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Posted today in Clinical Trials

Novartis' new heart failure medicine LCZ696 cut cardiovascular deaths by 20% vs. ACE-inhibitor in landmark PARADIGM-HF trial

Basel, August 30, 2014 - Today at the European Society of Cardiology congress and published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine, Novartis revealed that its investigational heart failure medicine, LCZ696, was superior to ACE-inhibitor enalapril on key endpoints in the largest heart failure study ever done[1],[6]. In PARADIGM-HF patients...

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Drug Gives 'New Hope' Against Heart Failure, Expert Says

In a head-to-head comparison, an experimental drug was more effective than standard treatment at preventing deaths and hospitalizations in heart failure patients. According to the study authors, the trial was stopped early because of the marked benefit of the new drug, dubbed LCZ696. In the trial, 26.5 percent of those getting the standard medication,...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves New Indication for Promacta (eltrombopag) for Severe Aplastic Anemia

26 August 2014 -- GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for the once-daily use of Promacta (eltrombopag) in patients with severe aplastic anemia (SAA) who have had an insufficient response to immunosuppressive therapy (IST).1 SAA...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

Fresenius Kabi Receives FDA Approval for Kabiven and Perikabiven

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. August 26, 2014 - Fresenius Kabi announced today it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Kabiven and Perikabiven, parenteral nutrition (PN) products in a three-chamber bag – the only container of its kind available in the United States. Fresenius Kabi is a global health care company that specializes...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Health Highlights: Aug. 29, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Many Foods' 'Trans-Fat-Free' Claims False: Study Many processed foods contain more trans-fats than you might suspect, according to a New York City health department study. That's because many of the products that claim to be trans-fat-free actually...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Health Tip: Exercise While Watching Television

-- If your favorite TV shows are pulling you away from your workout, why not combine the two? The American Council on Exercise offers these suggestions: Ditch the remote and walk to the TV to change the channel. During commercial breaks, walk up and down the stairs or around the room. Perform resistance exercises while you watch. Invest in a...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Could Too Much Salt Harm MS Patients?

Too much salt in the diet may worsen symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study from Argentina suggests. "Many environmental factors affect MS, such as vitamin D, smoking and Epstein Barr virus infection. Our study shows that high salt intake may be another environmental factor affecting MS patients," said lead researcher Dr. Mauricio Farez,...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Donated Livers Not Harmed by Travel Distances, Study Finds

Transporting donated livers long distances does not affect the quality of the organs, according to new research. This finding may impact the number of organs transported by air rather than road. The study was triggered by concerns about the increasing distances from donor to recipient that are being caused by the ongoing shortage of liver donations...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Health Tip: Teach Your Child to Read Food Labels

-- Teaching a child to make healthy food choices empowers the child to lead a healthier lifestyle when he or she is grown. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these tips about children and food labels: Before choosing a snack, encourage your child to check its label for calories and fat. Have your child measure what he or she considers...

Posted yesterday in Medical

'Doctor-Shopping' for Painkillers Common After Broken-Bone Surgery, Study Finds

About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds. Less-educated patients and patients who had used narcotic painkillers previously were several times more likely to be "doctor shoppers," said study lead author Dr. Brent Morris, a shoulder and...

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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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