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Posted today in Pharma Industry News

Monthly News Roundup - August 2014

Belsomra: Merck’s First-in-Class Insomnia Treatment Approved The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the long-awaited Belsomra (suvorexant) tablets for difficulty in falling and staying asleep (insomnia). Belsomra, in a new class called orexin receptor antagonists, blocks the action of orexin, a chemical involved in the sleep-wake...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Take it Easy After Blood Donation

-- After giving blood, you need to let your body recover. The American Red Cross offers these suggestions: Drink extra fluids, but don't drink alcohol for 24 hours after the donation. You can remove the bandage from your arm within a few hours of the donation. Use soap and water to gently clean the area around the injection site. If the site starts...

Posted 2 days ago in Clinical Trials

Novartis' new heart failure medicine LCZ696 cut cardiovascular deaths by 20% vs. ACE-inhibitor in landmark PARADIGM-HF trial

Basel, August 30, 2014 - Today at the European Society of Cardiology congress and published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine, Novartis revealed that its investigational heart failure medicine, LCZ696, was superior to ACE-inhibitor enalapril on key endpoints in the largest heart failure study ever done[1],[6]. In PARADIGM-HF patients...

Posted today in Medical

Preterm or Small Birth Tied to Long-Term Risks to Heart, Brain

Babies born early or at low birth weight are at risk later in life of having smaller, less efficient brains or health problems that increase their risk for heart disease, according to a pair of new studies. But even though these children face potential lifetime disadvantages, researchers in both studies -- published online Sept. 1 in Pediatrics -- found...

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Train Your Brain to Choose Fruit Salad Over French Fries

You may be able to convince your brain that healthy foods taste better than unhealthy ones, new research suggests. The study included eight overweight and obese people who were enrolled in a newly designed weight-loss program meant to change how people react to different foods. These participants were compared to a control group of five overweight and...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Drug Gives 'New Hope' Against Heart Failure, Expert Says

In a head-to-head comparison, an experimental drug was more effective than standard treatment at preventing deaths and hospitalizations in heart failure patients. According to the study authors, the trial was stopped early because of the marked benefit of the new drug, dubbed LCZ696. In the trial, 26.5 percent of those getting the standard medication,...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Spaceflight Might Weaken Astronauts' Immune Systems

Astronauts may be at heightened risk of illness because space travel appears to disrupt human immune systems, a new study suggests. That could be a real problem on any long missions to asteroids, the moon and Mars undertaken in the future, because getting a cold or flu while in space can be dangerous, NASA researchers say. They found that the distribution...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Outdoor Enthusiasts Need a Lightning Plan

Those partaking in outdoor sports and activities need to be aware of the threat posed by lightning and take appropriate safety measures, experts say. Over the last decade, lightning killed an average of 42 people a year in the United States and caused about 10 times as many injuries. So far this year, there have been 19 reported lightning deaths, according...

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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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