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Health Highlights: March 24, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: 'Sea of Despair' Engulfs White Working Class Americans: Study Low levels of education and employment are likely the root causes of rising rates of sickness and early death among white working class Americans, according to a new study. The researchers...

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Health Tip: Kick Your Sugary Drink Habit

-- Your mouth may be loaded with bacteria just waiting to feast on sugar. And many sodas and juices contain added sugar, which can lead to tooth decay. Here are suggestions to spare your smile, courtesy of the American Dental Association: If you do drink something sugary, drink it quickly, which gives bacteria less time to feed. Drink tap water,...

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FDA Approves Xadago (safinamide) as an Add-On Treatment for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Xadago (safinamide) tablets as an add-on treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease who are currently taking levodopa/carbidopa and experiencing “off” episodes. An “off” episode is a time when a patient’s medications are not working well, causing an increase in Parkinson’s symptoms,...

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FDA Approves Bavencio (avelumab) for Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Bavencio (avelumab) for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients 12 years and older with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), including those who have not received prior chemotherapy. This is the first FDA-approved treatment for metastatic MCC, a rare, aggressive form...

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Health Tip: Help Teens Say No to Drinking and Driving

-- Parents should set strict rules that prevent their kids from drinking and driving. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Monitor teen drivers closely. Sign an agreement with your teen that pledges no drinking and driving. Set and strictly enforce your rules and expectations. ...

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Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor

Millions of Americans have a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet. About 8.5 million Americans have PAD, including up to 20 percent of people over age 60, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lack of blood flow to the legs and feet may lead...

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Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies

Older Americans on kidney dialysis have high rates of colonoscopy screening for colon cancer, but most get little benefit from the screening, a new study suggests. Dialysis patients have high rates of death, so routine colon cancer screening doesn't improve survival for most dialysis patients who don't qualify for a kidney transplant. Therefore, dialysis...

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What Drugs Work Best for Diabetic Nerve Pain?

Nerve pain and numbness, also known as neuropathy, is a debilitating but common symptom of diabetes. Now, new research suggests certain drugs may outperform others in treating diabetic neuropathy. The new review of the data on the subject was led by Julie Waldfogel of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Her team noted that about half of people with...

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Physical Therapy as Good as Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Study

Surgery is a common approach to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. But, physical therapy may work just as well, a new study indicates. Researchers found that physical therapy -- particularly so-called manual therapy -- improved hand and wrist function and reduced pain as effectively as a standard operation for the condition. Moreover, after one month, physical...

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Obesity May Not Compromise Knee Surgery Success

Weight doesn't seem to affect whether a common type of knee surgery will be successful, a new study shows. About 15 percent of meniscal repair surgeries fail, researchers said. It's been widely believed that patients with a higher body mass index (BMI) are at increased risk for failure because more weight puts more pressure on the knee. BMI is an estimate...

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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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