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NPs and PAs Can Effectively Manage Diabetes in Primary Care

Diabetes outcomes do not differ for patients treated with a primary care provider who is either a physician, nurse practitioner (NP), or physician assistant (PA), according to a study published online Nov. 20 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. George L. Jackson, Ph.D., from the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System in North Carolina, and colleagues...

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Health Highlights: Nov. 20, 2018

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Vaccine-Exempt Students Behind N.C. Chickenpox Outbreak North Carolina's largest chickenpox outbreak in decades is centered in a primary school with a large number of vaccine-exempt students, according to health officials. Thirty-six students at...

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Health Tip: Help Fight Fatty Liver Disease

-- Fatty liver disease occurs when fat deposits build up in the liver, the organ that filters blood coming from the digestive tract. The disease may stem from heavy alcohol use, or not involve alcohol at all, the National Library of Medicine says. If you have either type, the agency suggests things you can do to minimize its effects: Limit dietary...

Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Gamifant (emapalumab-lzsg) for Primary Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Gamifant (emapalumab) for the treatment of pediatric (newborn and above) and adult patients with primary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) who have refractory, recurrent or progressive disease or intolerance with conventional HLH therapy. This FDA approval is the first for a drug specifically...

Posted yesterday in FDA Alerts

FDA Alerts Health Care Professionals and Patients Not To Use Sterile Drug Products from Pharm D Solutions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients not to use drug products intended to be sterile that are produced and distributed by Pharm D Solutions LLC, Houston, Texas, due to lack of sterility assurance. Administration of a non-sterile drug product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially...

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Women as Tough as Men During Extreme Exertion

Women are no more likely than men to have health problems due to strenuous training and extreme physical exertion, researchers report. "Our findings contain some potentially myth-busting data on the impact of extreme physical activity on women. We have shown that with appropriate training and preparation, many of the previously reported negative health...

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Health Tip: Removing a Stuck Ring

-- Normal joint and tissue swelling can make a ring difficult to remove from your finger. Or a stuck ring can be a symptom of swollen joints caused by arthritis. Either way, you may not have to leave the ring on permanently or have it cutt off, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand says. Here are the group's suggestions for removing a stuck...

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Opioids Increasingly Tied to Deaths of Pregnant Women

As the U.S. opioid epidemic rages unchecked, new research shows that pregnancy-related deaths due to opioid misuse more than doubled between 2007 and 2016. Deaths during or soon after pregnancy rose 34 percent during that time, and the percentage involving heroin, fentanyl or prescription painkillers (such as OxyContin) jumped from 4 percent to 10...

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Are Food Additives Good or Bad? Consumer Views Vary

Many Americans believe they face health risks from food additives, but plenty of others think that additives in small amounts won't harm them, a new survey finds. It seems the United States is divided about the harms and benefits of modern food production practices. Specifically, 51 percent of Americans say they could be sickened by food additives,...

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The Skinny on New Sugar Calorie Counts

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is getting serious about added sugars. Acting on the health recommendation that calories from added sugars shouldn't exceed 10 percent of your daily total calories, new nutrition labels will break down a food's sugar content so you can read how much added sugar it contains. The line for "sugars" will become "total...

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Be Gone, Infectious Disease!

Infectious diseases are any infections caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi that can be spread from human to human, either by direct contact or indirectly via vectors such as animals, food or water, or bodily fluids. Common infectious diseases include the flu, hepatitis, HIV, malaria, pneumonia, and Strep throat, and chances are, you had […]

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When even colors hurt

Having battery acid poured on your brain, splitting your head in half with an ax, being in so much pain that colors hurt and the sun is too loud. These are all ways migraines have been described by people who endure them frequently, sometimes as often as three times a week. A migraine is not […]

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No Baby Plus No HIV

What if there was a device that could stop you from getting pregnant as well as protect you from HIV? Well, one day soon, there might be. Researchers are currently working on a vaginal ring that releases both levonorgestrel (a contraceptive hormone) and dapivirine (an antiviral effective against HIV) that can be left in place […]

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