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Posted today in Medical

Women With Grandkids May Leave Workforce Sooner

Women with grandchildren are more likely to retire early, according to a new study. Researchers looked at more than 47,000 retirement-age women in the United States. They found that those with grandchildren were 9 percent more likely to retire early, presumably to care for the youngsters. That's about the same percentage who retire early due to health...

Posted today in Medical

Safety Tips Hot Off the Grill

This barbecue season, make sure the only thing at risk of getting burned is the food. Protect yourself with an apron and mitts, and pay attention to your surroundings, a doctor advises. "The primary type of burn you get around the grill is a thermal burn caused by heat or fire from the grill itself. Extreme heat can be toxic to the skin, lead to inflammation,...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Corlanor (ivabradine) to Treat Heart Failure

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Corlanor (ivabradine) to reduce hospitalization from worsening heart failure. Corlanor is approved for use in certain people who have long-lasting (chronic) heart failure caused by the lower-left part of their heart not contracting well. The drug is indicated for patients who have symptoms of heart...

Posted yesterday in FDA Alerts

Flurbiprofen-Containing Topical Pain Medications: FDA Alert - Illnesses and Deaths in Pets Exposed to Prescription Topical Pain Medication

[Posted 04/17/2015] ISSUE: FDA is alerting pet owners, veterinarians, health care providers and pharmacists that pets are at risk of illness and death when exposed to topical pain medications containing the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flurbiprofen. People using these medications should use care when applying them in a household with...

Posted yesterday in Medical

More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9/11 Responders

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers who came to the rescue at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, have some of the same chronic health problems that their colleagues in the police and fire departments do, a new study finds. When tracked over 12 years following the attacks, EMS 9/11 responders were seven times more likely...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Health Highlights: April 17, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Doctors Want Dr. Oz Removed From Columbia University Faculty TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz has not been removed from his faculty position at Columbia University despite pressure from a group of top doctors. In a letter sent to the university earlier...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Health Tip: Cut Down on Stress

-- Stress can have a major impact on your physical and mental health. But there are things you can do to help alleviate stress in your day-to-day life. The Cleveland Clinic recommends: Quitting smoking, drinking reasonably and eating a sensible diet. Learning and practicing techniques of self-control. Getting regular exercise. Taking responsibility...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Measure Your Child's Height and Weight Correctly

-- To correctly calculate your child's body-mass index (BMI), you'll need accurate height and weight measurements. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these guidelines: Remove shoes, hair accessories and any heavy clothing that could affect the measurement. Have the child stand on a flat, uncarpeted floor against a flat wall. Have...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Too Much Alcohol Can Affect Muscle Mass

-- If you're working out regularly and trying to bulk up, drinking too much alcohol may hinder your efforts. The American Council on Exercise says excessive drinking can: Cause muscles to weaken because of reduced blood flow. Affect hormone levels, particularly testosterone, which can lead to retaining fluids and fat. Affect the liver, resulting...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Americans Get Too Many Tests Before Cataract Surgery, Study Finds

Older Americans get a lot of unnecessary tests before they undergo cataract surgery, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings highlight an area of wasteful health care spending. Plus, they said, there is a risk for harm if the tests pick up a mild abnormality that prompts further tests, then turns out to be nothing. Cataracts are protein clumps...

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Harnessing the Power of the Poliovirus as a Cancer Cure

Polio, a highly infectious and crippling disease, was certainly one of the most feared viruses in the 20th century. Each year, thousands of children were left paralyzed. Polio has been successfully eliminated in the U.S. for decades due to a widespread vaccine program. So why would a group of researchers be interested in injecting the […]

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Biosimilars in 2015: What Can We Expect?

On Friday, March 6th, 2015 the FDA approved Sandoz’s Zarxio, the first official biosimilar that will be made available in the U.S. Zarxio, a recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor used to boost white blood cells after cancer treatments, is the long-awaited biosimilar for filgrastim (Amgen’s Neupogen). The FDA noted in their briefs that Zarxio was “highly […]

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