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Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Expands Approved Use of Opdivo (nivolumab) in Advanced Lung Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Opdivo (nivolumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer whose disease progressed during or after platinum-based chemotherapy. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with an estimated 221,200 new diagnoses and 158,040 deaths in 2015....

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Health Tip: Get Involved in Your Child's Internet Use

-- An involved parent can help keep a child safe while he or she uses the Internet. The University of Michigan Health System says parents should: Take action to protect a child's online privacy. Place the computer in a visible, common area instead of the child's bedroom. Create a shared email account, so you can monitor emails sent and received. Surf...

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Health Highlights: Oct. 9, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Organic Cheese Recalled by Whole Foods Market Possible listeria contamination has led to the recall of all cut, wrapped and weighed Papillon organic Roquefort cheese sold at Whole Foods Market stores across the United States. Listeria infection (listeriosis)...

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FDA Approves Aristada (aripiprazole lauroxil) for Schizophrenia

On October 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Aristada (aripiprazole lauroxil) extended release injection to treat adults with schizophrenia. Aristada is administered by a health care professional every four to six weeks using an injection in the arm or buttocks. Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder affecting...

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Health Tip: When You Get a Cut

-- Most minor cuts can be cared for at home, but there are times when a cut needs a doctor's attention. The American Academy of Family Physicians says potential warning signs include a cut that: Has dirt inside that you can't remove. Bleeds excessively, meaning it soaks a bandage in less than 20 minutes, spurts blood or still bleeds despite 20...

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Dying at Home Brings More Peace Without More Pain, Study Finds

The choice to die at home, rather than in a hospital, provides great comfort to both the patient and their loved ones, a new British study says. People who die at home experience more peace in their final days and hours than they would in a hospital, with no greater pain, according to findings published Oct. 8 in the journal BMC Medicine. Further,...

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Frequent School Changes Linked to Poorer Performance

Frequently changing schools can hurt the math grades, behavior and attention of low-income children, researchers say. A Chicago-based study found that low-income kids who remained in the same school for five years had better thinking skills and superior performance in math compared to those who moved a lot. "Simply stated, frequently changing schools...

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Weight, Growth Early in Life May Affect Adult Brain

Birth weight and growth during childhood could affect hearing, vision, thinking and memory later in life, a new study suggests. "Sensory problems and illness such as dementia are an increasing problem, but these findings suggest that issues begin to develop right from early life," said the study's leader, Dr. Piers Dawes. He is a lecturer in audiology...

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Many Americans Traveling Abroad Lack Key Vaccinations: Study

Many Americans traveling overseas are not immunized against highly contagious diseases, new research shows. Outbreaks of certain infections -- such as measles and hepatitis A -- could be prevented if more U.S. travelers got the recommended vaccinations, the study authors said. "Americans planning international travel should see their health care providers...

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Infections, Not Clumsiness, Cause Many Falls

People arriving at the emergency room for a fall may be there due to an underlying infection rather than clumsiness, a new study suggests. Infection-related falls usually affect older people but can happen to anyone, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital warn. "Over the years I've been struck by the fact that some of the more serious infections...

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The Search for an Affordable Drug: 3 Practices To Outlaw

It may come as a surprise that as a pharmacist I am as mad as anyone about the ongoing trend of prescription drug price gouging. The real tragedy is that this gouging is often occurring with older prescription drugs for rare diseases that have limited manufacturer availability. It’s not that they can’t be made inexpensively; […]

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Have you had a medication that you could not afford lately?

If you answered yes, you probably are not alone. The cost of certain prescriptions, like those for hepatitis C, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, have skyrocketed. Many of these special drugs cannot be accessed from a regular retail pharmacy. The patient must acquire the treatment from a “specialty pharmacy”, that may not even be in their […]

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