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Posted today in Medical

Smoking Around Expectant Moms Can Harm Babies' Hearts

Fathers-to-be who expose their pregnant partners to secondhand smoke put their babies at risk of heart defects, researchers warn. For the new study, investigators in China reviewed 125 studies that included a total of nearly 9 million prospective parents and more than 137,000 babies with congenital heart defects. All types of parental smoking were linked...

Posted today in Medical

Sperm DNA Damage May Lead to Repeat Miscarriages: Study

When couples experience recurrent pregnancy loss, it's natural for them to want to know why. Now, a new study suggests that sperm DNA damage could be a factor. Recurrent pregnancy loss is defined as the consecutive loss of three or more pregnancies before 20 weeks' gestation. It affects up to 2 percent of couples and, in many cases, it is difficult...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Sunosi (solriamfetol) for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Associated with Narcolepsy or Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sunosi (solriamfetol) to improve wakefulness in adult patients with excessive daytime sleepiness associated with narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Once-daily Sunosi is approved with doses of 75 mg and 150 mg for patients with narcolepsy and...

Posted 2 days ago in FDA Alerts

FDA Updates on Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker (ARB) Recalls

Investigation ongoing – This page to be updated as more information is available IMPORTANT: Medications containing only amlodipine or hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) are not being recalled. Manufacturers are recalling medications containing amlodipine in combination with valsartan or losartan, and medications containing hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ in combination...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Easy Eggs for a Nutritious Breakfast

Recent research shows that eggs can be part of a healthful diet. Eggs are highly nutritious because they deliver the essential amino acids your body needs to build and repair muscle and help keep your metabolism humming. Egg yolks in particular contain many nutrients, including vitamin A, B vitamins and hard-to-get vitamin D. Whether white or brown,...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Tighter Gun Laws = Safer Schools

Stricter gun laws keep U.S. high school students safer, a new study says. Surveying nearly 100,000 high school students, researchers found that tightening of state gun laws was associated with a lower risk of teens being threatened or injured with a weapon at school. Students were also less likely to miss at least one day of school due to feeling...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Hearing Loss Prevention

-- About 1 in 3 Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss. And about half of those over 75 have trouble hearing. Though age-related hearing loss is difficult to prevent, noise-induced hearing loss can be minimized. People should actively reduce exposure to loud noise, the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Reduce Risk of Tattoo Infection

-- More than 20 percent of adults in the United States report having at least one tattoo. Because ink is injected into the skin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges consumers to be wary of the ink's origin. Manufacturers may use unsuitable inks (calligraphy, drawing or printer ink) to make products for tattooing. To reduce the risk...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

AHA News: Is the New 'Fasting' Diet Trend Healthy?

Tipping the scales at 233 pounds, Charles Joy realized he needed to make some changes. The 28-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, native already had tried many diet plans to varying degrees of success. In 2013, he lost more than 100 pounds through exercise and diet. But afterward, his weight slowly began to creep back up. In 2017, Joy decided to try time-restricted...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Could the U.S. Mail Deliver Better Colon Cancer Screening Rates?

No one likes to get a colonoscopy, but new research suggests that mailing at-home colon cancer tests to folks who are overdue for their checks might prompt them to get screened. "We believe that mailing kits directly to patients, which frames participation as the default, reduced steps in the screening process, making it easier for patients to get...

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Just How Did Cancer-causing Nitrosamines End Up in Our Medications?

If you take medication for blood pressure or heart failure, chances are you have been affected by, or at least heard of, the recent recall of over 75 different generics of valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan and their combinations. 75 different generics? But how can so many different manufacturers be affected when the FDA strictly oversees […]

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HIV and the Hope of Becoming HIV-Free

Many people believe HIV started sometime in the 1980s in the United States. But this is not true. In fact, the first acquisition of HIV most likely happened in the 1920s, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital, Kinshasa, as a result of an adaption of the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) that was able […]

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Recognizing the Dangers of Vaccination Misinformation

Becoming a parent is a wonderful, amazing experience. But it can also be a confusing and overwhelming one too. Firstly, there’s constant worry over whether your baby is sleeping, feeding, or pooping enough or too much. Secondly, there’s a whole range of never-heard-of-before conditions to deal with such as baby acne, colic, cradle cap, diaper […]

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