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Backback Smarts From a Pro

Ill-fitting backpacks may put school children at risk for muscle injuries as well as back, neck and shoulder pain, experts warn. "Heavy duty backpacks must be worn and used correctly in order to avoid injuries such as strains, sprains and posture problems," said orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Nitin Khanna, an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons spokesperson. "Use...

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Amgen Provides Update on Status of Parsabiv (Etelcalcetide) NDA Submitted to the U.S. FDA

Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Complete Response Letter for the New Drug Application (NDA) for Parsabiv (etelcalcetide) for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (sHPT) in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on hemodialysis. Amgen is reviewing the Complete Response...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

'Pretend Mommy' Program Doesn't Deter Teen Pregnancy

Teens are more, not less, likely to become pregnant if they take part in prevention programs that use lifelike robot babies to demonstrate the realities of motherhood, a new trial shows. Australian girls given a baby simulator for a weekend were 36 percent more likely to become pregnant during their teenage years, compared to girls in a control group...

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Coffee Cravings May Spring From Your DNA

Anybody up for a steaming cup of Joe? Turns out your DNA may hold the answer. New research suggests that your genes influence how much coffee you drink. Researchers analyzed genetic data from more than 1,200 people in Italy, who were asked how much coffee they drank each day. Those with a gene variant called PDSS2 drank one cup less a day on average...

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New Case of Local Zika Infection Reported in Florida

Yet another case of local Zika infection has been reported in Florida, this time in Palm Beach County. This latest report brings the total number of local infections in the state to 43, state health officials said in a statement Wednesday. And that total will probably climb far higher by summer's end, scientists predicted Wednesday. Nearly 400 local...

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Music Therapy Helps Preemie Babies Thrive

The soothing sound of mom singing may help premature newborns breathe easier, a new review finds. The analysis, of over a dozen clinical trials, found that music therapy helped stabilize premature newborns' breathing rate during their time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). For the most part, music therapy involved mothers singing to their...

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Autism-Linked Genes Often Differ Between Siblings

In families that have more than one child with autism, the gene variations underlying each child's disorder often differ, new research shows. Researchers have long known that autism is a complex disorder. Experts have suspected that the development of autism involves both genetic susceptibility and environmental exposures that aren't yet fully understood. Now...

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FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that the nation's entire blood supply be routinely screened for the Zika virus. In February, the FDA recommended testing of donated blood and blood components only in areas where Zika was actively spreading, but agency officials now say that universal testing is needed to further protect those...

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Animal Research Yields Clues to Sexual Spread of Zika

New research in mice may offer insight into how the Zika virus is transmitted sexually and affects a fetus. People typically get the virus through the bite of an infected mosquito, although Zika can also be spread through sex. Since the Zika outbreak began last year in Brazil, thousands of babies whose mothers were infected with Zika early in pregnancy...

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Health Highlights: Aug. 26, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: No Olympics-Linked Zika Cases: WHO There have been no confirmed cases of Zika infection in anyone linked with the Rio Olympics, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Before the games, some experts expressed concerns that the huge event might...

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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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