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Posted today in New Drug Applications

FDA Accepts for Priority Review the BLA for Empliciti (elotuzumab) for the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) and AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for priority review the Biologics License Application (BLA) for Empliciti (elotuzumab), an investigational Signaling Lymphocyte Activation Molecule (SLAMF7)-directed immunostimulatory antibody, for...

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Health Highlights: Sept. 1, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Pot Overtakes Cigarette Use Among U.S. College Students Regular use of marijuana is now more common among U.S. college students than cigarette use, a new study says. In 2014, nearly 6 percent of full-time students surveyed by researchers said they...

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Health Tip: Taking Antacids

-- Over-the-counter antacids are generally safe to help ease heartburn. But, there are some people who should check with their doctor before taking them. The American Academy of Family Physicians says you should get your doctor's OK if you: have kidney disease, are postmenopausal, have had a Clostridium difficile infection, are elderly, have...

Posted yesterday in Clinical Trials

OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Completes Enrollment of Phase 2 ALPINE Clinical Trial of Tarextumab in Pancreatic Cancer

OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:OMED), a clinical-stage company developing novel anti-cancer stem cell and immuno-oncology therapeutics, today announced that it has completed patient enrollment in its Phase 2 "ALPINE" clinical trial of tarextumab (anti-Notch2/3, OMP-59R5) for the treatment of pancreatic cancer more than eight months ahead of schedule....

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U.S. Smoking Rate Falls to 15 Percent: CDC

The U.S. smoking rate continues to decline, with just over 15 percent of adults reporting they're current smokers, a new government survey reveals. That's down from nearly 17 percent in 2014 and almost 18 percent in 2013. The falloff reflects a continued decline that started in 2010 after a decade of no progress against smoking, the U.S. Centers for...

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Health Tip: Coping With Mosquito Bites

-- Mosquito bites are itchy and annoying, and tough to ignore when they're virtually screaming "scratch me!" The Mayo Clinic recommends: applying calamine lotion, using hydrocortisone cream, applying an ice pack or cold compress, combating a more significant allergic reaction by taking an oral, over-the-counter antihistamine. ...

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Cutting Calories May Help You Fend Off Age-Linked Disease: Study

Want to enjoy a healthier old age? Try eating a little less each day. That's the suggestion from a new study led by researchers at the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA). The "results are quite intriguing," study co-author Dr. Evan Hadley, director of geriatrics and clinical gerontology at the NIA, said in an agency news release. "They show that...

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Day Care Won't Cause Aggressive Behavior in Child, Study Finds

Day care does not appear to lead to aggressive behavior in children, according to a new study based on Norwegian children. Parents worried about day care's effect on their kids should feel reassured by the findings, the researchers said. They interviewed the parents of nearly 1,000 children in Norway enrolled in day care when the youngsters were 6...

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Too Much Weight in Middle Age Tied to Earlier Alzheimer's

Avoiding middle-age spread could be one way to delay the onset of dementia, a new study hints. Researchers found that among 142 elderly adults with Alzheimer's disease, those who were overweight at age 50 tended to develop the memory-robbing disorder earlier. On average, the study participants were 83 years old when diagnosed with Alzheimer's. But...

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Cutting-Edge Genetic Tests May Improve Management of Autism

A pair of genetic tests could help parents and doctors better understand the numerous challenges that a child newly diagnosed with autism might face throughout life, a new study suggests. The tests tracked down genes that could explain the nature of a child's autism susceptibility in nearly 16 percent of cases, according to findings published Sept....

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Have you had a medication that you could not afford lately?

If you answered yes, you probably are not alone. The cost of certain prescriptions, like those for hepatitis C, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, have skyrocketed. Many of these special drugs cannot be accessed from a regular retail pharmacy. The patient must acquire the treatment from a “specialty pharmacy”, that may not even be in their […]

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Drugs.com Reaches 500,000 Facebook Likes

Drugs.com has topped the 500,000 likes mark on our Facebook page. A huge thank you to the half million dedicated fans who follow our page, like our articles and share our links. We appreciate every single one of you. It is our aim to keep you up-to-date on all things drug related through our daily […]

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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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