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Posted today in FDA Alerts

Convenience Kits containing Multi-Med Single Lumen Catheters by Centurion: Class I Recall - Excess Material May Split or Separate

[Posted 12/09/2016] ISSUE: Centurion is recalling the Centurion Convenience Kits containing Multi-Med Single Lumen Catheters. The catheters have a potential for excess material to remain at the tip of the catheter from the manufacturing process. If this occurs, the excess material may separate from the catheter during use and could enter the patient’s...

Posted today in Medical

For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says. Researchers from the United Kingdom asked more than 50 adults with long-term mental conditions about the role pets play in their social networks. Sixty percent placed pets in the central and most important circle -- above family, friends and hobbies....

Posted today in Medical

Tamoxifen May Get Blamed for Unrelated Symptoms

Some high-risk women who take tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer may mistake naturally occurring nausea and vomiting for side effects of the drug and stop taking it, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that taking tamoxifen can reduce the risk of breast cancer by more than 30 percent in high-risk women, and the preventive effects last more...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Avastin (bevacizumab) Plus Chemotherapy for a Specific Type of Advanced Ovarian Cancer

December 6, 2016 -- Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Avastin (bevacizumab), either in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel or in combination with carboplatin and gemcitabine chemotherapy, followed by Avastin alone, for the treatment...

Posted 3 days ago in Clinical Trials

Arena Pharmaceuticals Completes Enrollment in Ralinepag Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)

Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA) today announced that it has completed enrollment in the ralinepag phase 2 trial. Ralinepag is an oral, selective IP receptor agonist targeting the prostacyclin pathway for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The study enrolled approximately 60 patients at sites globally. "This marks...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Using a Food Thermometer

-- Using a food thermometer takes the guesswork out of determining whether food is cooked completely and is safe to eat. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests the right way to use a food thermometer: Select the right type of thermometer for your needs, from pop-up to digital to manual. Make sure you follow product instructions. Use either...

Posted today in Medical

Health Highlights: Dec. 9, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: John Glenn, Legendary Astronaut and Later Senator, Has Died John Glenn, a famed astronaut who was the first American to orbit the Earth, died Thursday. He was 95. Glenn, who went on to a distinguished career as a U.S. Senator from Ohio, had heart...

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Drones a Safe Way to Transport Blood: Study

Blood products don't seem to suffer damage when transported by drones, researchers report. The findings lend support to advocates who say that drones could offer a safe, effective and fast way to deliver blood products to accident sites, natural disasters or remote locations. "My vision is that, in the future, when a first responder arrives to the...

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Florida Now Zika-Free

Florida is now Zika-free, U.S. health officials reported Friday. One area in south Miami Beach had remained an active zone for local transmission of the virus, which can cause severe birth defects in babies born to women who are infected while pregnant. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement that there have been...

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Could a Computer Someday Guide Breast Cancer Care?

An artificially intelligent computer system is making breast cancer treatment recommendations on a par with those of cancer doctors, a new study reports. The IBM computer system -- called Watson Oncology -- made treatment recommendations that jibed nine out of 10 times with those of a multidisciplinary board of doctors at a top cancer hospital in India,...

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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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