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Tesaro Announces FDA Approval of Zejula (niraparib) for Women with Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

WALTHAM, MA, March 27, 2017 – Tesaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRO), an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zejula (niraparib), an oral, once-daily poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, for the maintenance treatment of women with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian...

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Health Highlights: March 27, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Trump to Gut Obama Climate Plan An executive order to undo the Obama administration's plan to combat climate change will be signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump, according to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt said...

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Health Tip: Think You Fractured Your Foot?

-- If you believe you've fractured a bone in your foot, it's important to see a doctor as quickly as possible. If there's time before your office visit, here are suggestions to follow, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Place an ice pack on the foot to minimize swelling. Keep your foot elevated. Avoid putting too much weight...

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Health Tip: Artificial Nails Can Damage Real Ones

-- You may like the appearance of artificial nails, but you may not like the way they can leave natural nails thin and brittle. Here are ways to minimize such damage, courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology: Instead of acrylic nails, use gel nails that you can soak off rather than nails that must be filed off. Make sure your salon uses...

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Allergic to Peanuts? Tree Nuts Might Still Be Safe

Having an allergy to one type of nut may not necessarily doom you to a lifelong avoidance of all nuts, a new study suggests. In fact, more than half of the people who were allergic to one type of tree nut did not have a reaction to other tree nuts, the researchers reported. Tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts and hazelnuts. Interestingly,...

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Study Suggests Heartburn Meds-Superbug Infections Link

Patients who take certain heartburn medications may be more likely to suffer recurrent bouts of a common "superbug" infection, a new study suggests. Proton pump inhibitors, such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, or so-called H2 blockers, such as Zantac, Pepcid and Tagamet, were linked to a 50 percent increased risk of developing multiple Clostridium...

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Breast-Feeding May Not Lead to Smarter Preschoolers

Breast-feeding may not make kids sharper or better behaved than their non-nursed peers over the long-term, a new study suggests. Breast-feeding is known to have many positive effects for babies and moms. But the notion that it makes kids smarter or better able to regulate their behavior is unproven. "The belief that babies who are breast-fed have...

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Just 17 U.S. States Require Defibrillators in Some Schools

Automated external defibrillators in schools save lives, but only about one-third of U.S. states require the devices in at least some schools, a new study reveals. As of February 2016, researchers found that 33 states had no legislation requiring automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools. The portable devices treat sudden cardiac arrest...

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Fewer Successful Malpractice Claims in U.S., But Higher Payouts

The rate of paid medical malpractice claims in the United States has declined significantly, dropping nearly 56 percent between 1992 and 2014, researchers report. At the same time, the average payout for successful malpractice claims rose about 23 percent -- topping $353,000 in 2009-2014, up from about $287,000 during the 1992-1996 period, the study...

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Curbing Sleep Apnea Might Mean Fewer Night Trips to Bathroom

Millions of Americans battle bothersome nighttime conditions, such as sleep apnea or the need to get up frequently to urinate. Now, new research suggests that treating the former condition with CPAP "mask" therapy might also help ease the latter. "This is the first study to show the true incidence of nocturia -- peeing at night -- in patients who...

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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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