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Statins May Cut Recovery Time For Heart Surgery Patients
Heart surgery patients may be able to cut their recovery time if they take statins. The popular medication is usually prescribed to reduce high cholesterol but researchers are now investigating how it could be used to improve other conditions. A team of researchers in Dublin, Ireland analyzed data from 20 previous studies and found heart patients who took statins after surgery could reduce the time it took for their incisions to heal from nearly 19 days to 13 days on average.
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Scientist Make Transparent Organs
Researchers in California say they have developed a new way to treat cancer and other diseases. Scientists at Caltech in Pasadena devised a method to make animal organs transparent, with the hopes of better understanding how diseases cause damage. They say the process is tedious, but the potential of the discovery is exciting.
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Anxiety and Sleep Meds May lead To Alzheimer's
Those who take anxiety and insomnia medications may be more at risk for Alzheimer's. A new study published by the British Medial Journal revealed that Alzheimer's was 51% more common in older adults who took drugs like Xanax, Ativan and Valium. Drugs used to treat anxiety and sleep deprivation contain benzodiazepine, a psychoactive drug, but researchers did not prove a direct cause-and-effect link between the drug and dementia. 
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URC Students Invent Diaper Pad That Detects Infection
A team of Southern California college students is touting an invention they say could save lives. The U.C. Riverside students from Bourns College of Engineering have created a pad that you insert into your child's diaper. The group says that pad can detect bacterial infections, dehydration and other issues with infants and give early warning to parents that their children should go to the doctor. It operates like a home pregnancy test with chemical indicators that change color. The team's "Diaper Detective" recently won third prize at a national engineering design contest. The students have decided to patent the concept and are now working on ways to try and sell it.
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FDA Approves New Cancer Drug
The Food and Drug Administration is approving a new cancer drug that uses the body's immune system to fight the disease. The FDA on Thursday approved the drug for advanced melanoma patients who have exhausted other treatments. the drug was developed by Merck, which will sell it under the name Keytruda. Treatments are expensive. Merck says the drug is given every three weeks at a cost of more than 12 - thousand dollars each month.
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Hundreds of Kids Sick with Mysterious Virus
Kids with asthma are being hard hit by a mysterious respiratory illness. The CDC says it's been contacted by ten states about outbreaks of the virus. Health officials suspect the kids are being sickened by a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68, which brings on symptoms like a very bad cold. The ten states that have contacted the CDC for support are: Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Georgia and North Carolina.
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