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When Buying a Christmas Tree, Think Safety First

Choosing the perfect Christmas tree is a fun tradition for many families, but it's important to consider fire safety when decorating for the holidays, a pediatricians' group advises. People who opt for an artificial tree should make sure it's fire-resistant. This should be noted on its label, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you're...

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Convenience Kits containing Multi-Med Single Lumen Catheters by Centurion: Class I Recall - Excess Material May Split or Separate

[Posted 12/09/2016] ISSUE: Centurion is recalling the Centurion Convenience Kits containing Multi-Med Single Lumen Catheters. The catheters have a potential for excess material to remain at the tip of the catheter from the manufacturing process. If this occurs, the excess material may separate from the catheter during use and could enter the patient’s...

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Yoga Called Good Medicine for High Blood Pressure

Yoga may help reduce blood pressure in people who are at risk for developing hypertension, a new study finds. "Patients with pre-hypertension [slightly elevated blood pressure] are likely to develop hypertension [high blood pressure] unless they improve their lifestyle," said study author Dr. Ashutosh Angrish. He is a cardiologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital...

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Health Highlights: Dec. 8, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Trump Appoints Fossil Fuel Industry Ally to Lead EPA A fossil fuel industry ally and opponent of policies to fight climate change has been appointed to run the Environmental Protection Agency in Donald Trump's administration. Republican Scott Pruitt...

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As Obama's Term Winds Down, Resistance to Obamacare Diminishes

Public support for full repeal of Obamacare is softening, with most Americans saying they'd rather leave the law as is or have it improved by changing some parts of it, according to the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll. In the wake of November's presidential election, about three out of five Americans now say they want the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to...

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U.S. Surgeon General Calls for Crackdown on E-Cig Use in Teens

E-cigarettes are now the most popular tobacco product among American teens, according to a new U.S. Surgeon General's report that calls for a crackdown on the devices. E-cigarette use among high school students grew an astounding 900 percent between 2011 and 2015, and the devices surpassed traditional cigarettes as teens' preferred tobacco product...

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For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says. Researchers from the United Kingdom asked more than 50 adults with long-term mental conditions about the role pets play in their social networks. Sixty percent placed pets in the central and most important circle -- above family, friends and hobbies....

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Alzheimer's Patients' Use of Painkilling Patches Cause for Concern

Long-term use of powerful opioid painkillers may be common among Alzheimer's disease patients and could be a cause for concern, researchers report. Researchers analyzed data from more than 67,000 Alzheimer's disease patients in Finland. They found that 7 percent had used opioids for more than six months for non-cancer pain relief. One-third of patients...

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Mummy of 17th Century Child May Alter the History of Smallpox

A mummy of a child who lived in the 1600s in Lithuania could offer new insight into how smallpox developed over the millennia. Researchers say they've found the oldest known sample of the virus that causes smallpox in the child. The child's remains were discovered in a crypt under a church, the authors report in the Dec. 8 issue of Current Biology. "There...

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New Drug Combo Shows Promise Curbing Tough-to-Treat Breast Cancer

In women with a certain form of tough-to-treat breast cancer, treatment with a combination of two drugs appeared to keep the cancer at bay longer -- from about five months to 10, a new study says. The cancer is known as "advanced hormone receptor positive, HER 2 negative" breast cancer. Women with these tumors are often given drugs called aromatase...

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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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