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Does 'Juvy' Confinement Jeopardize Long-Term Health?

Young people in juvenile detention or jail may suffer health effects that last well into adulthood, a pair of new studies suggests. Together, they suggest incarcerated teens will face higher rates of depression, worse physical health, and a greater risk of sexually transmitted diseases, compared to other young Americans. Experts said the studies highlight...

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E-Cigarettes Not a Smoking Deterrent for Kids

There's no evidence that e-cigarettes are driving down teen smoking -- and, in fact, they may be drawing in kids who otherwise would never have smoked, a new study suggests. Researchers said the findings add to concerns about teenagers' use of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine -- along with flavoring and other...

Posted 2 days ago in Clinical Trials

OncoMed Initiates Enrollment of Phase 1b Clinical Trial of Brontictuzumab for the Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients

OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMED), a clinical-stage company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer stem cell and immuno-oncology therapeutics, today announced dosing of the first patient in a Phase 1b clinical trial of brontictuzumab (anti-Notch1, OMP-52M51) plus chemotherapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. The...

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Health Tip: Choosing a Pest Control Service

-- Pests are a nuisance and may be a health hazard. But you're not doing your family any favors by using toxic chemicals inappropriately. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends: Get estimates from several recommended companies in your area. Ask questions about their processes. Ask how long each company has been in business at the current...

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Health Tip: Ward Off Infection From Ear Piercing

-- Caring for pierced ears can help keep the piercings clean and prevent infection. Here is advice from the American Academy of Dermatologists: Never touch newly pierced ears without first washing your hands. Don't remove your first pair of earrings for at least six weeks. This helps the holes stay open. A few times each day, gently twist earrings...

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U.S. Deaths From Cervical Cancer May Be Underestimated

The number of women who die from cervical cancer in the United States may be higher than previously believed, and the risk is greatest among older and black women, a new study finds. "This is a preventable disease and women should not be getting it, let alone dying from it," study leader Anne Rositch, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns...

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Could Obesity Undermine Memory Training in Older Adults?

Memory training is far less effective in older adults who are obese than those who aren't, a new study finds. The research included about 2,800 people, average age 74, who were followed for more than 10 years. Obese participants gained only one-third of the benefit of memory training compared with those who weren't obese, the study authors said. However,...

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Health Highlights: Jan. 23, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Sierra Nevada Beer Recalled A glass packaging flaw has led to the recall of certain batches of 12-ounce bottles of beer made by the Sierra Nevada Beer Co. Quality inspections detected some bottles with a flaw that may lead to loss of carbonation and...

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2 Republican Senators to Unveil Obamacare Alternative

Two Senate Republicans plan to propose a bill Monday that they say would serve as a replacement for Obamacare. In a statement, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would unveil the "Patient Freedom Act of 2017" as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The controversial health reform law has been the target of...

Posted 2 days ago in Clinical Trials

ChemoCentryx Announces Presentation of Data from Ongoing Phase Ib Clinical Trial of CCR2 Inhibitor CCX872 in Patients with Advanced Non-Resectable Pancreatic Cancer

ChemoCentryx, Inc., (Nasdaq:CCXI) today announced the presentation of results from its immuno-oncology program at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2017 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium being held January 19-21, 2017 in San Francisco, California. The presentation highlights results from a continuing open-label, single-arm Phase Ib...

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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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