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What to Know If You're Headed to College With Asthma or Allergies

If you're off to college in the fall and have allergies or asthma, it's not too soon to figure out how you'll manage them. "There are many arrangements to be made as you head off to college for the first time, and your allergies and asthma should not be put on the back burner," said Dr. J. Allen Meadows, president of the American College of Allergy,...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Oriahnn (elagolix/estradiol/norethindrone acetate and elagolix) for the Management of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Due to Uterine Fibroids in Pre-Menopausal Women

AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), in cooperation with Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: NBIX), announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Oriahnn (elagolix, estradiol, and norethindrone acetate capsules; elagolix capsules), with a treatment duration of up to 24 months.2 Oriahnn is the first FDA-approved non-surgical, oral medication...

Posted 3 days ago in News for Health Professionals

AAOS: QR Codes on Children's Casts May Be Useful for Care Info

Quick response (QR) codes on casts of pediatric patients with fractures may be a convenient and useful way to connect children and their caregivers to cast care instructions, according to a study released as part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Virtual Education Experience. Michael Basso-Williams, D.O., M.P.H., an orthopedic surgeon...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Highlights: May 29, 2020

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Abortion Pill Rule Should be Suspended During Pandemic: Lawsuit A U.S. government rule that requires women to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to get the abortion pill mifepristone should be suspended during the coronavirus pandemic,...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Prostate Cancer Drug Could Be 'Game Changing,' Researchers Say

For men with advanced prostate cancer, a new hormone therapy pill works better than standard injections -- and carries a much lower risk of heart attack or stroke, a clinical trial has found. The drug, called relugolix, is not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If it gets the green light, however, it would be "game-changing," said...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

As Hard-Hit Areas of America Show Slowing in Coronavirus Cases, Other Regions See Spikes

While the spread of coronavirus has slowed in some of the hardest-hit areas of America, other parts of the country were seeing worrying spikes in cases by Friday. New York City, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, announced plans Thursday to ease restrictions after 10 weeks under lockdown, the Washington Post reported. "Restarting...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Your Eyewear and COVID-19 Safety

Coronavirus-related safety is crucial if you wear contact lenses, eyeglasses or safety glasses/goggles, experts say. While the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends limiting use of contact lenses and switching to eyeglasses during the pandemic, the American Optometric Association says there's no evidence that wearing contacts increases COVID-19...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

AHA News: Inherited High Cholesterol May Be Common in People With Heart Disease

An inherited disorder that causes high cholesterol early in life appears to affect about 25 million people worldwide, but it is especially common among people with cardiovascular disease, new research suggests. The findings, published Friday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, "make a strong case" for screening programs to identify...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Big Need for Blood Donations as Postponed Surgeries Resume

As U.S. hospitals resume procedures put on hold by the coronavirus outbreak, there's an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, the American Red Cross says. Following a sharp decline in demand for blood products that began in early April, hospitals' needs have recently spiked 30%. "Blood donors are essential to ensuring the continued health...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Is COVID-19 'One and Done?' Experts Ponder Odds for Reinfection

Let's say you're one of the more than 1.7 million people in the United States who've contracted COVID-19, and you've been fortunate enough to shake off the virus and recover. What happens when you encounter the COVID-19 coronavirus again? Reinfection is a major concern among public health officials as the nation moves toward reopening the economy. "We'd...

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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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