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How to Avoid Stained Teeth When You Enjoy Red Wine

You don't have to wind up with stained teeth if you toast the holidays with red wine, an expert says. "The strength of your enamel and how prone you are to plaque buildup is key to how much your teeth might stain," said Dr. Uchenna Akosa, head of Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, the faculty practice of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Avsola (infliximab-axxq), a Biosimilar to Remicade

Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Avsola (infliximab-axxq) for all approved indications of the reference product, Remicade® (infliximab): for the treatment of moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA), moderate-to-severe Crohn's Disease (CD) in the adult and pediatric population,...

Posted 2 days ago in News for Health Professionals

FDA Approves First Generics of Gilenya

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three applications for first generics of Gilenya (fingolimod) capsules for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adult patients. “Approving safe and effective generics so patients have more treatment options continues to be a priority for the FDA,” said Janet Woodcock,...

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Houseflies: Just How Bad Are They for Your Health?

Everyone quickly shoos houseflies off their dinner plates, but exactly how disease-ridden are these pesky insects? New research reveals that flies do pick up plenty of microbes from the nearby environment -- germs that can then be transmitted to your food or drink. But there's also reason to relax: Experts agreed that houseflies don't rank high on...

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Domestic Abuse Can Leave Legacy of Poor Health

Women with a history of domestic abuse are more likely to develop chronic conditions that cause pain and fatigue, a new study says. British researchers examined medical records of more than 18,500 women who had suffered domestic abuse between 1995 and 2017 and more than 74,000 who had not been abused, to compare rates of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue...

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BPA Levels in Humans Are Underestimated: Study

Levels of the widely used chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in people's bodies are much higher than once thought, according to scientists who say they've created a more accurate way to measure them. BPA is used in many plastic products, including food and drink containers, and animal studies have shown that it can interfere with hormones. Exposure to BPA...

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AHA News: Here's How Black Barbershops Could Save Lives and Millions in Health Costs

A national program to fight high blood pressure by sending pharmacists to black barbershops could prevent thousands of strokes, heart attacks and deaths, and save the health care system $870 million a year, a new analysis shows. The research, led by Dr. Dhruv S. Kazi of the Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical...

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Health Tip: Managing ADHD in Adults

-- About 4 percent of adults have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says Harvard University Medical School. Adults with ADHD tend to have more difficulty with attention and memory, rather than with hyperactivity, as with children. To help manage ADHD in adults, the school suggests: Consider medications such as stimulants, non stimulants...

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FDA Testing Levels of Carcinogen in Diabetes Drug Metformin

Levels of possible cancer-causing chemicals in metformin diabetes medications are under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Metformin is a prescription drug used to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Over the past year and a half, several types of drugs -- including angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)...

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Health Highlights: Dec. 6, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Retail Prescription Drug Prices Fall For First Time in 45 Years Retail prescription drug prices in the United States fell by 1% last year, a new government report shows. It said the overall decrease was due to drops in generic drug prices and slow...

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We are what we eat (and also take)!

Chances are you already know we have a massive microbiome of trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses inside us. If this is news to you, then don’t be alarmed. Having a healthy microbiome is perfectly normal and, in fact, critical to our overall well-being. So much so that some even call it our second brain. […]

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EVALI Cases Rising among E-Cigarette Users. Are You At Risk?

EVALI is the new name for lung injury associated with e-cigarette, or vaping product, use according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A total of 1479 cases of EVALI had been reported to the CDC by October 15, 2019, which was up 180 cases from the previous week. The reported number […]

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Does Your Medicine’s Side Effects Outweigh Its Benefit?

Virtually every medicine in use today has side effects. Some of these will be minor, others can be life-threatening. But how much are you told about potential side effects when your doctor writes you a new prescription? Perhaps your doctor did a quick summary and told you some common side effects such as headache, nausea, […]

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