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Top 5 Alternatives to Medication for Chronic Pain Management

Everyone has experienced physical pain at some point in their lives, sometimes severe or unbearable pain, yet with treatment and time, pain recedes in the majority of cases. However, as many as 100 million Americans suffer from persistent or chronic pain (pain which lasts several months), according...

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Ritalin ‘the best medication for children with ADHD’

Methylphenidate drugs, of which Ritalin (methylphenidate hcl) is probably the most well known, is the safest and most effective medication for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a recent study concluded.  Published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, the study...

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Back-to-school checklist: Pens, books… vaccines?

Summer vacation is nearly over, which for many parents means it’s time to draw up back-to-school checklists and ensure their children have everything needed to return to classes. Most lists will feature the usual items; stationery, a new backpack, books, uniform; but there is one more...

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Azedra: First treatment for rare adrenal tumors approved by FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Azedra (iobenguane I 131), the first drug approved for treatment of rare unresectable adrenal gland tumors that spread beyond the original tumor site and need treating with a systemic anti-cancer therapy.  Adrenal glands, situated above...

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Biosimilar for cancer drug Neupogen approved by FDA

Patients with neutropenia may have improved access to treatment following the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) approval of Nivestym (filgrastim-aafi), a biosimilar for Amgen biologic Neupogen (filgrastim).  The FDA’s approval of the biosimilar was based on a review...

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CDC: One-third of Americans in rural counties are obese

Over one-third (34.2 percent) of adults living in America’s rural counties are obese, according to the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Obesity prevalence was significantly higher among adults in the nation’s...

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Fluoroquinolone antibiotics to carry stronger side effect warnings

New safety labeling changes for fluoroquinolone antibiotics, require these medications to carry stronger warnings about potential mental health side effects and the risk of serious blood sugar disturbances. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced measures to improve labeling consistency...

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FDA approves first plant-derived cannabinoid (CBD) drug

Epidiolex (cannabidiol) is the first medication based on a purified drug substance, cannabidiol (CBD), derived from marijuana to gain approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drug is indicated for patients aged two years and older with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet...

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Pfizer raises price of Lipitor, Viagra and around 40 other drugs

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has raised the price of more than 40 of its medications, including cholesterol-lowering medicine Lipitor (atorvastatin) and erectile dysfunction drug Viagra (sildenafil). It is the second time the company has announced price increases this year, having raised the price...

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NIA urges seniors to stay safe during summer heat

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has issued guidelines to help older adults reduce the risk of hyperthermia, or heat-related health conditions, during the hot summer months.  Seniors are particularly vulnerable to heat-related ailments, such as heat stroke, heat edema, heat cramps, heat...

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