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Hopes Dashed for Rare Bone Cancer Treatment

Adding extra drugs to chemotherapy doesn't benefit patients with a rare type of bone cancer, according to a new study. Osteosarcoma is diagnosed in about 600 people in the United States each year, mostly teenagers. With current treatments, only 65 to 70 percent of patients live three years after diagnosis without relapse or other cancers. Previous...

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More Americans Can Afford Medications Under Obamacare: Study

Though a growing number of Americans are able to afford prescription medications, millions still have difficulty, a new study finds. At the recession's height in 2009, over 25 million Americans said they had not filled a prescription in the previous year because they couldn't afford it, the analysis of federal government data showed. That was nearly...

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FDA Accepts Clovis Oncology’s NDA for Rucaparib for Priority Review for the Treatment of Advanced Mutant BRCA Ovarian Cancer

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 23, 2016-- Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLVS) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted Clovis’ New Drug Application (NDA) for accelerated approval of rucaparib and granted priority review status to the application with a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date of February 23, 2017. In...

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Doctors Divided on Safety, Use of Electronic Cigarettes

Doctors disagree on the best way to answer patients' questions about electronic cigarettes, a new study finds. They also want more investigation of the devices -- specifically, about the safety of e-cigarettes compared to traditional cigarettes, according to the Stanford University researchers. While traditional cigarettes deliver nicotine when the...

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Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well

-- Kids need sturdy, supportive shoes that fit their growing feet. Here are some shoe-shopping suggestions from the American Podiatric Medical Association: Every few months, your child will probably outgrow shoes and socks. Poorly-fitted shoes can irritate your child's feet. Measure feet at each shopping trip, and inspect feet often for signs of...

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Health Tip: Keeping Foods Separate During Grilling

-- It's important to prevent cross-contamination of food while grilling. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Make sure your grill is clean before you begin. Remove any leftover food particles. Don't put cooked food back on the same plate that held raw food. Wash with hot soapy water first, or use a different plate. Use separate grilling...

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FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that the nation's entire blood supply be routinely screened for the Zika virus. In February, the FDA recommended testing of donated blood and blood components only in areas where Zika was actively spreading, but agency officials now say that universal testing is needed to further protect those...

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Health Highlights: Aug. 26, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: No Olympics-Linked Zika Cases: WHO There have been no confirmed cases of Zika infection in anyone linked with the Rio Olympics, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Before the games, some experts expressed concerns that the huge event might...

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Early Virus Raises Asthma Risk in Certain Kids: Study

A common genetic variation significantly boosts the odds of asthma in children who've had a severe respiratory illness at a young age, researchers report. "Our findings suggest that genetic influences on asthma might be more pronounced in the context of early life environmental exposures, especially viral respiratory infections," said Dr. Rajesh Kumar,...

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New Take on Man's Friendship With Fido

Dogs were domesticated earlier than previously believed and in at least two separate locations, a new study indicates. "Most dogs today look like Eastern dogs, this has led to a misconception that the dogs were all domesticated in the East," said study co-author Anna Linderholm, an assistant professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University. An...

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REMS@FDA: An Upgraded Patient Safety Program

REMS Overview Fact: Prescription drugs are complicated, and they are getting more complicated every day. Issues with complex drugs and side effects is not just a concern for the healthcare provider, it directly impacts the patient and caregiver, too. We’ve all heard the long list of adverse effects and warnings that unfold during a primetime […]

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Drugs.com the First Major Consumer Health Publisher to Implement Full HTTPS Encryption

Drugs.com is pleased to announce the introduction of full HTTPS encryption for all web site visitors. With this significant and important change, nearly 70 million monthly visitors will have access to critical health and medicine information in a safe, secure and private environment. Why HTTPS Encryption? Almost everything you do on the Internet leaves a digital […]

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Off-Label or Off-Limits? Should You Use A Drug For An Unapproved Use?

Off-Label Drug Use: What Is It? You may be surprised to learn that you have probably been prescribed a medication “off-label” at one point or another by your doctor. Maybe you’ve heard of “off-label” drug use in the news, but what does this really mean? “Off-label” use of a drug refers to prescribing a medication […]

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