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Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Ontruzant (trastuzumab-dttb), a Biosimilar to Herceptin

INCHEON, KOREA – January 21, 2019 – Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ontruzant (trastuzumab-dttb), a biosimilar referencing Herceptin®i (trastuzumab), across all eligible indications, namely adjuvant treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer, metastatic breast...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?

-- The amount of sleep a child needs varies at different ages, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. While different kids of the same age may require different amounts, there are science-based guidelines of suggested sleep amounts for each age, the academy says. Here are the guidelines: Infants: (4 to 12 months): 12 to 16 hours per day/night. Toddlers:...

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 in combination...

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Health Tip: Simple CPR

-- Doing CPR on someone in cardiac arrest can double the chances of survival, the American Heart Association says. The AARP recommends these steps for administering CPR: Do not wait. A person's chances for survival fall up to 10 percent for every minute of delay. Send someone to look for an Automated External Defibrillator. Push up to two inches downward...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Virtual Doctor Visits Get High Marks in New Survey

The quality of your care won't suffer if you choose video visits with your doctor, a new study suggests. It included 254 patients and 61 health care providers who participated in virtual video visits offered by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The appointments are conducted online, using a computer or tablet and a secure application. Patients...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

At Risk for Breast Cancer? Your Race Matters

Black women at risk of breast cancer may face a disadvantage because of racial disparities in health care, a small new study suggests. Ohio State University researchers interviewed 30 white and 20 black women at high risk for breast cancer due to family history and other factors. The investigators found that black women were less likely than whites...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Shoes Make the Difference When Starting to Exercise

If you've vowed to be more active this year, be sure you have proper athletic shoes, a doctor suggests. "The right shoe is important for a runner as much as a good tennis racket is important for a tennis player," said Dr. Ronald Lepow. He is an assistant professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston. You...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Could Neck-Strengthening Prevent Some Concussions?

Boosting athletes' neck strength in the off season might reduce their concussion risk in sports such as football and soccer, researchers say. This is among several recommendations from researchers at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., who are looking to prevent these serious head injuries in athletes. "Our ability to detect sports-related...

Posted 2 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Assessing Symptoms After 4 Weeks of Psychotherapy Helpful in Teens

Therapists implementing interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A) should routinely monitor depression symptoms and consider augmenting treatment for insufficient responders as early as week 4 of treatment, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Meredith...

Posted 2 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Mindfulness, Stress Linked to Menopausal Symptoms

Higher mindfulness and lower stress are independently associated with lower menopausal symptom scores among midlife women, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in Climacteric. Richa Sood, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study involving women aged 40 to 65 years who completed questionnaires,...

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No Easy Fix To The Opioid Crisis

Despite numerous law changes and restrictions on prescribing, the number of people dying from opioid-related drug overdoses continues to increase. Today, and every day after this one, 130 Americans on average will die from taking an opioid. But can anything more be done about reversing these shocking statistics? Yes, it could, but will it? Current […]

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A Baby Boomer’s Least Desirable Trait: HCV

If you were born between 1946 and 1964, then you are in good company. Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey are just some of the iconic figures that make up this influential generation, not to mention the numerous notable actors, politicians, and sports stars. But baby boomers are also notorious for another, not so […]

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Great Expectations: Medical and Drug Innovations for 2019

If 2018 was touted as the year for blockbuster drugs, then you had better hang onto your seat for 2019. This year promises some innovations that will transform healthcare. Look forward to treatments that may finally offer an effective alternative to opioids, protocols that give the green light for an expanded window to treat stroke, […]

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