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Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Trulicity (dulaglutide) for Type 2 Diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Trulicity (dulaglutide), a once-weekly subcutaneous injection to improve glycemic control (blood sugar levels), along with diet and exercise, in adults with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects about 26 million people and accounts for more than 90 percent of diabetes cases diagnosed in the...

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Grief Can Weigh on Immune System in Older Folks, Study Says

Older people become more physically vulnerable during bereavement, new research shows. That's because the balance of stress hormones during bereavement changes with age, British researchers say. As a result, older people who are grieving are more likely to have weakened immune systems and develop infections, the study found. "During the difficult...

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Scientists Studying Sickle Cell Trait

Researchers are trying to learn more about a condition called sickle cell trait, which can cause sudden death in young athletes. In people with sickle cell trait, intense physical activity, heat and dehydration can cause muscle breakdown that can lead to kidney damage and cardiac arrest. Between 2000 and 2014, nine collegiate football players in the...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Movantik (naloxegol) for Opioid-Induced Constipation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Movantik (naloxegol), an oral treatment for opioid-induced constipation in adults with chronic non-cancer pain. Opioids are a class of drugs that are used to treat and manage pain. A common side effect associated with the use of these drugs are that they reduce the gastrointestinal tract’s motility,...

Posted 3 days ago in Clinical Trials

Merck Announces Data from Phase 3 Study for Odanacatib for Treatment of Osteoporosis

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Monday, September 15, 2014 -- Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced data from the pivotal Phase 3 fracture outcomes study for odanacatib in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Odanacatib is Merck’s investigational once-weekly cathepsin K inhibitor. In the Long-Term Odanacatib Fracture Trial...

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Study: Exposure to Diversity Might Boost Baby's Social Skills

Exposure to diverse communities may boost infants' social learning, according to a new study. Hearing different languages in the park or supermarket could help children be open-minded and willing to learn from people who are different from them, researchers found. "Research has shown that children, like adults, are often biased against interacting with...

Posted today in Medical

Mentors May Steer Young People Toward More Rewarding Careers

Teens and young adults who've been mentored may be more likely to get a job that provides them with greater responsibility and independence early on in their career, according to a new study. "We found that having a mentor provides a clear benefit well into their working lives," the study's lead author, Steve McDonald, an associate professor of sociology...

Posted today in Medical

Obama Calls for National Plan to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

President Barack Obama escalated the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria on Thursday, ordering key federal agencies to pursue a national strategy to deal with the threat. Obama signed an executive order that creates a new cabinet-level task force charged with crafting a national action plan for dealing with new "superbugs" -- which are ordinary...

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Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot: CDC

Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year, so U.S. health officials on Thursday urged that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the coming flu season. "It's really unfortunate that half of Americans are not getting the protection from flu they could get," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

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Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery

Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, a new study suggests. Investigators found that patients with a so-called quality-of-life "deficit" appeared to have a nearly three times greater risk for complications compared to those with a normal or good quality...

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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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