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Dakota Datebook:Finding Fen-Phen


July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019 — It was on this date in 1997 that CNN broke the news that the miracle combination of diet drugs known as fen-phen was causing leakage in users’ heart valves. What many don’t know is that the first person to figure it out was a cardiac sonographer at Fargo’s MeritCare named Pam Ruff.

According to an article for Science News, Ruff noted two unusual echo-cardiograms in December 1994. Among the heart-structure images she created, she found leaky valves for two relatively young women– a disorder that was rare for anyone under the age of 50. She also noted that both women...

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