Toni Braxton’s Microvascular Angina: Questions and Answers

Many music fans and TV watchers were surprised to learn that 40-year-old singer Toni Braxton, a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars,” has a heart condition called microvascular angina. What exactly is this condition, how common is it, and what is the prognosis for sufferers like Braxton? WebMD has a good Q&A article on Toni Braxton’s microvascular angina, which is also known as cardiac syndrome

“Dry Drowning” a New Summertime Worry for Parents

Last week parents got a new hazard that may befall their children this summer: a little-known phenomenon called dry drowning. The condition burst onto the public’s mind recently when it was reported that a 10-year-old South Carolina died more than an hour after being in a swimming pool

Vytorin and Zetia: Answers for Consumers

A new study shows that the much prescribed cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin doesn’t slow the buildup of plaque in arteries any more than do cheaper statin drugs. This is the latest study sure to sow confusion among consumers taking these drugs, and their doctors, along with the Vioxx controversy and other recent episodes concerning pain drugs

Natasha Richardson’s Ski Accident: Just How Bad is Her Head Injury?

Tony-winning actress Natasha Richardson suffered a head injury the other day while skiing in Canada, but it’s unclear just how severe her condition is. Reports are that the 45-year-old actress fell down during a beginner’s lesson and originally felt fine, but then started feeling ill an hour or so later and was taken to a nearby hospital

Peanut Butter Recall: Troubles Continue as Number of Products Grows

The peanut butter recall is growing, and it’s unclear how far it will go. U.S. News and World Report notes that more companies are pulling products off the shelves, from cookies to candies. This comes after the FDA warned on Saturday that consumers should avoid products that contain peanut butter or peanut butter paste while the investigation into salmonella contamination continues. (It should be noted that no jars of peanut

Merck to Buy Schering-Plough

Drug makers Merck and Schering-Plough have announced that they will merge in a $41 billion deal made up of cash and stock. The merger of the two New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giants comes just a month and a half after news of another blockbuster merger between Pfizer and Wyeth. The merged company will keep the Merck name

Tim Russert Dies of Coronary Thrombosis – What Is It?

[UPDATED] TV newsman Tim Russert died today of what his doctor has said was a coronary thrombosis (it was originally reported as a coronary embolism)… so what is a coronary thrombosis

DASH Diet Can Cut Strokes, Cardiovascular Disease

Eating a low-fat diet full of fruits and vegetables is not only good for the heart and for high blood pressure, it can also decrease women’s likelihood of having a heart attack and stroke

Klinefelter Syndrome: Men with an Extra X Chromosome

In normal male development, there is one X chromosome and one Y chromosome. But in the rare disorder called Klinefelter syndrome, patients have an extra X chromosome or part of one in most cells of the body (which is why the disorder is also called XXY condition)

Google Helps You Find Flu Shots & Tracks Flu Trends

With the word out today that the swine flu has claimed nearly 4,000 lives in the U.S., the good news is that search giant Google is using its algorithms and technology to assist in the effort to combat the illness

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