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Healthy Holiday Substitutions Can Help Your Heart

One way to serve up a heart-healthy Thanksgiving dinner is to use healthy substitutions in traditional recipes, the American Heart Association advises. Bakers, for example, can use equal parts cinnamon-flavored, no-sugar added applesauce instead of butter; low-calorie sugar substitute instead of sugar; and low-fat or skim milk instead of whole or heavy...

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Turkey Day Touch Football Might Lead to Ankle Injuries

Touch football is an important Thanksgiving tradition for many Americans, but more than 25,000 people will suffer a serious ankle injury during those games, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) says. If you're among those who gets a Turkey Day ankle injury, proper treatment is essential. Otherwise, you could develop long-term ankle...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Opdivo to Treat Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Opdivo (nivolumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer, who have received a certain type of prior therapy. “Opdivo provides an important therapy option for patients with renal cell carcinoma,” said Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Portrazza (necitumumab) for Advanced Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Portrazza (necitumumab) in combination with two forms of chemotherapy to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have not previously received medication specifically for treating their advanced lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer...

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Too Much Sitting Hurts Heart Patients' Health

Even with regular exercise, people with heart disease who sit too much have worse health than those who sit less, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked too much sitting with an increased risk of heart disease. But the authors of this study say it's the first to examine the impact of too much sitting on people who already have heart disease. The...

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Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem

Every Thanksgiving, lots of people loosen their belts and reach for antacids to quell an overstuffed tummy. But for some, turkey day is just another day of severe or persistent heartburn, and that chronic digestive trouble may be a sign of a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), an expert says. In GERD, the contents of the stomach...

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Health Tip: Keeping Anger in Check

-- Everyone gets angry, but not everyone knows how to express anger in a healthier way. The Mayo Clinic suggests: Avoid violent reactions. It's OK to express anger, but do so in a calm, rational manner. Use anger in more positive and constructive ways. Use caution when limiting anger. Avoid internalizing it and getting angry at yourself or acting out...

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Health Tip: Learn About Processed Foods

-- Not all processed foods are unhealthy, experts say. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice: Foods range from minimally to heavily processed. Minimally processed foods include cut and bagged vegetables, canned tuna or roasted nuts. These are generally healthier than heavily processed foods, such as microwavable dinners. Some processed...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Drug Helps Those With Tough-to-Treat Schizophrenia: Study

The drug clozapine reduces symptoms in schizophrenia patients who don't benefit from other antipsychotic medications, a new study indicates. The finding, culled from an analysis of Medicaid data on more than 6,200 patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia, was published recently in the American Journal of Psychiatry. "These results give clinicians...

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New Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes Shows Early Promise

A new form of treatment for type 1 diabetes that's based on the immune system appears safe for patients in an early trial. However, only a larger trial will show if the treatment -- which uses immune cells called regulatory T cells (Tregs) -- is effective against the illness, researchers said. If the therapy does work out, it "could be a game-changer,"...

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The Search for an Affordable Drug: 3 Practices To Outlaw

It may come as a surprise that as a pharmacist I am as mad as anyone about the ongoing trend of prescription drug price gouging. The real tragedy is that this gouging is often occurring with older prescription drugs for rare diseases that have limited manufacturer availability. It’s not that they can’t be made inexpensively; […]

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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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