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Health Tip: After You Finish a Marathon

-- You've just finished a grueling 26-mile race and your body aches all over. What should you do? The American Council on Exercise offers this advice: Take five-to-10 minutes to cool down. Change clothes right away, so you stay dry and warm. Perform gentle stretches. Ice sore muscles and joints. Treat yourself to a gentle massage. Rest and let...

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Health Tip: Teach Kids to Protect Themselves

-- Every child will face danger in his or her life, and it's up to parents to equip children with the tools needed to minimize the chances of harm. The National Crime Prevention Council offers this advice: Make sure your child always knows how to contact you. Set a rule that your child must ask permission before going anywhere without you. Talk...

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Gadolinium-based Contrast Agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Drug Safety Communication - FDA Evaluating the Risk of Brain Deposits With Repeated Use

ISSUE: FDA is investigating the risk of brain deposits following repeated use of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Recent publications in the medical literature have reported that deposits of GBCAs remain in the brains of some patients who undergo four or more contrast MRI scans, long after the last administration....

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Health Highlights: July 29, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Larger U.S. Health Care Spending Increases Expected in Coming Years The recent slowdown in U.S. health care spending increases is coming to an end, according to projections released Tuesday by federal government actuaries. Health spending will grow...

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Taking St. John's Wort for Depression Carries Risks: Study

St. John's wort is a popular herbal therapy for depression, but a new Australian study highlights the fact that "natural" does not always equal "safe." Using reports filed with Australia's drug safety agency, the researchers found that adverse reactions to St. John's wort were similar to those reported for the antidepressant fluoxetine -- better known...

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FDA Approves 'Belly Balloon' Device for Weight Loss

Obese Americans struggling to shed pounds have a new weight-loss option: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a temporary, implanted balloon device to treat obesity. The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Dual Balloon) works by taking up space in the stomach and causing a feeling of being full. People would typically...

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U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Led by the American Medical Association, a group of 27 major U.S. medical organizations are banding together to tackle the continuing epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse. "We have joined together as part of this special Task Force because we collectively believe that it is our responsibility to work together to provide a clear road map that will...

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Certain Antibiotics Linked to Hearing Loss, Mouse Study Finds

A certain class of antibiotics used to treat deadly bacterial infections puts patients at high risk for hearing loss, research in mice suggests. Newborns with life-threatening infections are often given these antibiotics, the researchers said. Investigators focused on aminoglycoside antibiotics, which doctors rely on to treat meningitis, bacteremia,...

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Autism Care Costs Could Hit $500 Billion by 2025: Study

The annual cost of caring for Americans with autism might reach $500 billion by 2025, a new study estimates, with outside estimates approaching $1 trillion. Health economists at the University of California, Davis, analyzed national data and concluded that costs will range from $162 billion to $367 billion in 2015, with $268 billion being their best...

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Social Life May Be Key to Suicide Prevention for Women

Middle-aged women with a solid social life face a significantly lower risk for suicide than those who live in relative isolation, new research suggests. Moreover, friendships and outside activities were found to offer protection against suicide even for women who struggled with mental health issues, such as depression. "Suicide is one of the leading...

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Drug Shortages: Has the FDA Response Made an Impact?

Rationing of much needed medications for patients is a scary thought for me as a healthcare professional. I can understand when an orphan drug may go in short supply for a rare disease, but when commonly used medications like antibiotics and intravenous fluids become scarce, I wonder what the forces are that cause this to […]

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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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