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Health Highlights: Aug. 28, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Singapore Reports 40 cases of Local Zika Infection More than 40 cases of local Zika infection have occurred in Singapore, officials there reported Sunday. Singapore's first Zika infection was reported in May, by a man who had traveled to Brazil, the...

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'Good Dog' Usually Does the Trick

Many dogs prefer praise from their owners over food, researchers report. "We are trying to understand the basis of the dog-human bond and whether it's mainly about food, or about the relationship itself," Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta, said in a university news release. For a recent study, 15 dogs underwent brain imaging...

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Amgen Provides Update on Status of Parsabiv (Etelcalcetide) NDA Submitted to the U.S. FDA

Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Complete Response Letter for the New Drug Application (NDA) for Parsabiv (etelcalcetide) for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (sHPT) in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on hemodialysis. Amgen is reviewing the Complete Response...

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FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that the nation's entire blood supply be routinely screened for the Zika virus. In February, the FDA recommended testing of donated blood and blood components only in areas where Zika was actively spreading, but agency officials now say that universal testing is needed to further protect those...

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Hopes Dashed for Rare Bone Cancer Treatment

Adding extra drugs to chemotherapy doesn't benefit patients with a rare type of bone cancer, according to a new study. Osteosarcoma is diagnosed in about 600 people in the United States each year, mostly teenagers. With current treatments, only 65 to 70 percent of patients live three years after diagnosis without relapse or other cancers. Previous...

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Health Highlights: Aug. 26, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: No Olympics-Linked Zika Cases: WHO There have been no confirmed cases of Zika infection in anyone linked with the Rio Olympics, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Before the games, some experts expressed concerns that the huge event might...

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Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Surge in Overdose Deaths: CDC

Deaths from overdoses of the synthetic narcotic fentanyl have surged in recent years, U.S. health officials say in a troubling new report. As more fentanyl was sold illegally on the streets, the number of fatal overdoses jumped 79 percent in 27 states from 2013 to 2014, the government report found, while law enforcement seizures of the drug increased...

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New Take on Man's Friendship With Fido

Dogs were domesticated earlier than previously believed and in at least two separate locations, a new study indicates. "Most dogs today look like Eastern dogs, this has led to a misconception that the dogs were all domesticated in the East," said study co-author Anna Linderholm, an assistant professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University. An...

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Friendships Matter if You Want to Lose Weight

If you're trying to lose weight, it might be a good idea to hang out with thinner people, a new study suggests. Researchers made the discovery in analyzing a survey of more than 9,300 Americans between the ages of 18 and 65. Overweight people who want to drop weight are less likely to succeed if they only socialize with other overweight people. Though...

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More Americans Can Afford Medications Under Obamacare: Study

Though a growing number of Americans are able to afford prescription medications, millions still have difficulty, a new study finds. At the recession's height in 2009, over 25 million Americans said they had not filled a prescription in the previous year because they couldn't afford it, the analysis of federal government data showed. That was nearly...

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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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