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Posted today in FDA Alerts

Testosterone and Other Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS): FDA Statement - Risks Associated With Abuse and Dependence

ISSUE: FDA approved class-wide labeling changes for all prescription testosterone products, adding a new Warning and updating the Abuse and Dependence section to include new safety information from published literature and case reports regarding the risks associated with abuse and dependence of testosterone and other AAS.  The Anabolic Steroids Control...

Posted today in Medical

Medical Marijuana Not a Lure for Kids: Study

Are U.S. kids who live in states with legal medical marijuana more likely to smoke pot? The answer appears to be no, a new study suggests. However, the study did find that people over 25 were smoking more marijuana after the laws took effect. "There were only increases in marijuana use and in the perceived availability of marijuana use after the enactment...

Posted today in Medical

Health Highlights: Oct. 25, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Nurse and Hospital Settle Lawsuit Over Ebola Infection A Texas hospital and a nurse who became infected with Ebola while caring for a patient have settled a lawsuit. Nina Pham sued Texas Health Resources, the parent company of the Texas Health...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for First-Line Treatment of Certain Patients with Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

(BUSINESS WIRE) October 24, 2016 --Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda (pembrolizumab), the company’s anti-PD-1 (programmed death receptor-1) therapy, for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung...

Posted 2 days ago in Clinical Trials

GSK Announces US Regulatory Submission of Candidate Vaccine for Prevention of Shingles

GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) today announced that it has submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) for its candidate shingles vaccine, Shingrix, to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), seeking approval for the prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) in people aged 50 years or over. The candidate vaccine is a non-live,...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Use Football Safety Equipment Correctly

-- The correct protective gear can help keep kids safer while they're playing football. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that: Your child's protective gear is well maintained and fits properly. Shoe laces should be properly tied, and the child's shoes should match the playing surface. The football uniform and all padding should fit...

Posted today in Medical

Doctors Should Promote Breast-Feeding to Patients: Panel

Doctors should provide breast-feeding support and guidance to new mothers and pregnant women, an expert panel says. This includes education about the benefits of breast-feeding, encouragement and practical help on how to breast-feed, according to the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation. Primary care providers should help women make...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Enjoy an Active Autumn

-- Autumn is a great time of year to help your family eat and move well. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Go for a run or enjoy a nature hike. Start a family game of football. Eat a healthy meal about three hours before a workout, and have a healthy snack about an hour before. Choose meals balanced with protein and carbohydrates,...

Posted today in Medical

Birthing Pool Not the Place to Deliver, New Guidelines Say

While a birthing pool during the early stages of labor may offer some advantages, women should not deliver their baby in the water, new guidelines advise. Birthing pools can be found in hospitals, birthing centers or at home. A woman in labor lies in a tub of warm water to help ease delivery. "Immersion in water during the first stage of labor may...

Posted today in Medical

Long Spaceflight Seems to Weaken Spinal Muscles

After months in space, the muscles supporting an astronaut's spine shrink, a new study finds. And, the muscles don't return to normal even after the astronaut is back on Earth for several weeks, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, discovered. But there were no changes in astronauts' spinal disc height, according to the study. The...

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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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