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Get a Flu Shot During Checkup, Doctor Says

As flu season approaches, the best way to stay healthy and avoid infection is to get a flu shot and a checkup, according to an infectious disease specialist. A primary care doctor can vaccinate people against the flu, and also address other health concerns or issues patients may have. Retail stores may provide flu shots for their customers, but they...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

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 FDA Alerts

Potassium Chloride Injection (Baxter): Recall - Shipping Carton Mislabeling

ISSUE: Baxter International Inc. announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Potassium Chloride Injection 10mEq per 100mL, product code 2B0826 (Lot # P318220, NDC # 0338-0709-48) to the hospital/pharmacy/nurse level. The recall is being initiated due to a labeling error on the shipping cartons in a single lot. Shipping cartons labeled for this specific...

Posted yesterday in Medical

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...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Losing Weight After Baby

-- When you're ready to get back in shape after baby is born, remember that slow and steady is the healthy way to go. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Give your body at least a month to recover from childbirth before you try to lose weight. Never skip meals. Focus on eating nutrient-rich, healthy foods -- rather...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

One Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections, Study Says

Just a single dose of a common antidepressant can quickly alter the way brain cells communicate with one another, early research suggests. The findings, reported online Sept. 18 in Current Biology, are a step toward better understanding the brain's response to widely prescribed antidepressants. Experts said the hope is to eventually be able to predict...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Grief Can Weigh on Immune System in Older Folks, Study Says

Older people become more physically vulnerable during bereavement, new research shows. That's because the balance of stress hormones during bereavement changes with age, British researchers say. As a result, older people who are grieving are more likely to have weakened immune systems and develop infections, the study found. "During the difficult...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Why Proteins Are Essential

-- Proteins are an essential part of your diet, but it's important to choose healthy, lean proteins to keep your body going strong. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says benefits of healthy proteins include: They're rich in nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, zinc and magnesium. Proteins are the building blocks for blood, muscles,...

Posted yesterday in Medical

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: 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,...

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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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