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Weekly Drug News Round-Up: February 20, 2019

Novo Nordisk’s Esperoct Approved for Hemophilia A Prophylaxis Esperoct is an extended half-life factor VIII molecule for replacement therapy; factor VIII is needed for blood clotting Read More... This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Novo Nordisk’s Esperoct (turoctocog alfa pegol, N8-GP) for treatment of hemophilia...

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Experimental Test May Quickly Diagnose Sepsis

A blood test that can quickly diagnose dangerous sepsis infections has been developed, according to research published in the Feb. 1 issue of Biosensors and Bioelectronics. The experimental microelectrode device created by scientists at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland analyzes a patient's blood and provides results in as quickly as 2.5 minutes....

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Health Tip: Common Triggers for Acne

-- Acne forms when hair follicles are blocked by dead skin and oil. Bacteria then begin to grow and irritate the skin. Pimples typically occur on the face but can also surface on the back, chest, neck and arms. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these common triggers for acne: Hormonal changes during puberty, before a woman's menstrual...

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Health Tip: Understanding Vitamin B12

-- Vitamin B12 helps keep the body's nerve and blood cells healthy, and assists in making DNA, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. The agency provides this additional information: Vitamin B12 is naturally found in a wide range of animal foods and is added to some fortified foods. B12 is a component of almost all multivitamins. A prescription...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Esperoct (turoctocog alfa pegol, N8-GP) for Hemophilia A

Bagsværd, Denmark, 19 February 2019 - Novo Nordisk today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Biologics License Application for Esperoct for the treatment of adults and children with hemophilia A. Esperoct is the brand name for turoctocog alfa pegol, N8-GP. Esperoct is indicated for use in adults and children...

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FDA Approves Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for the Adjuvant Treatment of Patients with Melanoma with Involvement of Lymph Node(s) Following Complete Resection

(BUSINESS WIRE) February 19, 2019 --Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the adjuvant treatment of patients with melanoma with involvement of lymph node(s) following complete resection based on...

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Fast Food Versus Fast Casual -- Which Has More Calories?

Fast-food restaurants get a bad rap for menus chockful of high-fat, high-salt foods with little nutrition. But are fast casual and sit-down chains better? The answer may surprise you. A University of South Carolina study looked at the calories in lunch and dinner entrees and found that fast-casual dishes had, on average, 200 more calories than fast-food...

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Among Rich Nations, U.S. Has Highest Rate of Fatal Drug ODs

It's a ranking that no country would want to have: A new study shows America has taken the lead in drug overdose deaths, with rates almost four times higher than in 17 other wealthy nations. Drug overdose deaths in the United States have more than tripled over the past 20 years, driven largely by the opioid epidemic, the researchers noted. In 2017,...

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Health Highlights: Feb. 21, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Government to Shoulder Half of U.S. Health Care Costs by 2027: Report Federal, state and local governments in the United States will be paying nearly half of the nation's health care costs in less than 10 years, according to a new Centers for Medicare...

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New Kaiser Permanente Medical School Plans to Waive Tuition

A new medical school to be opened by California-based health system Kaiser Permanente will waive tuition for all students in its first five graduating classes. The goal is to make it easier for people with lower incomes to go to medical school and to keep students from bypassing lower-paid specialties like family medicine because they are burdened with...

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How Would You Cope Not Being Able To See?

Most of us take our vision for granted. But just take a second and imagine what your world would be like if you couldn’t see. No more reading nor watching movies, and even worse, no more focusing on the faces of the people you love. Low vision is a term used when a person’s visual […]

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Have a Little Respect For Your Heart

What would you say to somebody who asked you to do 70 push-ups a minute, every hour, for the rest of your life? We could probably guess that your answer would most likely be unprintable here, or one of disbelief. But that’s what we expect our hearts to do from the day we are born […]

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Conquering the Big C

Us humans are creatures of habit and like routine. Which means changing certain aspects of our diet or lifestyle that we have enjoyed for years can be daunting. But if you knew that just a small change could help prevent cancer, would you do it? Experts estimate up to four out of ten cancers could […]

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