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How Doctors Decide to Treat a Ruptured Achilles

Whether your doctor recommends surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon may depend partly on your age and activity level, foot experts say. The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. A rupture is a complete or partial tear of the tendon that leaves the heel bone separated...

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Is MRI the 'Mammography' of Prostate Cancer Screening?

MRI screening might greatly reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer in older men, a preliminary study suggests. Compared to the current screening method, MRI can reduce overdiagnosis of prostate cancer by 50 percent, and unnecessary biopsies by 70 percent in men over 70, Dutch researchers reported Saturday at a conference in England. Prostate...

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FDA Approves Bavencio (avelumab) for Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Bavencio (avelumab) for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients 12 years and older with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), including those who have not received prior chemotherapy. This is the first FDA-approved treatment for metastatic MCC, a rare, aggressive form...

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FDA Approves Symproic (naldemedine) for the Treatment of Opioid-Induced Constipation

OSAKA, Japan and FLORHAM PARK, N.J. and STAMFORD, Conn., March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Shionogi Inc. and Purdue Pharma L.P. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Symproic® (naldemedine) 0.2 mg tablets C-II as a once-daily oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist (PAMORA) medication for the treatment...

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Scientists Working on Solar-Powered Prosthetic Limbs

It may be possible to use the sun's energy to power artificial limbs, U.K. researchers report. The University of Glasgow team previously developed an "electronic skin" covering for prosthetic hands made from graphene, a transparent substance that is stronger than steel. Graphene's transparency allows around 98 percent of the light that strikes its...

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Exercise a Great Prescription to Help Older Hearts

Regular exercise is potent medicine for older adults with heart disease, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. Physical activity should be a key part of care for older adults with heart disease who want to reduce their symptoms and build their stamina, said geriatric cardiologist Dr. Daniel Forman. He's chair of the panel that...

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Health Highlights: March 23, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: AMA Urges Congress to Defeat Trump Health Bill Congress should oppose Donald Trump's health care bill because it will lead to millions of Americans losing health insurance, the American Medical Association says. "Health insurance coverage is critically...

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Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds

Many young Americans with diabetes aren't getting the eye exams that medical experts say they need, new research reveals. "Diabetic retinopathy" is a serious complication of diabetes. It causes the blood vessels in the eyes to leak. This distorts vision, and can eventually lead to vision loss, according to the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI). The...

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Turning Back the Aging Clock -- in Mice

Aging mice became more youthful following a new cellular therapy about to be tested in humans, researchers say. The treatment reversed age-related loss of fur, boosted the rodents' vitality and improved their kidney function, according to a new report. The experimental therapy "restored health after the mice had already deteriorated," said senior...

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New Technology Makes Gene Mapping Cheaper, Faster: Study

Scientists say they've developed a much cheaper and faster technology for mapping the genetic makeup of a living organism. They demonstrated the technology by decoding the DNA of the mosquito species that transmits the Zika virus. The original Human Genome Project took 10 years and cost $4 billion, but this new 3-D assembly method did the same in...

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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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