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Posted today in Medical

'Kangaroo Care' Has Big Health Benefits For Preemies

Skin-to-skin contact between parents and babies -- often called "kangaroo care" -- provides major benefits to preemies' hearts and brains, Australian researchers say. They assessed 40 babies born about 10 weeks early with an average weight of 2.9 pounds. Normal birth weight is 6.6 pounds. One hour a day of kangaroo care significantly improved blood...

Posted today in Medical

Physical Jobs Tied to More Sick Leave, Earlier Retirement

People with physically demanding jobs take more sick leave. They also have higher unemployment rates and shorter work lives, a new Danish study finds. "This study showed that high physical work demands are a marked risk factor for a shortened expected working life and increased years of sickness absence and unemployment," study co-author Lars Andersen...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Phexxi (lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate) Non-Hormonal Prescription Gel for the Prevention of Pregnancy

 Evofem Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVFM) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Phexxi™ (lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate) vaginal gel for the prevention of pregnancy in females of reproductive potential for use as an on-demand method of contraception. Phexxi is the first non-hormonal,...

Posted 3 days ago in FDA Alerts

Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Certain Lots of NP Thyroid® (Thyroid Tablets, USP) Due to Super Potency

Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC is voluntarily recalling a total of 13 lots of 30-mg, 60-mg and 90-mg NP Thyroid® (thyroid tablets, USP) to the consumer level. The products are being recalled because our testing has found these lots to be superpotent. The product may have up to 115.0% of the labeled amount of Liothyronine (T3). Risk Statement: Patients...

Posted today in Medical

Child's Cancer Doesn't Raise Parents' Divorce Risk, Curb Plans for More Kids: Study

Having a child with cancer doesn't appear to affect parents' risk of splitting up or their plans to have more kids. That's the conclusion of a Danish study that compared more than 12,400 parents of children diagnosed with cancer between 1982 and 2014 to nearly 70,000 parents whose kids were cancer-free. Parents were followed until 10 years after a...

Posted today in Medical

As Summer Starts, Sun Safety Slashes Skin Cancer Risk

With many beaches and parks opening in time for Memorial Day, the American Cancer Society is reminding people to practice sun safety. Overexposing yourself to the sun increases your risk for skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States, with almost 5.5 million cases each year. That's more than breast, colon, lung and prostate cancers...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Outdoor Swimming Pools Not a COVID-19 Risk: Expert

Swimming pools in many parts of the United States may reopen soon, and Americans can take comfort in knowing that taking a dip should pose little risk of coronavirus infection. However, there could be risks at indoor pools from crowds, poor air circulation, and contaminated surfaces such as handrails, according to Ernest Blatchley III, a professor...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Remdesivir Will Not Be Enough to Curb COVID-19, Study Finds

There have been high hopes that the antiviral drug remdesivir might be an answer to the pandemic of COVID-19. But a major, new study finds the drug on its own won't be enough to significantly curb cases and deaths. The study, published May 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that, "given high mortality [of patients] despite the use of...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Sure-Fire Solutions for Managing Lockdown Temper Tantrums

After weeks of confinement to prevent the spread of COVID-19, kids, teens and grownups alike are probably getting on one another's nerves big time by now. So what's the secret to defusing bouts of pouting, screaming and crying? Experts suggest parents start with understanding. Children and teens miss the lack of personal connection they're used to,...

Posted yesterday in Clinical Trials

Novavax Initiates Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine

 Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX), a late-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, today announced enrollment of the first participants in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of its coronavirus vaccine candidate, NVX‑CoV2373, a stable, prefusion protein made using its proprietary nanoparticle technology....

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Vitamin C: Time to take this supplement seriously?

Vitamin C has always been a controversial supplement. To some, it belongs firmly in the alternative medicine basket, with apparently no substantial evidence to support its use. To others, it holds promise, particularly if you are talking about certain groups of people who are likely to be low in vitamin C. Because we NEED vitamin […]

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Medical Advances Amidst COVID-19 Chaos

Undeniably, we are in unprecedented times. COVID-19 is a serious and fatal disease for some and globally it has, and will continue to have, wide-reaching implications, medically, socially, and financially for some time. But medical advances will be significant. Although we have learned a lot about the new coronavirus already, there is still a lot […]

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Coronavirus – When Do We Hit Red for Panic?

On December the 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) to a cluster of cases of unusual pneumonia. Several of those infected had worked at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan and early reports suggested 40 people had the new illness. By the 7th of January, the virus had been identified as […]

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