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Idhifa Approved for Some With Acute Myeloid Leukemia

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Idhifa (enasidenib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with a specific genetic mutation that leads to relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The mutation in the IDH2 gene can be diagnosed with a newly approved …

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Do Your Pearly Whites Sometimes Cause You Pain?

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Do you feel a sharp pain when you eat or drink something cold or hot? You may have sensitive teeth, a common problem caused by a number of factors. Gum recession is the most common cause. When the gum starts to recede, the …

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Novel Procedure Improves Kidney Transplant Success

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A new treatment might open the door for more patients with advanced kidney disease to get a transplant, a preliminary study suggests. Of the 100,000-plus Americans waiting for a donor kidney, about one-third are “sensitized,” said Dr. Robert Montgomery, director of the Transplant …

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Massive Dinosaur With Armor Had Camouflage, Scientists Say

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Canadian scientists are hailing a newly identified type of armored dinosaur that had camouflage to defend against predators. The well-preserved, 110-million-year-old specimen, called Borealopelta markmitchelli, is a type of nodosaur, researchers said. Despite being the “dinosaur equivalent of a tank,” the 18-foot-long, more …

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Geneticists Repair Mutation in Human Embryo

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — In a first-ever experiment, geneticists have successfully modified a human embryo to remove a mutation that causes a life-threatening heart condition. This is the first study to demonstrate that a gene-editing technique can be used in human embryos to convert mutant genes back …

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New Treatment Approved for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The combination chemotherapy drug Vyxeos (daunorubicin and cytarabine) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first treatment for certain high-risk types of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AML is an aggressive blood cancer that forms in the bone marrow. …

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2 of 3 U.S. Patients Keep Unused Painkillers After Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Surgery patients are usually prescribed opioids to ease postoperative pain, but more than two-thirds end up with leftover narcotics and don’t get rid of them, according to a new report. Moreover, most patients who have the extra opioid pills don’t lock them away, …

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Drug for Kidney Disease Tied to Infection Risk

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A drug used for some cases of kidney disease can raise the risk of serious infections, researchers say. A clinical trial was stopped early when researchers discovered that patients on the drug — a corticosteroid called methylprednisolone — suffered a concerning number of …

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Rich, Well

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The Mediterranean diet — rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts and whole grains — has long been hailed as a heart-healthy eating plan. But new research suggests its health benefits may be limited to the rich and well-educated. For the study, …

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