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Love Chocolate? Potato Chips? Your Genes Might Be to Blame

Your tendency to indulge in chocolate, go heavy on salt, or eat veggies may be tied to certain gene variants, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 800 adults, found links between several genes and people's food likes and dislikes. The gene variants were already known. One, for example, is linked to obesity risk; others are involved in hormone...

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Timing of Lunch, Recess May Determine What Kids Eat

Ask kids what their favorite part of the school day is and most will say lunch and recess. But the timing of these events matters when it comes to what children eat and how much physical activity they get, researchers report. The new findings could help schools develop policies to promote healthy eating and exercise habits for kids, the study authors...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Renflexis (infliximab-abda), a Biosimilar to Remicade

FDA today approved Renflexis (infliximab-abda) for multiple indications. Renflexis is administered by intravenous infusion. This is the second FDA-approved biosimilar to U.S.-licensed Remicade. A biosimilar product is a biological product that is approved based on a showing that it is highly similar to an already-approved biological product, known...

Posted 3 days ago in FDA Alerts

Codeine and Tramadol Medicines: Drug Safety Communication - Restricting Use in Children, Recommending Against Use in Breastfeeding Women

ISSUE: FDA is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children. These medicines carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be a greater risk in children younger than 12 years, and should not be used in these children. These medicines should also be limited in some older children. Single-ingredient...

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When Is It Safe to Drive With Type 1 Diabetes?

Having type 1 diabetes can raise your chances of crashing while driving, but new research offers a checklist that helps determine whether it is safe for you to get behind the wheel. The wrong amounts of insulin and other blood sugar-lowering medications can trigger dangerously low blood sugar levels, which can cause people to pass out or have seizures,...

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Health Tip: Dealing With Foot Arthritis

-- Just about everyone has occasional foot pain, but persistent symptoms may signal foot arthritis. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests seeing a doctor about: Having swelling that affects one or more joints. Having ongoing tenderness or pain in a joint. Having a joint that feels hot or is red. Being unable to move a joint. Having...

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You Can Probably Credit Your Genes for These Facial Features

How likely is your baby to have Mom's button nose or Dad's chiseled cheeks? New research suggests the odds are good. Based on a study of nearly 1,000 twin girls in the United Kingdom, researchers say they've pinpointed the facial features most influenced by a person's genes. The finding: Genetics play a big part in the shapes of the end of the nose,...

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Health Highlights: April 21, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Cherokee Nation Sues Drug Distributors, Retailers Over Opioid Crisis Six of the top drug distributors and pharmacies in the United States inundated the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma with hundreds of millions of highly addictive opioid pain pills,...

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At What Age Can Kids Safely Cross the Street?

Crossing a busy street requires calculations too complex for kids younger than 14, a new study finds. In simulated experiments, University of Iowa researchers found children lack the perceptual judgment and physical skills needed to consistently get across safely. "Some people think younger children may be able to perform like adults when crossing...

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Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School

The thought of having to pull out an inhaler in the middle of school might stop some kids with asthma from breathing better, a study of British schoolchildren suggests. An online survey of almost 700 students with asthma showed that nearly 50 percent reported poor asthma control. With asthma, the lungs and airways become inflamed when exposed to triggers...

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REMS@FDA: An Upgraded Patient Safety Program

REMS Overview Fact: Prescription drugs are complicated, and they are getting more complicated every day. Issues with complex drugs and side effects is not just a concern for the healthcare provider, it directly impacts the patient and caregiver, too. We’ve all heard the long list of adverse effects and warnings that unfold during a primetime […]

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Drugs.com the First Major Consumer Health Publisher to Implement Full HTTPS Encryption

Drugs.com is pleased to announce the introduction of full HTTPS encryption for all web site visitors. With this significant and important change, nearly 70 million monthly visitors will have access to critical health and medicine information in a safe, secure and private environment. Why HTTPS Encryption? Almost everything you do on the Internet leaves a digital […]

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Off-Label or Off-Limits? Should You Use A Drug For An Unapproved Use?

Off-Label Drug Use: What Is It? You may be surprised to learn that you have probably been prescribed a medication “off-label” at one point or another by your doctor. Maybe you’ve heard of “off-label” drug use in the news, but what does this really mean? “Off-label” use of a drug refers to prescribing a medication […]

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