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Favorable Outcomes Seen in Long Term for ALLR3 Trial

For children with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia with late bone marrow relapse, risk stratification by minimal residual disease seems to be an effective strategy for treatment, according to a study recently published in The Lancet Haematology. Catriona Parker, Ph.D., from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and colleagues...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Short-term Effects of Marijuana

-- Marijuana is a commonly used psychoactive drug among young people in the United States. More than 11 million young adults ages 18 to 25 used marijuana in 2015, the National Institute of Drug Abuse says. The illicit drug contains the mind-altering chemical THC. Short-term effects of marijuana use include: Altered sense of time. Changes in mood. Difficulty...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Treating Acne Scars

-- Treating acne scars starts by consulting a dermatologist. To get the most out of the consultation, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests answering these questions before seeing a doctor: Why do I want to treat my scars? How do I want to look? What can I afford to spend? How much downtime can I afford? ...

Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Zulresso (brexanolone) for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zulresso (brexanolone) injection for intravenous (IV) use for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD) in adult women. This is the first drug approved by the FDA specifically for PPD. "Postpartum depression is a serious condition that, when severe, can be life-threatening. Women may...

Posted 2 days ago in FDA Alerts

Mylan Institutional LLC Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Levoleucovorin Injection Due to the Presence of Particulate Matter

Mylan Institutional LLC is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of two lots (see table below) of Levoleucovorin Injection, 250 mg/25 mL to the consumer/user level. The lots were manufactured by Alidac Pharmaceuticals Limited and distributed by Mylan Institutional LLC. The Levoleucovorin Injection is being recalled due to the presence of particulate...

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Health Highlights: March 19, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Third of Uninsured Skimp on Meds to Save Money High drug prices prompt about one-third of uninsured American adults to not take their medicines as prescribed to save money, a new government report shows. In 2017, nearly 60 percent of adults aged...

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Harvesting Sperm Before Ejaculation May Help Infertile Men

Sperm DNA from the testicles of infertile men is often as good as that of ejaculated sperm from fertile men, according to European researchers -- a finding that could lead to new treatments for male infertility. The study shows that on its path from the testicles to ejaculation, sperm DNA can suffer major damage. Researchers said it may be possible...

Posted today in Medical

Drinks to Help You Kick Your Soda Habit

Are you a sugary soda junkie? If you're ready to kick the habit, know that the answer isn't diet sodas. Following up on research that calls the safety of these artificially sweetened drinks into question is a February study published in the journal Stroke that found for women after menopause, drinking more than one diet soda a day was associated with...

Posted today in Medical

Stopping Aspirin 3 Months After Stent Is Safe, Study Finds

Heart patients who get a stent to prop open a blocked artery are typically put on a powerful anti-clotting drug and aspirin for a full year after their procedure. Now, new research suggests these patients can safely drop the aspirin regimen after just three months, and lower their bleeding risk in the process. "Even though this treatment strategy...

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Cost Puts Sports, Art Programs Out of Reach for Many Families

After-school activities help develop social skills and talent, but a new report finds that many kids are priced out of participating. In fact, for 1 in 6 middle and high school students, costs are the prime reason for not taking part in these activities. And the poorest students are two times less likely to participate, compared with their better-off...

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Just How Did Cancer-causing Nitrosamines End Up in Our Medications?

If you take medication for blood pressure or heart failure, chances are you have been affected by, or at least heard of, the recent recall of over 75 different generics of valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan and their combinations. 75 different generics? But how can so many different manufacturers be affected when the FDA strictly oversees […]

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HIV and the Hope of Becoming HIV-Free

Many people believe HIV started sometime in the 1980s in the United States. But this is not true. In fact, the first acquisition of HIV most likely happened in the 1920s, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital, Kinshasa, as a result of an adaption of the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) that was able […]

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Recognizing the Dangers of Vaccination Misinformation

Becoming a parent is a wonderful, amazing experience. But it can also be a confusing and overwhelming one too. Firstly, there’s constant worry over whether your baby is sleeping, feeding, or pooping enough or too much. Secondly, there’s a whole range of never-heard-of-before conditions to deal with such as baby acne, colic, cradle cap, diaper […]

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