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Health Tip: Stop Smoking!

-- Once you've stopped smoking, it may be a challenge to substitute healthier habits. The American Heart Association suggests: Watch an interesting movie. Find something you can create, make or build. Spruce up your yard by planting flowers. Relax with an afternoon nap. Write emails or letters to friends and family. Reminisce over home movies...

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'Red Yeast Rice' Statin Alternative Not Harmless Either, Study Says

A natural cholesterol-lowering supplement called red yeast rice could pose the same health risks to users as statin drugs, a new study contends. Red yeast rice could increase risk of muscle injury or liver damage, Italian researchers reported after reviewing 13 years of patient data. "These findings raise the hypothesis that the safety profile of...

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OncoMed Initiates Enrollment of Phase 1b Clinical Trial of Brontictuzumab for the Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients

OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMED), a clinical-stage company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer stem cell and immuno-oncology therapeutics, today announced dosing of the first patient in a Phase 1b clinical trial of brontictuzumab (anti-Notch1, OMP-52M51) plus chemotherapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. The...

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Gene May Help Guide Black Patients' Opioid Addiction Treatment

Researchers say they've found a genetic variant associated with opioid addiction, and it might lead to personalized treatment for the condition. Specifically, the variant was found in black Americans affecting the gene OPRM1, which is responsible for the way opioids affect the brain. Researchers at Yale University said this may identify which blacks...

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Half Report Severe Side Effects From Breast Cancer Therapy

About half of early stage breast cancer patients experience severe side effects from their treatment, a new study finds. "It's in patients' best interest to receive their treatments on time and on schedule, whenever possible, to give them the best possible outcome," said study author Dr. Steven Katz. He's professor of health management and policy at...

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Health Tip: Take Care of Your Teeth

-- You've resolved to take better care of yourself during the coming year. Don't forget your teeth. The American Dental Association offers this advice: Replace your toothbrush at least every four months, or whenever the bristles start to fray. Store your toothbrush in open air, standing up. Don't shortchange brushing time! Brush at least twice...

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Unlocking the Secrets of the Love Hormone Kisspeptin

There may be a way to boost the activity of a hormone linked to love and sex, British researchers report. The naturally occurring hormone is called kisspeptin. It stimulates the release of other reproductive hormones inside the body, the research team said. The study included 29 healthy, young heterosexual men. They received either an injection of...

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Health Highlights: Jan. 24, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Politics Behind CDC's Cancellation of Climate Change Conference, Experts Say A major conference on climate change and health scheduled for next month has been canceled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and some experts say...

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U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Over Three Decades

While cancer death rates have dropped 20 percent overall in the United States since 1980, high death rates persist in pockets throughout the country, a new report finds. "Death rates differ dramatically between different types of cancers, and certain regions saw great progress in reducing cancer deaths and others fell behind," said lead researcher Dr....

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Even One High-Fat Meal Can Harm Your Liver, Study Finds

Eating a high-fat meal -- say, a cheeseburger and fries or a pepperoni pizza -- disrupts liver function, a new, small study reveals. Researchers found that the high levels of saturated fat found in such rich foods immediately alter the work of the liver, possibly setting the body up for serious disease down the line. "The effects mimic the abnormalities...

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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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