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Posted today in Medical

Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer Life

Women who generally believe that good things will happen may live longer. That's the suggestion of a new study that seems to affirm the power of positive thinking. "This study shows that optimism is associated with reduced risk of death from stroke, respiratory disease, infection and cancer," said Eric Kim, co-lead author of the investigation. "Optimistic...

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Health Tip: Do Things as a Family

-- It's important that all household members gather to eat and exercise together at least a few times during the week. The American Heart Association suggests: Keep a family schedule, and look for several 30-minute periods during the week when the entire family is available for exercise. Pick a time for the entire family to gather and select the upcoming...

Posted 2 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 2 days ago in Clinical Trials

Theravance Biopharma Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for Velusetrag (TD-5108) for Idiopathic and Diabetic Gastroparesis

Theravance Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBPH) ("Theravance Biopharma" or the "Company") today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to velusetrag (TD-5108) for the treatment of symptoms associated with idiopathic and diabetic gastroparesis. Velusetrag is an oral investigational drug in development...

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Health Tip: Prep Your Refrigerator for the Holidays

-- Your fridge may be overflowing with leftovers from holiday meals. Here are some tips to safely preserve all that food, courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Set the fridge temperature between 33 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Make sure you store any meat, eggs, veggies and...

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Health Highlights: Dec. 8, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Trump Appoints Fossil Fuel Industry Ally to Lead EPA A fossil fuel industry ally and opponent of policies to fight climate change has been appointed to run the Environmental Protection Agency in Donald Trump's administration. Republican Scott Pruitt...

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As Obama's Term Winds Down, Resistance to Obamacare Diminishes

Public support for full repeal of Obamacare is softening, with most Americans saying they'd rather leave the law as is or have it improved by changing some parts of it, according to the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll. In the wake of November's presidential election, about three out of five Americans now say they want the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to either...

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Yoga Called Good Medicine for High Blood Pressure

Yoga may help reduce blood pressure in people who are at risk for developing hypertension, a new study finds. "Patients with pre-hypertension [slightly elevated blood pressure] are likely to develop hypertension [high blood pressure] unless they improve their lifestyle," said study author Dr. Ashutosh Angrish. He is a cardiologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital...

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With Trump in Charge, What's the Prognosis for Obamacare?

President-elect Donald Trump's oft-stated pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act suggests big changes lie ahead for the health insurance marketplace and Americans who rely on it. But what would a Trump-style replacement look like? And how quickly would any new legislation likely take effect? "From our perspective, there's a lot in flux...

Posted 2 days ago in Clinical Trials

Sage Announces Expedited Development Plan for SAGE-547 in the Treatment of Postpartum Depression based on FDA Breakthrough Therapy Meeting

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sage Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SAGE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines to treat life-altering central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today announced its expedited development plan for SAGE-547 following receipt of formal meeting minutes from a breakthrough therapy meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug...

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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 […]

Posted in Blog the First Major Consumer Health Publisher to Implement Full HTTPS Encryption 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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