. In fact, so seductive are high-calorie foods […]

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Healthy relationships may prevent depression in child abuse survivors

(Reuters Health) – Child abuse survivors who find stable romantic relationships as adults may also find that these relationships help protect against depression, a study suggests. Researchers followed a group of 485 young adults in Rochester, New York, for 12 years to see how exposure to neglect or maltreatment during childhood would influence their ability […]

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Gene therapy takes step forward as GSK files for EU approval

(Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline said on Tuesday it had submitted a gene therapy for approval in Europe, becoming the first big drugmaker to seek marketing authorization for the technology to fix faulty genes. Reuters reported last week that the move was imminent. It marks the latest sign of a renaissance in gene therapy after some disastrous […]

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American Moms More Likely to Die Than Peers in Developed Countries: U.S. Slips to 33rd Spot in Save the Childrens Global Motherhood Ranking

FAIRFIELD, Conn., May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The United States continues its descent in the global rankings of best and worst places for moms, slipping to 33rd out of 179 surveyed countries, reveals Save the Children’s new report, “State of the World’s Mothers 2015: The Urban Disadvantage.” Norway rose to the top of the list, […]

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American Moms More Likely to Die Than Peers in Developed Countries: U.S. Slips to 33rd Spot in Save the Children Global Motherhood Ranking

FAIRFIELD, Conn., May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The United States continues its descent in the global rankings of best and worst places for moms, slipping to 33rd out of 179 surveyed countries, reveals Save the Children’s new report, “State of the World’s Mothers 2015: The Urban Disadvantage.” Norway rose to the top of the list, […]

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New screening method may identify more ovarian cancers

File photo of blood tests are pictured at the laboratory at the hospital of the Canton of Nidwalden in Stans, October 27, 2011. Reuters/Michael Buholzer <span class="articleLocation”>(Reuters Health) – A personalized method for interpreting blood tests identifies more ovarian cancer cases than a generalized approach, a new study suggests. Using an algorithm to analyze changes […]

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FDA rejects AcelRx’s request for meeting on pain drug device

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) logo at the lobby of its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Reuters/Jason Reed <span class="articleLocation”>(Reuters) – AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc said a division of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had rejected the company’s request for a meeting to discuss the need for […]

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