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FDA Approves New Crushing Option for the Administration of Brilinta

AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new administration option for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients who are unable to swallow Brilinta 90 mg tablets whole. Unlike other P2Y12 inhibitors, Brilinta has FDA approval to be crushed and administered in water by swallowing or via nasogastric...

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Health Tip: Develop Healthy Habits for Contact Lenses

-- Contact lenses can help you see better, but how you handle them can affect your eye health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Always wash hands with soap and water and dry them before handling contact lenses. Don't let water get on your contacts. Don't wear them when showering or swimming. Don't sleep in contacts...

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Health Highlights: March 30, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ebola Survivors Told to Practice Safe Sex Ebola survivors should practice safe sex until more information is available about the length of time the deadly virus might remain in semen and other body fluids, the Liberan government said on the weekend. Previously,...

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FDA Approves Jadenu (deferasirox) Tablets for Chronic Iron Overload

EAST HANOVER, N.J., March 30, 2015 Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Jadenu (deferasirox) tablets, a new oral formulation of Exjade (deferasirox) tablets for oral suspension, for the treatment of chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions in patients 2 years of age and older, and chronic iron...

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Health Tip: Are Wisdom Teeth Causing Problems?

-- Wisdom teeth typically emerge in a person's late teens or early 20s, and may cause big problems. The Mouthhealthy.org website recommends having wisdom teeth removed if you develop: Pain in the back of the mouth. Decaying wisdom teeth that cannot be remedied. Mouth infections tied to wisdom teeth. Tumors or cysts forming near wisdom teeth. Gum...

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U.S. Pediatricians Remain Opposed to Random Drug Tests in Schools

Random drug testing in schools may sound like a good way to keep kids off drugs, but there is little evidence it works, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. In a new report, the nation's leading group of pediatricians reaffirms its stance against random drug testing in schools. The group suggests schools redirect their limited resources toward...

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U.S. Kids Getting Fewer Daily Calories From Fast Food

American children are getting fewer calories a day from fast food restaurants, but one-third still eat ready-to-go pizza, chicken and burgers on a daily basis, a new study finds. Among kids aged 4 to 19, national health and nutrition surveys showed that average daily calorie consumption from fast food restaurants fell by 110 calories between 2003 and...

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Breast Cancer Is Not One Disease, Experts Say

Breast cancer isn't the same for every woman, even at the cellular level, according to a new statement from four major medical groups focused on the disease. The report was issued Monday by the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central...

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Gestational Diabetes Drug Might Raise Babies' Complication Risk

When used to treat diabetes that develops during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), the drug glyburide has been linked to a number of complications in the baby, according to a new study. In fact, infants born to mothers given glyburide (DiaBeta) during pregnancy had a higher risk of respiratory distress, needing intensive care, having low blood sugar,...

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Milliliter-Only Dosing Recommended for Kids' Meds

Time to toss out the teaspoon and tablespoon when it comes to sick kids: The best way to measure liquid medications for children is in metric milliliters, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians says. "Metric dosing is the most precise way to dose medications and prevent overdoses," said Dr. Ian Paul, lead author of a new policy statement from the American...

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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 or crippled. 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 […]

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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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Drugs.com Adds Mayo Clinic Disease Reference

Drugs.com is pleased to announce it has licensed select content from Mayo Clinic to provide more timely and trustworthy medical condition and disease information. The articles include detailed information about medical diseases such as allergies, back pain, depression, erectile dysfunction, and type 2 diabetes. Each article includes informative sections which may include an overview, symptoms, when […]

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