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Drug Shows Early Promise for Advanced Lung Cancer

A new drug that boosts the immune system's cancer-fighting potential is showing early promise for some patients with advanced lung cancer. The drug, marketed as Keytruda, was recently approved in the United States for treating advanced melanoma, but is not yet approved for lung cancer. Still, experts were encouraged by preliminary findings reported...

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Aspirin May Help Ward Off Gastro Cancers, Study Finds

Taking aspirin regularly over several years may help prevent gastrointestinal cancers, a new study suggests. There was a 20 percent lower risk of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, especially in the colon and rectum, among people taking aspirin, said lead researcher Yin Cao, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health in...

Posted 2 days ago 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...

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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...

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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...

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Health Tip: Applying Artificial Nails

-- Some artificial nail kits contain toxic chemicals, so it's important to follow safety precautions when using and storing them. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Storing all at-home nail kits and products out of a child's reach. Applying artificial nails only in a well-ventilated room. Being careful not to get any chemicals on your...

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Higher Altitude States Have Fewer Kids With ADHD, Study Reveals

The thin air of America's higher-elevation regions may reduce the risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study suggests. Researchers reported that the occurrence of ADHD decreases substantially as altitude increases. For example, Utah has an average state elevation of 6,100 feet. That state's ADHD rate is half that of states...

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For Breast-Feeding Moms, Tips on Eating for Two

Eating healthy foods while you're breast-feeding will help you and your baby get the nutrients both of you need, experts say. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds new mothers that breast-feeding provides many health benefits for infants, including protection against infection and illness. It advises breast-feeding mothers...

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1 in 3 Teen Boys Sexually Assaulted Tries Suicide, Study Finds

Teen boys who have been a victim of sexual assault are likelier to attempt suicide, a new study says. University at Buffalo researchers analyzed data from more than 31,000 American teens, aged 14 to 18, who took part in surveys in 2009 and 2011. Among healthy-weight boys, 3.5 percent of those with no history of sexual assault attempted suicide within...

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Migraines Often Undiagnosed, Doctor Says

If you don't know whether or not your headache is just a headache, or if it's actually a migraine, you may be missing out on effective treatments, suggests an expert at the American Migraine Foundation. "Migraine is not just a headache, but a neurological disorder that has a wide variety of symptoms and specific treatments," foundation chair Dr. David...

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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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Drugs.com Adds Mayo Clinic Disease Reference

Drugs.com is pleased to announce it has licensed select content from Mayo Clinic to provide more timely and trustworthy medical condition and disease information. The articles include detailed information about medical diseases such as allergies, back pain, depression, erectile dysfunction, and type 2 diabetes. Each article includes informative sections which may include an overview, symptoms, when […]

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