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Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Expands Approved Use of Opdivo (nivolumab) in Advanced Lung Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Opdivo (nivolumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer whose disease progressed during or after platinum-based chemotherapy. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with an estimated 221,200 new diagnoses and 158,040 deaths in 2015....

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Telecommuting Isn't Always a Win-Win Situation

Many people dream of giving up their daily commute and padding to work in their pajamas and slippers. But telecommuting has to be carefully thought out and implemented to be successful, new research says. A growing number of companies offer work-from-home options even though there is conflicting evidence about the effectiveness of this approach, the...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Aristada (aripiprazole lauroxil) for Schizophrenia

On October 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Aristada (aripiprazole lauroxil) extended release injection to treat adults with schizophrenia. Aristada is administered by a health care professional every four to six weeks using an injection in the arm or buttocks. Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder affecting...

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How to Do Breast Self-Exams

Breast self-exams that might help detect breast cancer should be done once a month, a doctor recommends. Women should do the self-exams about seven to 10 days from the beginning of their menstrual cycle, or about the same time each month if they no longer have periods, advised Dr. Magdalena Lombardi Plasilova, director of breast health services at Brookdale...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

New MS Drug Yields Mixed Results in Study

Multiple sclerosis patients taking a new drug experienced fewer relapse rates but more side effects than patients receiving a standard MS therapy, new research indicates. In a trial comparing two sets of more than 900 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, scientists found that those taking the drug daclizumab HYP had a 45 percent lower...

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Bedtime Texting May Be Hazardous to Teens' Health

Many American teens text in bed, leading to lost sleep, daytime drowsiness and poorer school performance, a new study says. Researchers from New Jersey looked at nearly 3,200 middle and high school students in the state. They found that nearly 62 percent of the kids used their smartphones in some capacity after bedtime; nearly 57 percent texted, tweeted...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Sensitive Blood Test May Help Rule Out Heart Attack

A new, highly sensitive blood test may help doctors quickly rule out heart attack for almost two-thirds of people who seek emergency room treatment for chest pain, a new study suggests. Researchers said their findings could potentially reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and substantially lower health-care costs. "Until now, there were no quick...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Popular Antioxidant Seems to Spread Skin Cancer Cells in Mouse Research

A man-made antioxidant appears to accelerate the spread of skin cancer in mice, raising questions about its safety in humans, researchers say. The antioxidant, N-acetylcysteine, is used to relieve mucus production in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), said study senior author Martin Bergo, a professor at the University of Gothenburg...

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Health Highlights: Oct. 8, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Almost 2 Million Boxes of Cheerios Recalled Almost 2 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios have been recalled by General Mills Inc. because of an incident where wheat might have been introduced into products that were labeled gluten-free. Cereals...

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Health Highlights: Oct. 9, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Organic Cheese Recalled by Whole Foods Market Possible listeria contamination has led to the recall of all cut, wrapped and weighed Papillon organic Roquefort cheese sold at Whole Foods Market stores across the United States. Listeria infection (listeriosis)...

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The Search for an Affordable Drug: 3 Practices To Outlaw

It may come as a surprise that as a pharmacist I am as mad as anyone about the ongoing trend of prescription drug price gouging. The real tragedy is that this gouging is often occurring with older prescription drugs for rare diseases that have limited manufacturer availability. It’s not that they can’t be made inexpensively; […]

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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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