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Routine Screening for Child Abuse Might Spot More Cases: Study

The early signs of child abuse among infants and toddlers -- head trauma, cracked ribs or abdominal injuries -- are often missed, and that may be due in part to a lack of standardized screening, researchers report. "We probably need to increase testing for abusive injuries, but these data are less about an increase or decrease and more about consistency,"...

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Flu Vaccine May Also Protect Against Pneumonia

Getting a flu shot may protect you not only from flu, but also from pneumonia, the leading cause of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, a new study suggests. Most children and adults hospitalized for flu-related pneumonia haven't had a flu shot, the researchers said. "Influenza vaccine can substantially reduce the risk of hospitalizations for...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval for Keytruda (pembrolizumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has progressed after other treatments and with tumors that express a protein called PD-L1. Keytruda is approved for use with a companion diagnostic, the PD-L1...

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FDA Approves New Treatment Combination of Gilead’s Letairis with Tadalafil for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (WHO Group 1)

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 2, 2015-- Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:GILD) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Letairis (ambrisentan) in combination with tadalafil for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) (WHO Group 1) to reduce the risks of disease progression and hospitalization for worsening...

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Some Blood Pressure Drugs May Be Risky for Certain Surgery Patients

Some people on blood pressure drugs called beta blockers may face heightened risks of heart complications during non-cardiac surgeries, a new, large study suggests. The research involved over 55,000 surgery patients who were on various drugs to treat high blood pressure. The investigators found that those on beta blockers had a higher risk of heart...

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Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Seems Good for Teen Hearts: Study

Could just a few minutes of intense exercise three times a week reduce teens' risk of potential heart problems? That's the suggestion of a small study by British researchers. "We know that activity levels drop significantly as children reach adolescence, and so far attempts to increase this to an hour a day have proved fruitless. This study indicates...

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FDA Orders Studies on Contaminated Endoscopes Tied to Illness Outbreaks

Recent outbreaks of life-threatening infections linked to endoscopic devices called duodenoscopes led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday to order manufacturers to conduct postmarket studies of the devices in health care facilities. The goal is to learn more about how the scopes are cleaned and prepared for reuse in actual health care settings,...

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Poor, Minorities Spend More Time Waiting for Medical Care

While almost everyone complains about the time it takes to see their doctor, the problem is even worse for minorities and poor people, according to new research. Blacks and Hispanics spend approximately 25 percent more time seeking health care than whites. People also spend more time in a doc's waiting room if they're unemployed, in a low-paying job...

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Move More to Prevent Heart Failure

When it comes to preventing heart failure, the more exercise, the better. How much more? A new study suggests maybe as much as two to four times the U.S. minimum recommended levels of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. The researchers reviewed 12 studies from the United States and Europe that included more than 370,000 people who were...

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As HIV Patients Live Longer, Certain Cancer Risks Rise: Study

Antiretroviral therapy has extended the lives of people with HIV, but living longer may increase these patients' risk for certain cancers. A study of nearly 90,000 HIV patients revealed a rise in three types of cancer as the AIDS-causing virus has evolved from a probable death sentence into a manageable chronic condition. "We found that the risk of...

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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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