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As School Starts, Pack That Lunch With Nutritional Goodies

Planning for your children's return to school this fall should include thinking about how to pack healthy lunches that they'll enjoy. Try to include children in the process of creating their lunches, including buying food and packing (or helping pack) their lunches. This lets them make their own choices and helps them learn about nutrition, according...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Rozlytrek (entrectinib) for People With ROS1-Positive, Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and NTRK Gene Fusion-Positive Solid Tumors

August 15, 2019 -- Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Rozlytrek (entrectinib) for the treatment of adults with ROS1-positive, metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The FDA has also granted accelerated approval to Rozlytrek for the...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Wakix (pitolisant), a First-in-Class Medication for the Treatment of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Adult Patients with Narcolepsy

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA, August 15, 2019 — Harmony Biosciences, LLC (Harmony) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Wakix (pitolisant) for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) in adult patients with narcolepsy. Wakix is the first and only treatment approved for patients with narcolepsy that is not...

Posted 3 days ago in FDA Alerts

Pfizer Inc. Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall for 2 Lots of Relpax (eletriptan hydrobromide) 40 mg Tablets Due to Potential Microbiological Contamination of Non-Sterile Products

Pfizer Inc. is voluntarily recalling Relpax (eletriptan hydrobromide) 40 mg tablets, lots AR5407 and CD4565, to the Patient level. Pfizer Inc. initiated this recall because these product lots may not meet Pfizer’s in-house microbiological specification for the potential presence of Genus Pseudomonas and Burkholderia. Individuals who consume oral...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Are You an 'Extreme Early Bird'?

Early to bed and early to rise? In its extreme form, this tendency is more common than previously believed, according to a new study. Going to sleep at 8 p.m. and waking up as early as 4 a.m. is called advanced sleep phase. It was believed to be rare, but this study concluded that it may affect at least one in 300 adults. In advanced sleep phase,...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Pot Poisonings Among Kids, Teens Double After Medical Marijuana Law Passed

Pot-related poisoning calls involving kids and teens more than doubled in Massachusetts after the state legalized medical marijuana, a new study reports. Calls related to cannabis exposure increased 140% in the years after Massachusetts voted to legalize medical pot in 2012, according to data from the state's regional poison control center. This happened...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Toxic Pond Algae Is Killing Dogs -- How to Protect Your Pooch

Your dog bounds heedlessly into a local lake or pond, playfully splashing in the water. But within minutes, your canine companion is staggering, drooling or suffering seizures. Left untreated, the dog will likely die. This fate has befallen a handful of pooches exposed to toxic algae blooms this year, experts say. "Blue-green algae is a bacteria...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

A Fatty Meal Might Affect How You Absorb CBD

Having a cheeseburger with that CBD-infused product? A new study suggests that fatty foods might boost the body's absorption of cannabidiol (CBD). In 2018, CBD capsules received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for use in patients with seizures, but how food affects absorption of the drug has been unclear. In this study, University of Minnesota...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Highlights: Aug. 16, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Cases of Severe Lung Injury After Vaping Reported in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin Four cases of severe lung injury possibly linked with vaping in Minnesota are similar to dozens of cases in Wisconsin and Illinois. The patients had symptoms such...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Do You Know Your Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level?

You might know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, but do you know your cardiorespiratory fitness level? Experts at the American Heart Association think this number may be an even better gauge of heart health. Cardiorespiratory fitness shows how aerobically fit you are and how effectively your circulatory system sends oxygen throughout your...

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Your Medicine Is Polluting Our Environment

Doctors prescribe medicines to treat a disease, correct a deficiency, or prevent a condition from happening. For example, beta blockers help lower blood pressure, iron tablets correct iron deficiency, and birth control pills prevent pregnancy. We take our prescribed medication as directed (or sometimes we don’t!) and expect it to do what it is meant […]

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Green Gold

The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill by Trump in December last year paved the way for a more widespread (yet still restricted) cultivation of hemp and a more regulated cannabidiol (CBD) market. And that market is currently booming, with a forecasted revenue of over 22 million by 2022. But there is still a lot […]

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Worshipping The Wine (or Beer) God or Godess

For many Americans, alcohol is a big part of their life. No matter the occasion, from weddings to birthday parties, family gatherings to date nights, most assume alcohol will be available. In fact, more than 50% of people say they would enjoy a major event less if alcohol was prohibited. But at what point does […]

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