New MS Drug Approved by FDA

Tweet SOURCES: Christopher Lock, MD, Stanford Health Care, Stanford, CA. Clyde E. Markowitz, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. G. Giovannoni, ECTRIMS Online Library, Sept. 15, 2016. S.L. Hauser, The New England Journal of Medicine, Dec. 21, 2016. X Montalban, The New England Journal of Medicine, Dec. 21, 2016. Anthony Traboulsee, Neurology, April 5, 2016. FDA: “FDA approves new drug to...
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Heroin Epidemic Expands Its Grip on America

Tweet The increase in the prevalence of heroin is related to the prescription opioid epidemic, as people transition from painkillers to heroin, Martins explained. It is also related to availability, lower cost and the dangerous characteristics of heroin sold today. “There is more heroin laced with fentanyl [a powerful synthetic narcotic] than in the past,” Martins noted. The researchers...
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Breast Cancer Radiation May Be Risky for Smokers

Tweet WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Breast cancer patients who smoke have an increased risk for serious long-term complications from radiation therapy, a new study finds. “This research highlights that breast cancer patients who smoke need to be offered help and support in order to try and quit to minimize any risks from their treatment,” Dr. Julie Sharp said in a...
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New Eczema Drug Gets FDA’s Blessing

Tweet TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Adults plagued by eczema may have a new treatment option, with a new drug approved Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dupixent (dupilumab) injections treat moderate-to-severe eczema in patients whose condition is not controlled by topical treatments or who should not use topical treatments. Eczema inflames the skin, making it red...
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More Older Women Hitting the Bottle Hard

Tweet It’s not clear why this is happening, Breslow added. “There is a great deal of speculation that baby boomers drank more when they were young and continue to drink more as a group. There is some limited evidence to support this speculation,” she said. “We did find that more younger boomers, ages 60 to 64, both men and women, were drinking than people of the same age...
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Knee Replacement Doesn’t Always Pay: Researchers

Tweet TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Knee replacement surgery isn’t always a game changer, according to a new study that raises questions about the increasingly common procedure. The patients who benefit most have severe osteoarthritis. But for people with milder symptoms, the expense might not be justified, researchers determined. “This study suggests we should reconsider...
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Lead Exposure as Child, Lower IQ as Adult?

Tweet TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Adults who had high levels of lead exposure during childhood may have lower IQs and poorer-paying jobs as adults, a new study suggests. Researchers followed more than 500 New Zealanders from birth in the 1970s to adulthood. When the study began, New Zealand had some of the highest gasoline lead levels in the world. Breathing in leaded...
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High Doses of Vitamin D Fail to Cut Cancer Risk

Tweet TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — High doses of vitamin D supplements may not lower older women’s risk of developing cancer, a new clinical trial finds. Many studies have hinted that vitamin D might help ward off cancer. Some, for example, have found that people with higher blood levels of the vitamin have lower rates of certain cancers, including colon and breast cancers. In...
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Marathons May Cause Short-Term Kidney Injury

Tweet TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Any marathoner will tell you that the grueling 26-mile races can do a number on the hips, knees, ankles and feet. Now, a small study suggests that these tests of endurance are also tough on the kidneys. “Marathon runners demonstrate transient or reverse short-term kidney injury,” said Dr. Chirag Parikh, professor of medicine at Yale...
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Beef Taquito Products Recalled

Tweet March 27, 2017 — More than 35,000 pounds of “Jose Ole Taquitos Beef Carne De Res in Corn Tortillas Crispy and Crunchy” have been recalled due to possible contamination with rubber and plastic. The frozen ready-to-eat products were produced by Texas-based Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. on Dec. 30, 2016 with case codes 3366365A, 3366365B, 3366365C, 3366365D and a Best By date of December...
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