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Health Tip: When Your Child Needs to Lose Weight

-- If your child is overweight, be sure to teach him or her about the importance of a nutritious diet and regular exercise. You also should offer plenty of support and avoid pressuring your youngster. The Weight-loss Information Network offers these additional suggestions: Put your child on a weight-loss plan only after getting your doctor's approval. Don't...

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Health Tip: Watch the Road on Halloween

-- On Halloween, excited trick-or-treaters can pose significant hazards for drivers, especially in residential areas. The U.S. National Safety Council offers these safety tips: Be extra alert and cautious on Halloween, remembering to watch for children near the roads. Look out for children darting between parked cars. Use caution when entering...

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Synergy Pharmaceuticals Presents Positive Phase 2b Study Results for Plecanatide in IBS with Constipation

October 21, 2014 -- Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:SGYP) today announced the presentation of results from a phase 2b dose-ranging study assessing plecanatide’s safety and efficacy in 424 adult patients (mITT population= 423) with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). Data presented at ACG demonstrate that plecanatide, once-daily...

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Multiple Drug Use Raises Infection Risk for 'Swinging' Couples

Multiple drug use put couples who "swing" at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new study shows. Swingers are defined as heterosexual couples who have group sex, swap partners and/or visit sex clubs for couples. Researchers looked at 289 people, average age 49, in the Netherlands who said they were swingers and visited an STD...

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Health Highlights: Oct. 24, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Surgeons Transplant First Non-Beating Heart Surgeons in Australia say they successfully transplanted a heart that had stopped beating for up to 20 minutes. Until now, heart transplants have only been able to use still-beating hearts from brain-dead...

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Cadavers Beat Computers as Med School Teaching Tool, Study Finds

Cadavers are better than a computer simulation of the human body for teaching anatomy to college students, a new study says. The findings suggest that cadavers should continue to be used in undergraduate human anatomy courses for future doctors, nurses and other health and medical professionals, according to the researchers. Their study included almost...

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Nurse Nina Pham Declared 'Free' of Ebola Virus

Nina Pham, the first of two Dallas nurses to be infected with Ebola while caring for a patient, is now free of the virus, officials at the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Friday. Pham, 26, has been treated at a special isolation unit at the NIH's Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., since being moved there from Dallas on Oct. 12, NBC News...

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Teens Who Dine With Their Families May Be Slimmer Adults

For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults. Despite everyone's busy schedules, researchers found that just one or two gatherings around the kitchen table each week were well worth the effort. "There are numerous distractions...

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Childhood Peanut Allergy May Be Linked to Skin Gene Mutation

Infants with a specific skin gene mutation who are exposed to peanut protein in household dust may be more likely to develop a peanut allergy, according to a new study. Peanut allergy and other food allergies have been linked to severe eczema, a skin disorder, in early infancy, the U.K. researchers said. In conducting the study, researchers at King's...

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Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk

The virus that causes common cold sores -- herpes simplex -- might increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, two studies by Swedish researchers suggest. In fact, being a carrier of certain antibodies to the virus can double the risk of Alzheimer's disease, the researchers found. "The identification of a treatable cause [herpes simplex] of the most...

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Drugs.com Adds Mayo Clinic Disease Reference

Drugs.com is pleased to announce it has licensed select content from Mayo Clinic to provide more timely and trustworthy medical condition and disease information. The articles include detailed information about medical diseases such as allergies, back pain, depression, erectile dysfunction, and type 2 diabetes. Each article includes informative sections which may include an overview, symptoms, when […]

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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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