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Recent developments in heart failure research
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Heart failure—the heart’s lack of ability to pump enough blood through the body—affects approximately 5 million Americans and is expected to increase by 10 percent each year as the population ages. Emerging research is helping clinicians gain a better understanding of which patients with heart failure (HF) are likely to respond to treatment, as well as the importance of evidence-based disease management practices. New findings into the role of genetics, the importance of non-pharmacologic intervention and the benefits of palliative care appear in the July 28, 2009, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which is dedicated to presenting the latest HF research.
Fda approves vaccine for 2009-2010 seasonal influenza
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has approved a vaccine for 2009-2010 seasonal influenza in the United States.

The seasonal influenza vaccine will not protect against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus that resulted in the declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 11, 2009.  The FDA continues to work with manufacturers, international partners and other government agencies to facilitate the availability of a safe and effective vaccine against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.

Fda reviewing safety information on asthma drug
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it is conducting a safety review of Xolair (omalizumab), a drug used to treat certain adults and adolescents with moderate-to-severe persistent asthma.

Evidence-based prevention is goal in suicide prevention
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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has announced that an interdisciplinary team of four research institutions will carry out the largest study of suicide and mental health among military personnel ever undertaken, with $50 million in funding from the U.S. Army. Study investigators aim to move quickly to identify risk and protective factors for suicide among soldiers and provide a science base for effective and practical interventions to reduce suicide rates and address associated mental health problems.
Tri-committee legislation statement
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Statement attributable to Jack Lewin, M.D., CEO of the American College of Cardiology on today’s introduction of “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009”


“This bill provides positive first steps toward physician payment reform and repealing the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Until we completely change the way the payment system is structured in this country we will never bend the cost curve of healthcare spending.

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