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Cooking at Home Means Eating Better, Spending Less

Your best bet for healthy eating is having plenty of home-cooked meals, a new study states. Researchers asked more than 400 Seattle-area adults about what they cooked and ate for a week. They were graded using the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Healthy Eating Index (HEI). HEI scores range from 0 to 100. The higher the score, the better the diet. A...

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FDA Expands Approved Use of Stivarga (regorafenib) to Treat Hepatocellular Carcinoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Stivarga (regorafinib) to include treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC or liver cancer) who have been previously treated with the drug sorafenib. This is the first FDA-approved treatment for a liver cancer in almost a decade. “Limited treatment options...

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FDA Approves Brineura (cerliponase alfa) for CLN2 Disease, a Form of Batten Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Brineura (cerliponase alfa) as a treatment for a specific form of Batten disease. Brineura is the first FDA-approved treatment to slow loss of walking ability (ambulation) in symptomatic pediatric patients 3 years of age and older with late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 (CLN2), also...

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Health Tip: How to Get Enough Vitamin D

-- Sunlight provides much-needed vitamin D, but you have to protect yourself from sun damage and skin cancer. There are other ways to get vitamin D, the Skin Cancer Foundation says, suggesting: A diet rich in fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and tuna. Other food sources of the vitamin include egg yolks, beef, liver and cheese. Some beverages...

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Who You Are May Affect Your Diet More Than Where You Shop

A new study challenges the view that building supermarkets in so-called "food deserts" will help more Americans eat healthier. Food deserts are places -- often in poor, urban neighborhoods or rural areas -- without easy access to stores stocked with fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods. Rand Corporation researchers surveyed nearly 1,400...

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Kids' Sun Safety Means 'Slip, Slap, Slop'

Children spend a lot of time outside in the summer, so parents need to stay on top of their sun protection, a skin cancer expert advises. Much of a person's risk for melanoma -- the deadliest form of skin cancer -- comes from their sun exposure as a child. "Healthy sun-protection habits come in three forms -- sometimes referred to as slip, slap, slop,"...

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Most Seniors Use Cellphones While Behind the Wheel

When you think of cellphones and driving, you probably picture a chatty teen behind the wheel. But new research suggests that seniors are often guilty of this dangerous practice, too. And that's true even if they have children in the car, a new survey found. "Of those senior drivers who have a cellphone, 60 percent of them speak on the phone while...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

House Delays Vote on Obamacare Overhaul

The Republican pledge to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act remains on hold. The GOP had hoped to replace the health reform law with its own version, but those efforts broke down Thursday evening when it became clear there weren't enough votes in the House of Representatives to do so. The White House had been hoping for...

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Did Syphilis Cause Painter Goya's Hearing Loss?

Spanish artist Francisco Goya's hearing loss may have been caused by the sexually transmitted infection syphilis or a rare autoimmune disorder, a researcher suggests. "This required real detective work," hearing expert Ronna Hertzano, from the University of Maryland, said in a university news release. "The question of Goya's ailment was a fascinating...

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Guys, Take the Health Check Up a Notch

Though preventive wellness visits are the cornerstone of good health, a third of American men don't even have a primary care doctor. You need checkups, even if you feel healthy, because conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol don't have symptoms but are serious risk factors for heart disease. For men, the key goals of wellness visits...

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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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