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Colon Cancer's Location May Determine Patient Survival

Where in the colon a cancer develops could affect a patient's chances for survival, a new report finds. At issue are so-called left-sided and right-sided colon cancers, one oncologist who reviewed the findings explained. "Left-sided cancers are located closer to the anus and located in the rectum, sigmoid colon and descending colon," said Dr. David...

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Health Tip: Looking for a Sweet Snack?

-- You don't have to indulge in an unhealthy snack to satisfy your craving for something sweet. Snack on one of these tempting treats, suggested by the American Heart Association: Canned fruit with no added sugar. A small serving of angel food cake, sliced thin. A baked apple. Fresh fruit. Naturally sweet raisins, or frozen grapes or bananas. Unsweetened...

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Anti-HER3 Monoclonal Antibody Patritumab Selected for I-SPY 2 TRIAL in Breast Cancer

Tokyo, Japan, Parsippany, NJ, and San Francisco, CA – (October 25, 2016) – Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (hereafter, Daiichi Sankyo) and QuantumLeap Healthcare Collaborative announced today that a new treatment arm of the I-SPY2 TRIAL will include patritumab, an investigational anti-HER3 monoclonal antibody. The I-SPY 2 TRIAL, sponsored by...

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Kids With Gay or Lesbian Parents Do Just Fine: Study

A long-term study of children adopted by gay and lesbian parents has found that the kids are well-adjusted through middle childhood, researchers say. Nearly 100 two-parent families were included in the study, half had gay or lesbian parents. All had adopted children. The kids were assessed at two points: at preschool age, then five years later. The...

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Health Tip: Drivers Beware

-- Drivers should pay extra attention on Halloween to look out for young and inattentive trick-or-treaters. The Safe Kids Worldwide website suggests: Driving slowly and being extra cautions in neighborhoods where there are trick-or-treating children. Avoid any distractions. Watching for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Being slow...

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Nurses' 'Scrubs' Pick Up Bad Hospital Germs

The "scrubs" of intensive care unit (ICU) nurses often pick up disease-causing germs, including those resistant to antibiotics, a new study reports. "We know there are bad germs in hospitals, but we're just beginning to understand how they are spread," said study lead author Dr. Deverick Anderson, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University...

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Male Birth Control in a Shot: Promising, But More Work Needed

A birth control shot for men shows some promise, but researchers are still struggling to improve its effectiveness and deal with severe side effects caused by the injections. Only four pregnancies occurred among 266 men receiving the treatment, which is an effectiveness rate comparable to other contraceptive methods, according to results from a new...

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Cranberry Products May Not Prevent UTIs: Study

Many American women swear by cranberry juice as a home remedy to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). But a new study finds that cranberry capsules didn't prevent recurring UTIs in older women who lived in nursing homes. No significant difference was seen in the number of UTIs among those receiving the capsules versus a placebo pill, the...

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Athletes Can Be Champs at Fighting Skin Infections

Some athletes have a higher risk of skin infections, but there are simple ways to reduce that risk, athletic trainers say. Athletes who play contact sports such as wrestling, football, soccer, basketball, rugby and lacrosse have a higher risk of fungal, viral and bacterial infections. Gymnasts and people who weight train also have an increased risk...

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Dental Cleanings May Help Keep Lungs Clean, Too

Regular dental checkups not only keep your smile bright, they may also keep your lungs healthy. A new study suggests that regular dental cleanings could lower your risk of pneumonia by reducing levels of bacteria that cause the lung infection. Each year, nearly 1 million Americans develop pneumonia, the researchers said, and 50,000 die from the disease....

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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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