Stent Maker Stocks On Watch, Amgen Study Published: Healthcare Business Update

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Stocks of stent makers, such as Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), and Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) could be on watch following a five-year study which indicated that bypass surgery is more effective than drug-coated stents in preventing heart attacks and deaths in diabetics with more than one diseased artery. However, bypass patients suffered more strokes.

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Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) reports that Phase 2 studies of its investigational antibody AMG 145, in combination with statin therapy, resulted in a 56 percent reduction in low density lipoprotein cholesterol, which is called the “bad” cholesterol, in patients suffering from heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. This study has been published in Circulation and presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2012.

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