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Alzheimer's Drugs Fail, but Lessons are Learned

After the failure of two novel drugs using antibodies to fight the buildup of brain plaque in Alzheimer's patients, scientists said Wednesday they have learned lessons for the future.

The biologic drugs solanezumab, by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, and bapineuzumab, by Johnson and Johnson, made it to phase III trials and were taken by thousands of patients, according to a full report on the research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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2 Sisters Get Lung Transplants from Same Donor

They quibble, joke and share knowing looks, finishing each other's thoughts and making snide comments — like many sisters. But a recent heated argument was unlike any other they've had, and it ended in a most surprising way.

For months, 71-year-old Irma Myers-Santana and her younger sister, Anna Williamson, 69, had been debating who more urgently needed a lung transplant, each wanting the other to go first. Earlier this month, though, the sisters ended up in the same operating room, each getting one lung from the same donor in what doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital say is a first for their facility.

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Gates: Nigeria, Pakistan Could Delay Polio-Free Goal

Billionaire software baron turned philanthropist Bill Gates has warned that violence in Nigeria and Pakistan could set back his goal of eradicating polio by 2018.

Last year, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation -- a charity that funds medical research and vaccination drives -- made wiping out the crippling disease in the next six years its top priority.

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Study: In U.S., Not all Drugs are Reviewed Equally

Consumers may expect that medical treatments approved for the U.S. market are safe and thoroughly tested, but a study out Tuesday said that is not always the case.

Some drugs undergo more rigorous testing than others, while most are never compared to existing treatments to see if they are better or worse, said the study by researchers at Yale University.

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Higher Death Risk from After-Hours Heart Attack

Heart-attack patients admitted to hospital at night or on weekends run a five-percent higher risk of dying than those treated during regular hours, researchers said on Tuesday.

In the United States alone, this translates to an extra 6,000 deaths per year, they reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

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U.N. Warns of Surge in Haiti Cholera Deaths

A United Nations envoy warned Wednesday that cholera deaths in Haiti will surge and spread to other countries unless more funds are found to battle the epidemic.

More than 8,330 people have already died from cholera, that started in 2010 and many blame on U.N. peacekeepers based in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

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Sunlight Helps Blood Pressure Risk

Sunlight may help to reduce high blood pressure, a danger factor for heart attacks and stroke, a study published in a specialist journal said on Monday.

British researchers found exposure to sunlight alters the level of nitric oxide in the skin, dilating blood vessels and thus easing hypertension.

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Dozens of Nepal Doctors Resign in Strike over Medical Reforms

More than 100 Nepalese doctors resigned on Tuesday as part of an ongoing strike to push for reform of medical education, while hospitals and clinics remained closed for a third day, the doctors' association said.

Doctors were still providing emergency and intensive care but all other services have been halted indefinitely since Sunday, despite a court order for their immediate return to work.

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Vietnam Reports First Bird Flu Death in Nine Months

Vietnam has recorded its first death from bird flu in nine months, according to the country's Health Ministry, amid growing regional concerns over a potential resurgence of the deadly virus.

A 52-year-old man from southern Binh Phuoc province died Saturday after receiving treatment in Ho Chi Minh City, the ministry said in a statement issued late Monday.

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Music Helps Elderly Remember: Movie at Sundance

It won't cure dementia or Alzheimer's disease, but music can nevertheless help sufferers "wake up" their memories, reveals a moving documentary presented at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory," the debut feature film by Michael Rossato-Bennett, follows the efforts of one man to convince Americans of the benefits of music on people with dementia or Alzheimer's.

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