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Posted today in Medical

Watch Out for Disease-Carrying Insects This Summer

People who spend lots of time outdoors in the summer need to be careful about insect bites, an expert says. Certain insects, such as ticks and mosquitoes, may be carriers of disease, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, said Dr. George Ruggiero, chief of family medicine and director of medical education at Peconic Bay Medical Center...

Posted today 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 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Orkambi (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) for Cystic Fibrosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first drug for cystic fibrosis directed at treating the cause of the disease in people who have two copies of a specific mutation. Orkambi (lumacaftor 200 mg/ivacaftor 125 mg) is now approved to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients 12 years and older, who have the F508del mutation, which...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe Outdoors

-- A few rules from parents or guardians can help keep children safe while they get exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. The extension.org website suggests: Never allow children to play outside without supervision. Explain to children that they should never play near a street or driveway. Teach children to ask an adult for help for any object that...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Plane Passengers' Near-Death Experience Gives Clues to Trauma's Effect on Brain

A study involving people who thought they were about to die in a plane crash reveals new clues to the long-term impact that traumatic events have on the brain. In August of 2001, passengers on Air Transat flight 236 were on an overnight flight from Toronto to Lisbon, Portugal, when their plane ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean. Many on the harrowing...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Should I Bandage a Wound?

-- Proper wound care can promote healing and ward off infection. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: An unbandaged wound typically stays more dry and heals more quickly. Wounds that may become dirty or may be irritated by clothing should be bandaged. Use bandages with an adhesive strip and sterile gauze. Change the bandage daily. Use...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Many New Teen Drivers 'Crash' in Simulated Driving Task

Around four in 10 newly licensed teen drivers "crashed" in a simulated driving test, suggesting that many adolescents lack the skills they need to stay safe on the road, according to a new study. The simulated driving assessment (SDA) included a 35-minute "drive" replicating 22 variations of the most common scenarios that often cause teens to crash. "During...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Noise From Fireworks Threatens Young Ears

The Fourth of July weekend is a time for celebrations and beautiful fireworks displays. But, parents do need to take steps to protect their children's ears from loud fireworks, a hearing expert cautions. "Fireworks can be harmful to a child's ears," Dr. Laura Swibel Rosenthal, a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor at Loyola University Health System...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Childhood Trauma Tied to Migraine Risk as Adult

Experiencing a traumatic event during childhood may raise the risk for migraines as an adult, new Canadian research suggests. "We found the more types of violence the individual had been exposed to during their childhood, the greater the odds of migraine," study author Sarah Brennenstuhl, from the University of Toronto, said in a university news release. "For...

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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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