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Smokers Unleash Harms on Their Pets

Secondhand smoke not only harms people, it also poses a danger to dogs, cats and other pets, a veterinarian warns. "If 58 million non-smoking adults and children are exposed to tobacco smoke, imagine how many pets are exposed at the same time," said Dr. Carmela Stamper, who's with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pets are also at risk from cigarette...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Trulance (plecanatide) for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Trulance (plecanatide) for the treatment of Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) in adult patients. “No one medication works for all patients suffering from chronic gastrointestinal disorders,” said Julie Beitz, M.D., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug...

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Allergan Announces FDA Approval of Rhofade (oxymetazoline hydrochloride) Cream for Facial Erythema Associated with Rosacea

Allergan plc, (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, announced today the approval of Rhofade cream by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the topical treatment of persistent facial erythema (redness) associated with rosacea in adults. Approval was based on two clinical studies that evaluated the primary efficacy endpoint on...

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Health Highlights: Jan. 20, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Number of U.S. Women Taking Maternity Leave Is Unchanged Over Two Decades There has been little change over the past two decades in the number of American women who take maternity leave, a new study finds. Between 1994 and 2015, the average number...

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Health Tip: Feeling Under the Weather?

-- Even if you're sick with a cold or the flu, don't neglect your teeth, the American Dental Association reminds us. The group offers these suggestions: Don't ever share your toothbrush, especially if you've been sick. It's usually not necessary to get a new toothbrush after you've been sick, unless you have a weak immune system or it's time to...

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Health Tip: Wash Hands Often

-- Washing hands regularly is a great way to help keep you and your family well. The Environmental Working Group offers these hand-washing tips: Wash children's hands often, always before eating and after playing. Wash kids' hands more often if they tend to put their hands in their mouths. Antibacterial soap does not offer medically proven benefits...

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Are U.S. Med Schools Skimping on Obesity Training?

Despite being a major health threat, obesity isn't widely discussed in U.S. medical schools, a new study suggests. Obesity is barely mentioned in U.S. medical students' licensing exams, according to the researchers at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. With so few test items about obesity prevention and treatment, medical schools...

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Screen Time May Not Be So Bad for Teens After All

Teens who log hours of screen time every day -- on video games, smartphones, computers, TV and the like -- may not be doing themselves any harm, a new study suggests. A digital "sweet spot" of screen time might even benefit teens' well-being by allowing them to develop social connections and personal skills, according to the findings. "Moderate levels...

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Obamacare Covered More People With Mental Illness, Addictions

More Americans with mental illness and substance abuse disorders got health insurance after the Affordable Care Act was introduced, a new study shows. However, these patients still face significant barriers to treatment, the Johns Hopkins researchers added. "The Affordable Care Act has been very effective in reducing the uninsured rate in this vulnerable...

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Many With Advanced Lung Cancer Don't Get Treatments That Might Help

Many U.S. patients with late-stage lung cancer do not receive treatments that could prolong their lives, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center analyzed 1998-2012 data from the U.S. National Cancer Database. They found that more than one in every five patients with non-small cell lung cancer...

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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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