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Physical Therapy, Lifestyle Advice Underused in Knee OA

For patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA), physical therapy (PT) and lifestyle counseling seem to be underutilized, while medication use has increased, according to a study published online Oct. 8 in Arthritis Care & Research. Samannaaz S. Khoja, P.T., Ph.D., from the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional analysis...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Brain Games for Seniors

-- Many doctors encourage seniors to use brain fitness games as a means to help deal with dementia, Alzheimer's and other cognitive diseases, says SeniorLiving.org. While research remains inconclusive, there appears to be a correlation between brain games and brain health. The website says brain games that may help seniors include: Memory games,...

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Confusing Medical Bills Tied to Money Woes in Cancer Survivors

Difficulty understanding health insurance and medical bills may cause financial hardship for cancer survivors, a new study finds. There is growing evidence that many American adults lack health insurance literacy, which is the knowledge, ability and confidence to obtain, evaluate and use health insurance information. While improving health insurance...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Secuado (asenapine) Transdermal System for the Treatment of Adults with Schizophrenia

 Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Secuado (asenapine) transdermal system, the first-and-only transdermal patch formulation for the treatment of adults with schizophrenia.1 “As people living with schizophrenia...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

Genentech Announces FDA Approval of Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for People at High Risk of Developing Influenza-Related Complications

October 17, 2019 -- Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Xofluza™ (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of acute, uncomplicated influenza, or flu, in people 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no...

Posted 3 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...

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Health Tip: Planning a Stress-Reducing Vacation

-- Not all vacations are created equally. Studies show that the happiness gleaned from a vacation is dependent on how stressful it is, says Harvard Business Review. It found that 94 percent of people have as much or more energy after a positive trip. To create a positive vacation, HBR recommends: Ask for help when figuring out details, such as...

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Cooking With Greens

It's time to go beyond spinach and kale. To really power up your meals with greens, you want to explore the taste and texture of watercress and dandelions. And the following recipes will get from the fridge to your table in minutes. Watercress is part of the cruciferous family to which kale and broccoli belong. It's got a spicy taste, so if you're...

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Health Highlights: Oct. 18, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Due to Presence of Asbestos A shipment of baby powder has been recalled by Johnson & Johnson after U.S. authorities found asbestos in it. The recall comes after months of denial from the company about...

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Study: Tranexamic Acid Limits Damage of Brain Injury

Many brain injury deaths could be prevented by using an inexpensive drug in the critical hours following a head trauma, a new international study finds. "Traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone at any time, whether it's through an incident like a car crash or simply falling down the stairs," said study co-leader Ian Roberts, a professor of clinical...

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EVALI Cases Rising among E-Cigarette Users. Are You At Risk?

EVALI is the new name for lung injury associated with e-cigarette, or vaping product, use according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A total of 1479 cases of EVALI had been reported to the CDC by October 15, 2019, which was up 180 cases from the previous week. The reported number […]

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Does Your Medicine’s Side Effects Outweigh Its Benefit?

Virtually every medicine in use today has side effects. Some of these will be minor, others can be life-threatening. But how much are you told about potential side effects when your doctor writes you a new prescription? Perhaps your doctor did a quick summary and told you some common side effects such as headache, nausea, […]

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Your Medicine Is Polluting Our Environment

Doctors prescribe medicines to treat a disease, correct a deficiency, or prevent a condition from happening. For example, beta blockers help lower blood pressure, iron tablets correct iron deficiency, and birth control pills prevent pregnancy. We take our prescribed medication as directed (or sometimes we don’t!) and expect it to do what it is meant […]

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