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Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Gamifant (emapalumab-lzsg) for Primary Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Gamifant (emapalumab) for the treatment of pediatric (newborn and above) and adult patients with primary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) who have refractory, recurrent or progressive disease or intolerance with conventional HLH therapy. This FDA approval is the first for a drug specifically...

Posted today in Medical

As Vaping Became Popular Among Young, Smoking Rates Fell

The advent of the e-cigarette appears to have spurred a huge drop in tobacco smoking rates among teenagers and young adults, a new study claims. Previous research has argued that vaping could prove to be a gateway drug for smoking, by getting youngsters hooked on nicotine and used to the physical actions associated with smoking. Instead, smoking among...

Posted 2 days ago in FDA Alerts

FDA Alerts Health Care Professionals and Patients Not To Use Sterile Drug Products from Pharm D Solutions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients not to use drug products intended to be sterile that are produced and distributed by Pharm D Solutions LLC, Houston, Texas, due to lack of sterility assurance. Administration of a non-sterile drug product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Should You Be Worried About Memory Loss?

-- It's taking you longer than it once did to learn a new task. Or you've forgotten about today's doctor's appointment. Should you be worried? In other words, do you have mild forgetfulness or symptoms of a more serious memory problem? The National Institute on Aging says you should speak to your doctor, who can help determine if your memory and thinking...

Posted today in News for Health Professionals

USPSTF Suggests Universal HIV Screening, PrEP for High-Risk Patients

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends HIV screening for individuals aged 15 to 65 years, including all pregnant women, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) should be offered to those at high risk of HIV. These findings form the basis of three draft recommendation statements published online Nov. 20 by the USPSTF. Roger Chou, M.D.,...

Posted today in News for Health Professionals

FDA: Another E. coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with health officials from various states are asking American consumers to avoid romaine lettuce due to an outbreak of Escherichia coli illness. "At this time, the FDA recommends that consumers do not eat romaine lettuce and discard any product until we know...

Posted today in News for Health Professionals

Vaccine-Exempt Students Behind N.C. Chickenpox Outbreak

North Carolina's largest chickenpox outbreak in decades is centered in a primary school with a large number of vaccine-exempt students, according to health officials. Thirty-six students at Asheville Waldorf School were diagnosed with the disease last Friday, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper, BBC News reported. The school has one of...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Caring for Bronchitis

-- Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes that carry air into your lungs. When these tubes become infected, they swell and become lined with mucus, making it more difficult to breathe. Symptoms may include cough, sore throat, fever, chest congestion and shortness of breath. The American Academy of Family Physicians describes how to help treat...

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Health Highlights: Nov. 21, 2018

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA Warns Two Companies About Bogus Opioid Addiction Treatments Warning letters about products illegally marketed as treatments for opioid addiction, pain and anxiety have been sent to two companies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The...

Posted today in News for Health Professionals

CDC Announces Acute Flaccid Myelitis Task Force

A task force to investigate a rising number of cases of a rare polio-like disease among children in the United States has been created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The task force on acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) will include scientific, medical, and public health experts who will attempt to identify the cause of the disease...

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Be Gone, Infectious Disease!

Infectious diseases are any infections caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi that can be spread from human to human, either by direct contact or indirectly via vectors such as animals, food or water, or bodily fluids. Common infectious diseases include the flu, hepatitis, HIV, malaria, pneumonia, and Strep throat, and chances are, you had […]

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When even colors hurt

Having battery acid poured on your brain, splitting your head in half with an ax, being in so much pain that colors hurt and the sun is too loud. These are all ways migraines have been described by people who endure them frequently, sometimes as often as three times a week. A migraine is not […]

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No Baby Plus No HIV

What if there was a device that could stop you from getting pregnant as well as protect you from HIV? Well, one day soon, there might be. Researchers are currently working on a vaginal ring that releases both levonorgestrel (a contraceptive hormone) and dapivirine (an antiviral effective against HIV) that can be left in place […]

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