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Could Neck-Strengthening Prevent Some Concussions?

Boosting athletes' neck strength in the off season might reduce their concussion risk in sports such as football and soccer, researchers say. This is among several recommendations from researchers at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., who are looking to prevent these serious head injuries in athletes. "Our ability to detect sports-related concussions...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Ontruzant (trastuzumab-dttb), a Biosimilar to Herceptin

FDA today approved Ontruzant (trastuzumab-dttb), a biosimilar to U.S.-licensed Herceptin (trastuzumab). A biosimilar product is a biological product that is approved based on a showing that it is highly similar to an already-FDA approved biological product, known as a reference product. The biosimilar also must be shown to have no clinically meaningful...

Posted 2 days ago in FDA Alerts

FDA Updates on Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker (ARB) Recalls

Investigation ongoing – This page to be updated as more information is available IMPORTANT: Medications containing only amlodipine or hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) are not being recalled. Manufacturers are recalling medications containing amlodipine in combination with valsartan or losartan, and medications containing hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ in combination...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

AHA: Taking Medicine for a Cold? Be Mindful of Your Heart

Flu has so far infected more than 6 million Americans this season, and winter colds are making their rounds. If you've been hit by either, you may be thinking about heading to your local pharmacy to relieve your aches, pains and congestion. But before you do, you need to consider how some over-the-counter cold medicines may impact your heart. "People...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Disrupted Sleep Plagues Hospital Patients, But New Program Might Help

Anyone who has cared for a hospitalized loved one knows that frequent nighttime sleep interruptions -- caused by noise or nursing checks -- are a big concern. But in a new study, a Chicago hospital adopted sleep-friendly measures for patients that led to fewer nighttime awakenings without compromising care. Nighttime room entries dropped by 44 percent...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Highlights: Jan. 18, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Recalled by Perdue Foods Possible wood contamination has led to the recall of more than 68,000 pounds of gluten-free chicken nuggets from Perdue Foods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Big Pharma's Marketing to Docs Helped Trigger Opioid Crisis: Study

Aggressive direct marketing to doctors by pharmaceutical companies is tied to spurring the ongoing epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States, a new study claims. A county-by-county analysis showed that opioid use increased in places where drug makers focused their marketing efforts, explained lead researcher Dr. Scott Hadland. He's a pediatrician...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Study Examines Link Between Type 1 Diabetes, Broken Bones

Poor blood sugar control puts people with type 1 diabetes at increased risk for fragility fractures, a new study shows. A fragility fracture is a broken bone caused by a fall from standing height or less. For the study, researchers analyzed data on more than 3,300 people with type 1 diabetes and more than 44,000 with type 2 diabetes, in the United...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Ditch Your Leisure To-Do List

If the fun is often missing from your social activities or play feels like work, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have an explanation: You're probably overplanning. With so many demands on your time, precise scheduling might be the only way to accomplish everything you want. But while that can help at work and with family responsibilities,...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Store Refrigerated Food Safely

-- Refrigeration can help keep food safe from germs and prevent food-borne illnesses. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests these refrigeration tips: Marinate food in the refrigerator instead of at room temperature. Bacteria can multiply rapidly at room temperature. Never reuse marinating liquid unless you bring it to a rapid boil first...

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No Easy Fix To The Opioid Crisis

Despite numerous law changes and restrictions on prescribing, the number of people dying from opioid-related drug overdoses continues to increase. Today, and every day after this one, 130 Americans on average will die from taking an opioid. But can anything more be done about reversing these shocking statistics? Yes, it could, but will it? Current […]

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A Baby Boomer’s Least Desirable Trait: HCV

If you were born between 1946 and 1964, then you are in good company. Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey are just some of the iconic figures that make up this influential generation, not to mention the numerous notable actors, politicians, and sports stars. But baby boomers are also notorious for another, not so […]

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Great Expectations: Medical and Drug Innovations for 2019

If 2018 was touted as the year for blockbuster drugs, then you had better hang onto your seat for 2019. This year promises some innovations that will transform healthcare. Look forward to treatments that may finally offer an effective alternative to opioids, protocols that give the green light for an expanded window to treat stroke, […]

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