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Expert Offers Car Seat Safety Tips

Although it can sometimes be a challenge to get a cranky, wriggling toddler into a child car seat, those safety devices can protect youngsters from serious injuries in an accident. But only when they're used properly, an expert advised. "We know from our work with thousands of families across the country over the past decade that car seats can be frustrating....

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval for Keytruda (pembrolizumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has progressed after other treatments and with tumors that express a protein called PD-L1. Keytruda is approved for use with a companion diagnostic, the PD-L1...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

U.S. FDA Approves Juvederm Ultra XC for Lip Augmentation

Allergan plc, (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, today announced that the company has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Juvederm Ultra XC for injection into the lips and perioral area for lip augmentation in adults over the age of 21. Juvederm Ultra XC instantly adds fullness to the lips...

Posted 3 days ago in Pharma Industry News

Monthly News Roundup - September 2015

Two New Insulins Win FDA Approval for Diabetes This month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two new insulins from Novo Nordisk: Tresiba (insulin degludec injection) and Ryzodeg 70/30 (insulin degludec/insulin aspart injection) to improve blood sugar (glucose) control in adults with diabetes mellitus. Tresiba is a long-acting insulin...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Do Taller Patients Fare Worse on Dialysis?

Tallness may be linked with an increased risk for premature death in kidney failure patients on dialysis, a new study suggests. While the researchers only found an association and not a cause-and-effect link, tall people on dialysis appeared to have higher rates of premature death than people in the general population. The risk was higher in men than...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Health Highlights: Oct. 2, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Senate Passes Revision to Health Care Law The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed legislation aimed at shielding small and medium-sized business from hikes in premiums for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. According to the New York Times,...

Posted yesterday in Medical

FDA Approves New Treatment for Lung Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an immunotherapy drug for the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) can be used to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer in patients whose disease has progressed after previous treatments and who have tumors that express a protein called PD-L1, the agency...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Height May Be Linked to Increased Cancer Risk, Study Contends

A study of more than 5 million Swedish men and women suggests that the taller you are, the greater your risk of cancer. For every 4 additional inches of adult height, the study found that cancer risk was linked to an 18 percent increased cancer risk in women and 11 percent in men. Taller women had a 20 percent greater risk of developing breast cancer,...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Teach Kids About Gratitude

-- Teaching kids to be thankful for what they have can help make them less selfish. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Surprise children with a gift. It represents something they didn't ask for, rather than something to which they're entitled. It also takes away having to choose between options, and helps relieve the feeling that the child...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

'Drugged Driving' on the Rise in U.S.

More Americans are under the influence of drugs while they drive, even as drunk driving rates decline, new research shows. In the report, 38 percent of drivers killed in accidents who were then tested had drugs in their systems, while about 42 percent of those tested for alcohol had positive results. And the number of drunk driving deaths has been...

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Have you had a medication that you could not afford lately?

If you answered yes, you probably are not alone. The cost of certain prescriptions, like those for hepatitis C, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, have skyrocketed. Many of these special drugs cannot be accessed from a regular retail pharmacy. The patient must acquire the treatment from a “specialty pharmacy”, that may not even be in their […]

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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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