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Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Amzeeq (minocycline) Topical Foam for the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Acne

REHOVOT, Israel and BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Oct. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: FOMX) (“Foamix” or the “Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its novel Amzeeq (minocycline) topical foam, 4%. Amzeeq, formerly known...

Posted today in Medical

How to Keep Halloween Fun and Safe

There's no trick to keeping kids safe this Halloween -- it just takes some planning, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Costumes should be bright, reflective and short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. It's a good idea to add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. Masks...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

Genentech Announces FDA Approval of Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for People at High Risk of Developing Influenza-Related Complications

October 17, 2019 -- Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Xofluza™ (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of acute, uncomplicated influenza, or flu, in people 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no...

Posted 3 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Sweetened Drinks Represent Majority of Children's Drink Sales

None of the 34 top-selling sweetened children's drinks meet expert recommendations for healthier drinks for children, according to Children's Drink FACTS 2019, a new report from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut. Jennifer L. Harris, Ph.D., from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, assessed the sales,...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Is That Statin Doing You Any Good?

Many people who take cholesterol-lowering statins may not benefit from them, researchers say. Drugs like atorvastatin (Lipitor) and fluvastatin (Lescol) provide little value to people without heart disease, new research shows. Yet these heart-healthy folks represent a sizable number of statin users. While statins for people with heart disease isn't...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Your Personality as a Teen May Predict Your Risk of Dementia: Study

Could your personality as a teen forecast your risk for dementia a half-century later? Very possibly, say researchers, who found that dementia risk is lower among seniors who were calm, mature and energetic high schoolers. "Being calm and mature as teen were each associated with roughly a 10% reduction in adult dementia risk," said study co-author...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

A Workout to Shape Your Shoulders

Don't shrug off working your delts, the muscles of your shoulders. Besides assisting with good posture, strong shoulders help you lift and carry items with ease, and create excellent upper body definition for men and women alike. Deltoid rows work not only your shoulders, but also your biceps, lats and the muscles of your middle back. Begin in a standing...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Certain Blood Pressure Medicines Tied to Suicide Risk in Study

A common type of blood pressure medication might be associated with an increased risk of suicide, a new study suggests. People taking angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) appear to be more likely to die by suicide, compared to those who take another type of blood pressure drug called ACE inhibitors, researchers found. Patients using ARBs had a 63%...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

AHA News: He Used CPR in an Emergency – Then He Became the Emergency

Joe Farrell went to retrieve an errant golf ball when he came upon another player on the ground not breathing. The man's golfing partner was attempting CPR but not performing it properly. Joe, a physical therapist, took over. He made sure 911 was called before starting chest compressions. Paramedics arrived and revived the man after several shocks...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Mercury in Creams, Feces in Cosmetics: Beware Bargain Beauty Products

Stocking up on the latest beauty products can be costly. Is it possible to save money and still put your best face forward? You may luck out and find things on sale at reputable retailers. But beware of prices that seem too good to be true on the internet or from sellers that may not be around tomorrow, like a flea market vendor. Buy these products...

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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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Your Medicine Is Polluting Our Environment

Doctors prescribe medicines to treat a disease, correct a deficiency, or prevent a condition from happening. For example, beta blockers help lower blood pressure, iron tablets correct iron deficiency, and birth control pills prevent pregnancy. We take our prescribed medication as directed (or sometimes we don’t!) and expect it to do what it is meant […]

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