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What It Takes to Get Teens Moving

Teens with friends are active teens, a new study suggests. "You can build beautiful parks and facilities; but if children don't have friends to play with, these facilities won't be enough to increase their physical activity," said study lead author Sarah-Jeanne Salvy. "Peers and friends are the catalyst of the physical environment," Salvy added. She...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Mepsevii (vestronidase alfa) for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Mepsevii (vestronidase alfa-vjbk) to treat pediatric and adult patients with an inherited metabolic condition called mucopolysaccharidosis type VII (MPS VII), also known as Sly syndrome. MPS VII is an extremely rare, progressive condition that affects most tissues and organs. “This approval underscores...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh) for Hemophilia A with Inhibitors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh) to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adult and pediatric patients with hemophilia A who have developed antibodies called Factor VIII (FVIII) inhibitors. “Reducing the frequency or preventing bleeding episodes is an important part of disease management...

Posted 3 days ago in FDA Alerts

Febuxostat (Brand Name Uloric): Drug Safety Communication - FDA to Evaluate Increased Risk of Heart-related Death

ISSUE: FDA is alerting the public that preliminary results from a safety clinical trial show an increased risk of heart-related death with febuxostat (Uloric) compared to another gout medicine called allopurinol. FDA required the Uloric drug manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, to conduct this safety study when the medicine was approved in 2009. Once...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

CDC Wants America to Eat Its Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables can be delicious and nutritious -- but too many Americans are still passing them by, a new report finds. Just 9 percent of adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent get the recommended amount of fruit daily, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vitamins, minerals, fiber and...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Face It: Drinking, Smoking Takes Toll on Looks

Don't want to look old before your time? A new study suggests that heavy drinking and smoking -- besides posing serious health risks -- make people look older than they actually are. The research tracked more than 11,500 Danish adults, aged 21 to 93, for an average of nearly 12 years. Women consumed, on average, 2.6 alcoholic drinks a week, and men...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Preventing Sports Injuries

Simple steps can help keep you from being sidelined by a sports injury. First, make it a rule to bookend every workout with a warm-up and a cool-down. The warm-up is meant to increase your heart rate and blood flow to muscles. Start with some light cardio, like brisk walking, for your warm-up. After 3 to 10 minutes, focus on increasing flexibility...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

One Type of Diet Can Add Years to Your Life

Obese people who follow a low-fat weight-loss plan could tack extra years onto their life, a new review of medical evidence suggests. Such diets appear to help decrease overall risk of early death by 18 percent in people with obesity, amounting to six fewer deaths for every 1,000 people, researchers concluded. "Weight loss by cutting calories with...

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Kids Still Getting Risky Painkiller Codeine After Tonsillectomy

Despite safety warnings from drug regulators, some U.S. children are still being given a risky painkiller after having their tonsils removed, a new study finds. At issue is the opioid painkiller codeine. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a "black box" warning, advising doctors against prescribing codeine to children to control tonsillectomy...

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Health Highlights: Nov. 16, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Obamacare Sign-Ups 45 Percent Higher This Year Forty-five percent more Americans in the 39 states covered by the HealthCare.gov website have signed up for Affordable Care Act health plans so far this year than at the same point last year, according...

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Drugs.com Receives eHealthcare Leadership Silver Award

We are proud to announce that Drugs.com has been awarded a Silver Award for “Best Consumer General Health Site” in the 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards. Jane Weber Brubaker, chair of the eHealthcare Leadership Awards, notes that “Winners range from small and large healthcare provider organizations, to business-to-business and medical device companies, but they share these […]

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Drugs.com Recognized as ‘Health Information Website Brand of the Year’ in 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study

The team at Drugs.com is humbled and heartened to have been recognized as the ‘Health Information Website Brand of the Year‘ in the 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study. The annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study measures and compares a brand’s health over time and against key competitors. Other categories measured include travel, financial, automotive and entertainment. […]

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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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