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Merck Announces Data from Phase 3 Study for Odanacatib for Treatment of Osteoporosis

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Monday, September 15, 2014 -- Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced data from the pivotal Phase 3 fracture outcomes study for odanacatib in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Odanacatib is Merck’s investigational once-weekly cathepsin K inhibitor. In the Long-Term Odanacatib Fracture Trial...

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Health Highlights: Sept. 15, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: 1 in 3 Retired NFL Players Will Suffer Neurological Problems, Records Show One in three retired National Football League players will develop neurological problems, and those problems will develop at "notably younger ages" than is normal, numbers...

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Health Tip: Reduce Your Child's Risk of Ear Infection

-- Children seem particularly prone to ear infections, but there are things parents can do to help lower a child's risk. The U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders offers these ear infection-prevention tips: Make sure your child gets the annual flu vaccine. Have your child wash hands frequently. Do not expose your...

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Health Tip: Avoiding Computer Strain

-- If you aren't positioned correctly at the computer, you may be left with some serious strains, aches and pains. The University of Michigan University Health System suggests these tips to avoid computer strain: If you wear glasses, make sure they fit correctly so you don't need to tilt your head to keep them in place. Keep muscles relaxed while...

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Walking, Biking to Work Seems to Have Mental Health Benefits

Trading the gas pedal for foot power or bike power to get to your job can also improve your mental health, British researchers report. Daily commuters who stopping driving to work and started walking or riding a bike were under less stress and were able to concentrate better, the study showed. And the authors noted that using public transportation...

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Small Number of Drugs Behind Kids' Accidental Poisonings: CDC

A relatively small number of medications are responsible for sending thousands of young children to the hospital for accidental ingestion, a U.S. government study finds. Each year between 2007 and 2011, about 9,500 U.S. children younger than 6 years were hospitalized after getting a hold of family members' medication, according to the U.S. Centers...

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Heart Attack Patients Face Greater Death Risk if Any Treatment Step Missed: Study

People who've had a heart attack are at greater risk of death if even one of nine critical steps in their treatment is missed, according to a new study. Researchers in the United Kingdom noted patients who missed a part of their treatment early on, such as an electrocardiogram within hours of developing symptoms, were more likely to miss other steps...

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Kids Prescribed Antibiotics Twice as Often as Needed, Study Finds

Pediatricians prescribe antibiotics about twice as often as they're actually needed for children with ear and throat infections, a new study indicates. More than 11 million antibiotic prescriptions written each year for children and teens may be unnecessary, according to researchers from University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. This...

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Not Everyone With Alzheimer's-Linked Protein Develops Dementia: Study

The human brain may have a way to compensate for the build-up of a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. That could help explain why some older people who have beta-amyloid deposits do not develop dementia, California researchers report. "This study provides evidence that there is plasticity or compensation ability in the aging brain...

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Kids' Severe Respiratory Virus Confirmed in Northeast

The severe respiratory virus believed to have sickened hundreds of U.S. children in Midwestern and Western states has now spread to the Northeast, health officials report. The New York State Department of Health confirmed on Friday more than a dozen cases of infection with Enterovirus D68, which sometimes requires hospitalization, especially for children...

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Fox News Features Drugs.com Medication Guide app

Thanks to Fox News for showcasing the Drugs.com Medication Guide app today. Very much appreciated. Available in both the Apple App store and the Google Play store, this is a great app for ultra-quick research and/or keeping track of multiple meds. Check out the video at the link below… http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/07/13/drugscom-app-provides-medical-information-on-go/ And check out the apps here… http://www.drugs.com/apps/

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Heartbleed Update

Drugs.com utilizes the Akamai content delivery network to serve our website to end users. Akamai patched the announced Heartbleed vulnerability prior to its public announcement. Akamai, like all users of OpenSSL, could have exposed passwords or session cookies transiting our network from August 2012 through 4 April 2014. Their custom memory allocator protected against nearly […]

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Consumer Reports Gives the Thumbs Up to the Drugs.com Pill Identifier App

Consumer Reports just put out a review of seven pill identifier apps. Here’s a snippet… “We reviewed seven apps that can help identify the pills you take, and liked two of them a lot: Drugs.com Pill Identifier and Epocrates Pill ID. The others—CVS/Pharmacy Pill Identifier, iPharmacy Pill Identifier, Pill Finder, Prescription Pill Identifier, and ID […]

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