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Many Opioid Addicts in Treatment Take Narcotics on the Side

Opioid addicts who undergo "medication-assisted treatment" are often using other narcotics before long, a new study cautions. Doctors frequently give addicts buprenorphine, a low-dose opioid, to minimize withdrawal symptoms while they try to get off opiates like oxycodone (Oxycontin) or heroin. The drug produces a weaker effect than those deadlier...

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Study Finds Stroke Care Faster for Men Than Women

Male stroke patients are more than twice as likely as female patients to receive clot-busting stroke treatment within 30 minutes of hospital arrival, a new study reports. This means men who suffer a stroke are less likely to face long-term disability, since every minute counts when it comes to treatment with the clot-buster known as tissue plasminogen...

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Health Tip: Identifying Signs of the Common Cold

-- Feeling under the weather? It's important to know whether you the common cold or something more serious. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says common-cold symptoms may include: Sore throat. Cough. Sneezing and runny nose. Body aches. Headache. The common cold is most likely during winter and spring, though you can get a cold...

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'Superbug' Infections Striking More U.S. Kids

A type of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection has increased 700 percent in American children since 2007, a new investigation reveals. These infections are caused by Enterobacteriaceae bacteria -- normal bacteria that can become resistant to multiple drugs. Once confined to hospitals, the tough-to-treat infections are spreading into the community...

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Health Highlights: Feb. 24, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Over 400,000 Toy Frogs Recalled for Injury Hazard Moose Toys says it's recalling hundreds of thousands of Little Live Pets Lil Frog toys, and Lil Frog Lily Pad toys due an injury hazard. "The recall is due to a design defect which could cause a safety...

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Health Tip: Babysitter Safety

-- Before letting a babysitter stay with your child, make sure the sitter knows the answers to a few basic safety questions. The University of Michigan Health System suggests discussing: The sitter's knowledge of CPR and first aid. The need to put babies to sleep on the back, with no blankets, pillows or toys in the crib. How to soothe a crying baby,...

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Want to Win an Oscar? Study Shows How to Grab the Gold

"And the Oscar goes to" . . . an American appearing in a film based on American culture. With the 89th Academy Awards set for Sunday, a new study finds that this type of "U.S.-centric" focus is a key factor boosting the chances that an actor will win the coveted statuette. A purely objective assessment of an actor's performance or a film's direction...

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Don't Sweat It: Gender Doesn't Dictate Perspiration Rate

Differences in how much men and women sweat have little to do with gender, according to a new study. Instead, sweating is linked to body size, researchers found. This might help explain why larger people -- typically men -- tend to perspire more during exercise or in warm conditions. "Gender has long been thought to influence sweating and skin blood...

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Drug OD Deaths Have Nearly Tripled Since 1999: CDC

Drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled in the United States since 1999, with whites and middle-aged Americans bearing much of the brunt, a new government report shows. More than 16 out of every 100,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2015, compared to just over 6 in 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Heroin and other...

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U.S. Life Expectancy May Rise to Over 80 by 2030

By 2030, American women will live an average of more than 83 years, while men may reach an average of 80, a new study estimates. These figures are up just slightly from current 2010 estimates. Right now, American women live to an average of 81, while men live to an average of 77. But other developed countries are projected to do even better by 2030,...

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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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