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US Proposal Would Greatly Expand Transparency Of Clinical Trials

The US Department of Health and Human Services today proposed new rules that would greatly expand the number of clinical trials that companies and researchers are required to report. 11 more words

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IMPROVE-IT Meets Endpoint And Demonstrates Real But Modest Clinical Benefit For Ezetimibe

After all the waiting and all the controversy it turned out to be pretty simple. The IMPROVE-IT trial did what it set out to do and reached its primary endpoint. 115 more words

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At the American Heart Association Meeting You Really Can't Escape The New Cholesterol Drugs

There’s no escaping them. At the American Heart Association in Chicago going on right now Amgen and Sanofi/Regeneron, which are developing competing cholesterol lowering drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors, have mounted a full scale attack to capture the eyeballs and the brains of cardiologists and any other innocent bystanders who happen to be at the McCormick convention center. 10 more words

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IMPROVE-IT Trial Paper Won't Be Published Right Away In The New England Journal Of Medicine

The presentation of the eagerly awaited IMPROVE-IT trial, scheduled for Monday at the American Heart Association meeting, won’t be accompanied by a simultaneous publication in the  34 more words

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What You Need To Know About IMPROVE-IT

The IMPROVE-IT trial will be big news when its results are finally presented on November 17 during the annual meeting of the American Heart Association. The results of the trial–underway for nearly a decade– have been long and eagerly awaited by everyone interested in cardiovascular medicine.   89 more words

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Grad Student Invents Flying Ambulance Drone To Deliver Emergency Shocks

Drones have been used to kill people in war zones and to spy on people. Now a sharp young  graduate student in the Netherlands has come up with an innovative new use for drones that could one day help save thousands of lives. 16 more words

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Ebola, Natural Cures, And Panic: A Rant

I try to stick to writing about cardiovascular topics but it’s been hard to avoid thinking about ebola in recent weeks. Trying to take a break from the ebola insanity yesterday I turned to Facebook to find some cute cat videos. 64 more words

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