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Body Gestures Aid Conversation

Talking with your hands has taken on a new level of importance in communication, researchers report. They found that hand and body gestures got responses faster when someone asked a question during a conversation. The researchers analyzed question-and-response sequences as 21 volunteers interacted, and they found a strong link between body gestures...

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How Would Your Family Weather a Disaster?

News coverage of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have made one thing abundantly clear: Planning for disasters could save your life. "The biggest issue that we as first responders run into is that people fail to plan. Then things that could have been simple issues become big problems," said Scott Buchle, program manager for Penn State Health Life Lion EMS....

Posted 3 days ago in FDA Alerts

Opioid Addiction Medications in Patients Taking Benzodiazepines or CNS Depressants: Drug Safety Communication - Careful Medication Management Can Reduce Risks

ISSUE: Based on additional review, FDA is advising that the opioid addiction medications buprenorphine and methadone should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system (CNS). The combined use of these drugs increases the risk of serious side effects; however, the harm caused by untreated...

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You Won't Believe What Lived Inside This Boy's Eye

For one unfortunate Mexican teenager, an unwanted tenant living in his eye led to what may be a permanent loss of vision, doctors report. As published Sept. 21 in The New England Journal of Medicine, an unnamed 17-year-old boy from a rural town in Mexico came to a hospital after suffering impaired vision and pain in his right eye for three weeks. According...

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Drone Sets New Record for Transporting Blood Samples

A new distance record for delivery of blood samples by a medical drone has been set. A Johns Hopkins University drone transported dozens of human blood samples across 161 miles of Arizona desert. Throughout the three-hour flight, proper temperature control was maintained and the samples were usable for laboratory testing after reaching their destination. "We...

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One Weight-Loss Surgery Shows Lasting Results

Obesity surgery can have long-lasting effects on weight and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study finds. Doctors have known that a type of obesity surgery, called gastric bypass, works in the short-term. Patients typically lose a lot of weight, and obesity-related health problems can be prevented or even cured. But...

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Chlorine plus Pee equals Breathing Trouble for Waterpark Workers

Another summer ends, and at least some of America's waterpark attendants may be breathing easier, a new report finds. The research -- conducted at an unnamed indoor waterpark in Ohio last year -- found that high levels of chlorine in water can mix with patrons' sweat and urine to create a toxic atmospheric brew. In fact, the investigation "found that...

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For Men, Fitness Can Often Last a Lifetime

Active middle-aged men are likely to stay active into old age, a new study finds. The research included nearly 3,500 British men, aged 40 to 59 at the start of the study. The researchers followed the men's health for 20 years. Those who were physically active in mid-life were nearly three times more likely to be active at the end of the study period. Men...

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Health Tip: Stair Safety For Older People

-- Some elderly people are at heightened risk for falling, especially at home. Six of 10 falls occur within the home -- often due to lax stair safety, the National Institute on Aging says. The agency offers these safety suggestions: Install tightly-fastened handrails on both sides of the stairs. Always hold the handrails while going up and down...

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Health Highlights: Sept. 21, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: More Fetal Deaths, Fewer Pregnancies When Flint Had High Lead Levels in Drinking Water: Study There was an increase in fetal deaths and a decrease in pregnancies when Flint, Michigan had high levels of lead in its drinking water, a new study says. The...

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Drugs.com Recognized as ‘Health Information Website Brand of the Year’ in 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study

The team at Drugs.com is humbled and heartened to have been recognized as the ‘Health Information Website Brand of the Year‘ in the 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study. The annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study measures and compares a brand’s health over time and against key competitors. Other categories measured include travel, financial, automotive and entertainment. […]

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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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