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Light Therapy May Prevent Oral Mucositis for Some in Cancer Tx

Photobiomodulation (PBM), such as laser and other light therapies, is recommended for prevention of oral mucositis (OM) in specific populations of cancer patients, according to a review published online July 8 in Supportive Care in Cancer. Yehuda Zadik, D.M.D., from the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine in Tel-Hashomer, Israel, and...

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Health Tip: Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

-- Tennis elbow causes pain around the outside of the elbow, says the National Health Service. Often, the condition occurs after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm. The service mentions these symptoms of tennis elbow: Pain on the outside of your upper forearm. Pain when lifting or bending your arm. Pain when writing or...

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Health Tip: Using Eye Makeup

-- Makeup should be used properly and safely to prevent injury to the eye, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The academy encourages those who wear eye makeup to: Throw away eye makeup after three months. If you develop an eye infection, toss all of your eye makeup. Do not separate clumped lashes with anything sharp. Never share eye...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Otezla (apremilast) for the Treatment of Oral Ulcers Associated with Behçet’s Disease

(BUSINESS WIRE) July 19, 2019 -- Celgene Corporation today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Otezla (apremilast) 30 mg twice daily (BID) for the treatment of adult patients with oral ulcers associated with Behçet’s Disease. Otezla, an oral, selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4), is the first...

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Many Youngsters Aren't Ready for Kindergarten

The start of school is just around the corner, but a leading pediatricians' group warns that many kids entering kindergarten lack the skills they need to succeed in class. To help parents get their young ones ready to start school, the American Academy of Pediatrics has just released a report on what helps boost success as well as what factors may...

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The Latest on Caffeine Limits

It seems as though every day brings yet another study on the effects of caffeine or coffee in particular. Researchers have looked at its effects on almost every aspect of health, from overall mortality to the heart, bones, kidneys, liver, fertility and more. Sometimes, separate studies on the same aspect of caffeine consumption have contradictory findings,...

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Health Highlights: July 22, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Archer Farms, Fresket Products Recalled Archer Farms-brand egg salad, Archer Farms-brand deviled egg sandwiches and Fresket-brand egg salad, tuna salad and Thai lobster salad have been recalled across the United States due to possible listeria contamination,...

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The Great Fat Debate: How Much Is Unhealthy?

Experts have redefined the role of fat in healthy eating, but before you grab a chunk of cheese or another pat of butter, understand the differences between the various types of fat in your diet. For decades, guidelines recommended limiting total dietary fat to no more than 30% of daily calories, and then to a range of 20% to 35% of calories. The thinking...

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'Failure to Launch': Poll Finds Many Older Teens Still Too Reliant on Parents

Sarah Clark was happy to get the call from her college teen, but couldn't believe what she was hearing. "My kid called from college and said, 'I'm sick, what should I do?'" Clark said. "I'm like, what do you mean what do you do? You have a drug store down the street. Go have at it." A new poll co-directed by Clark found that there are a lot of parents...

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Some Women Still Getting Pregnant While on Isotretinoin, an Acne Drug Tied to Birth Defects

Hundreds of pregnancies still occur every year among U.S. women taking an acne medication that carries a high risk of birth defects, a new study finds. "While the number of pregnancies among patients taking isotretinoin is low, even 200 pregnancies is too high," said corresponding author Dr. Arash Mostaghimi. He is director of dermatology inpatient...

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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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Green Gold

The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill by Trump in December last year paved the way for a more widespread (yet still restricted) cultivation of hemp and a more regulated cannabidiol (CBD) market. And that market is currently booming, with a forecasted revenue of over 22 million by 2022. But there is still a lot […]

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Worshipping The Wine (or Beer) God or Godess

For many Americans, alcohol is a big part of their life. No matter the occasion, from weddings to birthday parties, family gatherings to date nights, most assume alcohol will be available. In fact, more than 50% of people say they would enjoy a major event less if alcohol was prohibited. But at what point does […]

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