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Failed Merck Drug Reveals Dangers Of Niacin-Based Heart Drugs
2013-03-10 07:32:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Trials of a failed Merck-developed, niacin-based drug designed to raise “good” cholesterol levels revealed serious side effects, raising red flags about the potential future use of such medications. The drug in question, Tredaptive, was a combination of extended-release niacin and laropiprant, an experimental substance designed to help prevent facial flushing typically caused by the vitamin B derivative. The drug was...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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