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Pets Help Homeless Youth, Study Finds

Pets may bring many health benefits to homeless children, but they can also make it tougher to find shelter or to use other social services, new Canadian research suggests. A team of researchers, led by scientists at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, found homeless young people who have pets are less likely to abuse drugs or...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Cinqair (reslizumab) to Treat Severe Asthma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Cinqair (reslizumab) for use with other asthma medicines for the maintenance treatment of severe asthma in patients aged 18 years and older. Cinqair is approved for patients who have a history of severe asthma attacks (exacerbations) despite receiving their current asthma medicines. Asthma is a...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Many Kidney Transplant Patients Land in ER Within 2 Years: Study

More than half of kidney transplant recipients wind up in an emergency department within two years of their operation, a new study finds. The researchers looked at more than 10,500 kidney transplant patients in California, Florida and New York. The investigators found that ER visits were made by 12 percent of patients within one month, 40 percent of...

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Mammograms May Also Help Spot Heart Disease, Study Suggests

The standard breast cancer screening test, mammography, may offer a surprising extra benefit -- the ability to check heart health, new research suggests. When radiologists look at mammograms for signs of breast cancer, they can also see calcium deposits that have built up in the arteries that supply blood to the breasts, said researcher Dr. Laurie...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Highlights: March 25, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Comedian Garry Shandling Dies at 66 Comedian Garry Shandling died following a "medical emergency" in his Los Angeles home on Thursday. He was 66. After getting a 911 call about the actor, writer and producer, Shandling was taken to a Los Angeles hospital...

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Health Tip: Setting Yourself Up for Better Sleep

-- Allowing your mind and body to relax before bed helps prepare you for a better night's sleep. The Harvard Medical School advises: Avoid any sleep-disrupting things, such as alcohol, caffeine or nicotine. Make sure dinner is light and early. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but cut back before bed. Design a bedroom that is cool, dark and...

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Nearly All U.S. Doctors 'Overprescribe' Addictive Narcotic Painkillers: Survey

When American doctors give their patients narcotic painkillers, 99 percent of them hand out prescriptions that exceed the federally recommended three-day dosage limit, new research suggests. And some doctors exceeded that limit by a lot: Nearly one-quarter gave out month-long dosages, despite the fact that research has shown that a month's use of prescription...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Mild Appendicitis Complication Rates Similar for Surgery, Antibiotics

Antibiotics can be used to treat mild appendicitis, but the condition returns in some patients who receive the drugs, researchers report. Surgical removal of the appendix (appendectomy) has long been the standard treatment for appendicitis, which is when the appendix becomes inflamed and infected. Millions of appendectomies are performed worldwide each...

Posted yesterday in Medical

ER Docs Only Ask Half of Suicidal Patients About Guns, Study Shows

Only half of suicidal patients in U.S. emergency departments (EDs) are asked if they have access to guns, a new study finds. National guidelines say doctors should ask suicidal patients about their access to guns or other deadly items, the researchers noted. They interviewed more than 1,300 emergency department patients in seven states who had either...

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Heart Attacks Striking Younger, Fatter Americans: Study

Heart attack victims in the United States are becoming younger and fatter, a new study reveals. The average age of people suffering the deadliest heart attacks fell from 64 years old to 60 years old over the past two decades, Cleveland Clinic researchers report. And obesity is now implicated in 40 percent of severe heart attacks. Heart attack sufferers...

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Can the U.S. Win the War On Opioids?

Remember the “War on Drugs”? This may conjure images of Mexican drug lords, packages of smuggled cocaine, or clandestine DEA agents. But now we all know that the real bandit is found right in our own home — in our bathroom medicine cabinets. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 44 people in the […]

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FDA Flashback: The Top Five New Drug Approvals From 2015

This past year close to 100 new drugs were FDA-approved, so it’s encouraging to look back and see the progress that’s been made as 2015 ends. In fact, more than 40 novel drugs, including a new drug class for patients with high cholesterol, a first-time biosimilar, a life-saving heart failure drug, and a controversial agent to […]

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The Search for an Affordable Drug: 3 Practices To Outlaw

It may come as a surprise that as a pharmacist I am as mad as anyone about the ongoing trend of prescription drug price gouging. The real tragedy is that this gouging is often occurring with older prescription drugs for rare diseases that have limited manufacturer availability. It’s not that they can’t be made inexpensively; […]

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