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Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) for Heart Failure

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) tablets for the treatment of heart failure. The drug has been shown to reduce the rate of cardiovascular death and hospitalization related to heart failure. Heart failure is a common condition affecting about 5.1 million people in the United States. It is a condition...

Posted today in Medical

Health Highlights: July 7, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: More Countries Need to Place High Taxes on Tobacco: WHO Too few countries impose high taxes on cigarettes, even though it's a highly effective way to discourage tobacco use, a World Health Organization report says. The agency said placing a tax...

Posted today in Medical

Calcium Scan Can Predict Premature Death Risk, Study Says

A scan of calcium deposits inside your arteries can help doctors deduce how long you're likely to live, a new study has found. The test, called a coronary calcium scan, uses a regular CT scan to look for calcium deposits in the three major arteries that carry blood away from the heart, said lead author Leslee Shaw, a professor of cardiology at Emory...

Posted yesterday in Clinical Trials

Study Shows Novel HIV Vaccine Regimen Provides Robust Protection in Non-Human Primates

BOSTON, July 5, 2015 -– A new study led by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) demonstrates that a heterologous prime-boost HIV-1 vaccine regimen protected 50 percent of vaccinated non-human primates (NHPs) against challenges with the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a virus similar to HIV that infects NHPs. Published today...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Is Arthritis Affecting Your Hands?

-- Arthritis in the joints of the hands can be painful and make many daily tasks difficult. The American Academy of Orthopaedics says symptoms may include: Joint pain ranging from dull to burning. Pain tends to be worse after hand and finger use, and in the morning. Swelling of the joints. Sensations of grating, grinding or looseness of hand joints. Development...

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Health Tip: Help Kids Prevent Stress

-- Stress is an inevitable part of life, even for children. So learning how to deal with stress during childhood can lead to better lifelong health. The National Association of School Psychologists advises: Teach children coping and problem-solving skills. Give children the chance to learn from mistakes, but make sure to set clear expectations. Foster...

Posted today in Medical

Attraction Can Grow With Time Spent Together

The best-looking guys usually land the prettiest girls, but knowing people before dating them might help level the romantic playing field. Some people appear more attractive to a potential mate over time, perhaps because their inner qualities have had a chance to shine, according to a new study published recently in Psychological Science. "Our results...

Posted today in Medical

More Parents See Benefits of Vaccines, Poll Finds

American parents' views about childhood vaccines became more favorable over the past year, a new poll finds. During that time, a number of measles and whooping cough outbreaks made headlines across the country, the researchers noted. "Over the last year, there have been high-profile news stories about outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like...

Posted today in Medical

Who's Most Likely to Get Addicted to Their Narcotic Painkiller?

A new study looks at which patients prescribed a short course of narcotic painkillers may be most prone to long-term abuse. The study finds -- perhaps not surprisingly -- that people with prior histories of drug abuse, or current or former smokers, were much more likely to go beyond that short-term prescription. The drugs in question are "opioid"...

Posted today in Medical

How Long Do Patients With Clots in the Lung Need Blood Thinners?

People who suffer a blood clot in the lungs with no obvious cause can ward off a new clot with extended use of blood-thinning medications, a new study shows. However, the length of time those blood thinners should be given is unclear, since their benefits wear off soon after use is discontinued, the French researchers found. The clots are called pulmonary...

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Drug Shortages: Has the FDA Response Made an Impact?

Rationing of much needed medications for patients is a scary thought for me as a healthcare professional. I can understand when an orphan drug may go in short supply for a rare disease, but when commonly used medications like antibiotics and intravenous fluids become scarce, I wonder what the forces are that cause this to […]

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Harnessing the Power of the Poliovirus as a Cancer Cure

Polio, a highly infectious and crippling disease, was certainly one of the most feared viruses in the 20th century. Each year, thousands of children were left paralyzed. Polio has been successfully eliminated in the U.S. for decades due to a widespread vaccine program. So why would a group of researchers be interested in injecting the […]

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Biosimilars in 2015: What Can We Expect?

On Friday, March 6th, 2015 the FDA approved Sandoz’s Zarxio, the first official biosimilar that will be made available in the U.S. Zarxio, a recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor used to boost white blood cells after cancer treatments, is the long-awaited biosimilar for filgrastim (Amgen’s Neupogen). The FDA noted in their briefs that Zarxio was “highly […]

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