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New Blood Thinner Beats Top Selling Heart Drug: NEJM
The New England Journal of Medicine reports that an experimental blood thinner,
prasugrel, reduced heart attacks in patients with heart disease by 24% compared to standard treatments. The new drug also increased the risk of severe bleeding, however, and quadrupled the risk of fatal bleeding, though the risk was relatively small, according to trial results.
Coffee to Fight Skin Cancer?
A study appearing in the European Journal of Cancer Research suggests that nonmelanoma skin cancer may be rarer in women who drink coffee. The long-term observational study revealed that post menopausal women who drank 6 cups of caffeinated coffee a day were 30% less likely to report nonmelanoma skin cancer than other women. Researchers said each daily cup of coffee was associated with a 5% drop in skin cancer risk.
Medicare Part D Modest in Aid
A new study published in Health Affairs reports that Medicare Part D increased the number of prescriptions used by seniors and reduced their out-of-pocket expense, but the plan failed to have the sweeping impact that some had hoped it would. The average reduction in daily cost of medications was estimated at about 18% and the number of prescriptions rose by 13%, with a total savings in prescription costs of only 6% to patients, the study found.
One Million Pounds of Beef Recalled
Cargill Inc. is recalling over 1 million pounds of ground beef distributed to 10 states that believed to be contaminated with the E. coli bacteria. The meat was produced between Oct. 8 and Oct 11 and distributed to several supermarkets, including Shot Rite, Stop & Shop, Wegmans, Giant and Weis in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts., Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. No illnesses have been reported in association with the product, according to the Dept. of Agriculture.
Onions Cut Heart Disease Risk
A team at the Institute of Food Research suggests that quercetin, a compound found in tea, onions, apples and red wine reduced early signs of heart disease. Researchers concentrated on the compound that enters the blood stream after quercetin is ingested, absorbed and metabolized and used them to treat cells taken from the lining of the blood vessels. They were shown to prevent the chronic inflammation, which can lead to thickening of the arteries.