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Health Highlights: July 22, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Judge Says FDA Can't Use Panel's Report on Menthols A 2011 expert advisory panel's report on menthol cigarettes can't be used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because some panel members have conflicts of interest, a federal judge ruled on...

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Study Casts Doubt on Costly Treatment for Leg Clots

Two treatments that break up blood clots deep in the veins of the legs appear no different in terms of death risk. However, one results in a greater risk of bleeding and average hospitalization bills that are three times the cost of the other treatment, a new study finds. The standard treatment for these clots -- known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT)...

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Titan Pharmaceuticals Announces First Patient Enrollment In Clinical Study Of Probuphine for Opioid Dependence

South San Francisco, CA - July 21, 2014 - Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (TTNP.OB) today announced enrollment of the first patients in the Phase 3 clinical study to support resubmission of the New Drug Application (NDA) for Probuphine, the company’s investigational subdermal implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. The study, which...

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Technique Used in Some Hysterectomies May Help Spread Cancer: Study

Removing the uterus with a minimally invasive procedure known as morcellation carries a risk of spreading undetected cancer, and now a new study pinpoints the likelihood more clearly. Twenty-seven of every 10,000 women who had the technique had undetected uterine cancer at the time of the procedure, researchers found, with the odds being highest for...

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Sleepless Nights After Divorce May Be Tied to Blood Pressure Rise

People who suffer long-term sleep problems after a divorce are at risk for a rise in blood pressure, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked divorce to major health problems and even early death, but few studies have examined the reasons for this link. Sleep trouble may be one of the causes, according to the University of Arizona investigators. Their...

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High-Salt Diets Could Double Risk of Heart Woes for Diabetics

A diet loaded with salt is associated with double the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with type 2 diabetes. The risk skyrockets even higher among those whose diabetes isn't well-managed, a new Japanese study reports. The study found that people with diabetes who consumed an average of 5.9 grams of sodium daily had double the risk of developing...

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American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations

Blood donations to the American Red Cross are down substantially, and the agency says an "emergency situation" could arise within weeks. "Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected," the agency said in a statement released Tuesday. "The number of donors...

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Injuries on the Increase in High School Lacrosse, Study Shows

High school lacrosse players are facing an increasing number of injuries during practices as well as games, a new study finds. Although the most common injuries are sprains and strains, more than 22 percent are concussions, researchers report. They note a better understanding of why these injuries are happening could lead to better ways to protect...

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Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids

Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests. "We found that, compared with children born from mothers of normal weight, those whose mothers were overweight or obese during pregnancy had up to 20 to 30 percent higher odds of asthma," said lead researcher Dr. Erick...

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Obamacare Dealt Setback by Federal Appeals Court

In a bombshell ruling that could potentially play havoc with Obamacare, a federal appeals court said Tuesday that the financial subsidies provided to millions of Americans who bought health insurance though the federal HealthCare.gov website exchange are illegal. In a 2-1 ruling, the federal appeals court for the District of Columbia said that as the...

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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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