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Health Highlights: Sept. 19, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Doctor Admits to Fraudulent Cancer Treatment A Michigan cancer doctor who admitted putting patients through unnecessary chemotherapy treatments and bilking health insurers pleaded guilty to fraud Tuesday. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said she...

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Health Tip: Beware of Household Chemicals

-- Many common household items are dangerous if children get to them, so it's important to know where the danger lies and to keep such items securely stored. The Cleveland Clinic mentions these potentially dangerous household products: Laundry detergents, which may be toxic or irritate the skin and eyes. Disinfectants and other all-purpose cleaners. Bleach,...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Movantik (naloxegol) for Opioid-Induced Constipation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Movantik (naloxegol), an oral treatment for opioid-induced constipation in adults with chronic non-cancer pain. Opioids are a class of drugs that are used to treat and manage pain. A common side effect associated with the use of these drugs are that they reduce the gastrointestinal tract’s motility,...

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FDA Approves Trulicity (dulaglutide) for Type 2 Diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Trulicity (dulaglutide), a once-weekly subcutaneous injection to improve glycemic control (blood sugar levels), along with diet and exercise, in adults with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects about 26 million people and accounts for more than 90 percent of diabetes cases diagnosed in the...

Posted 3 days ago in Clinical Trials

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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Oral Health in Women of Childbearing Age Needs Improvement

Women of childbearing age in the United States should be encouraged to maintain better oral care and visit the dentist routinely, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers found young pregnant women, those who are non-Hispanic black or Mexican-American, as well as those with lower income and less...

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Health Tip: Getting More Whole Grains

-- Whole grains are nutrient-rich foods that are full of fiber to help you feel full. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests ways to work more whole grains into your diet: Include a whole grain food for breakfast, such as whole-grain toast, oatmeal or cereal. When shopping, choose whole-grain options of tortillas, buns, bread, bagels and...

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More Schools Stocking Shots That Counter Serious Allergic Reactions

More states are passing legislation permitting or requiring schools to stock the medication epinephrine to use for any child having a severe allergic reaction. Epinephrine auto-injectors are the primary treatment for "anaphylaxis," an allergic reaction that can lead to throat swelling, breathing difficulties, a steep drop in blood pressure and even...

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Adults Over 45 Not Meeting U.S. Muscle Strengthening Guidelines, Study Says

Although there is mounting evidence that muscle-strength training provides key health benefits, most middle-aged and older adults in the United States don't engage in this type of exercise, according to new research. Less than one-quarter of adults over 45 meet the muscle-strengthening recommendations set by the Department of Health and Human Services,...

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FDA Approves Trulicity - Another Weekly Injectable Drug for Type 2 Diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new type 2 diabetes drug, Trulicity, on Thursday. Trulicity is part of a class of once-a-week injectable drugs that help manage blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. "Trulicity is a new treatment option, which can be used alone or added to existing treatment regimens to control blood sugar...

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Recently added consumer and prescribing information: Trulicity, Movantik, Contrave, Keytruda, Kabiven, Triumeq, Arnuity Ellipta, Cerdelga, Jardiance, Plegridy

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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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