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Patients underestimate risks, overestimate benefits of elective angioplasty

When it comes to electing to undergo angioplasty, many patients believe that the procedure to open up clogged blood vessels can prevent heart attacks and prolong their lives without any significant danger. According to Yale investigators, this is a misperception and patients need a better understanding of the potential risks and benefits from their health care providers well before they undergo the procedure.

Angioplasty is an invasive procedure in which a balloon is inflated inside a blood vessel, most often a coronary artery, to flatten any plaque that blocks flow through the vessel. A metal device called a stent is often inserted to help keep the artery open. It can relieve chest pain, but there is no definite evidence to date that it will lower the risk of a future heart attack. Moreover, angioplasty itself poses risks of inducing a heart attack or stroke, as well as hemorrhage and...

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Study knocks popular cough and cold medication ingredient off the market

A study by Yale investigators of phenylpropanolamine, or PPA, one of the most frequently used ingredients in many cough and cold medications, found that it leads to increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke in women. Men may also be at a lesser risk. The findings provoked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October to advise ending the marketing and distribution of PPA, prompting manufacturers to withdraw many of...

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Third of doctors don't practice what they preach

Public health experts decry health care conditions that result in 20 percent of the American population not getting...

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Shedding new light on depression

A Yale investigator and his Israeli colleagues have shown for the first time that the body has light receptors other...

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A molecular clue for detecting bladder cancer

Discovered three years ago, a gene called survivin holds promise as a diagnostic marker for bladder cancer, according...

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Radiation multiplies Salmonella's anti-tumor properties

Traditional radiation therapy, when combined with a genetically modified form of the deadly bacterium Salmonella, could...

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With chest pain, need for treatment can be a matter of perspective

Chest pain is not the same for everyone. It keeps some patients from enjoying daily activities. For others, despite...

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