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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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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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First biosimilar to cancer drug Neulasta approved by FDA

Fulphila (pegfilgrastim-jmdb) is the first biosimilar to Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) to gain approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Mylan GmbH medicine was approved as a treatment to reduce the risk of infection as suggested by febrile neutropenia (fever caused by a lack of...

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Top 5 Significant New Diabetes Drugs and Treatments in 2017

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent conditions in the United States, with figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggesting almost one in ten people live with the condition, the equivalent to 30 million people across the country.  The majority of cases - nine out of ten...

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Top 6 Important FDA Approvals from 2017

Over the course of 2017, the number of approvals granted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reached a 21-year high. More than 1,000 generic drugs were approved by the agency, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, while first-time generic drug approvals numbered 74. Novel drug...

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How to Minimize the Risk of Drug Side Effects

The majority of medication available over-the-counter or with a prescription comes with a risk of side effects, whether minor irritations or more serious health concerns. Each year, emergency rooms across the United States deal with more than 700,000 visits as a result of adverse drug events,...

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5 Tips to Help you Avoid Cold and Flu this Winter

It's that time of the year when the temperature starts to drop, winter weather is setting in, and more and more people are coming down with a cold or flu. It is important to stay healthy during the colder months of the year, but this is not always easy, particularly as you are increasingly exposed...

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5 Medical Conditions Where Antibiotics May Be Unnecessary

Antibiotics such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Amoxil (amoxicillin) are prescribed to treat a staggering range of different medical conditions, but their pervasive use could be reducing their efficacy in the long-term. The more these drugs are used, the greater the risk of antibiotic-resistant...

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10 Medicines To Include In Your Travel Health Kit

Everyone needs a vacation, but when traveling overseas it is important to make preparations to ensure holidays are not cut short by illness and sickness. Some simple steps include: packing prescription medications, and the prescriptions themselves; ensuring all vaccines are up to date; and checking...

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5 Top Tips for Safe Medication Management

The number of prescriptions filled in the United States has risen from 2.4 billion 1997 to 4.4 billion in 2016, according to figures from Quintiles IMS. With a recent Consumer Reports survey showing more than half of Americans regularly take prescription medication, the need for organized and safe...

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5 Common Sports-Related Injuries and Treatment Options

Sporting injuries or those caused during physical activity and exercise are among the most common in the US, particularly among the nation's children. Figures from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and American Academy of Pediatrics suggest around 3.5 million sporting injuries are suffered by kids...

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Tablet, Capsule or Liquid? Your Medicine Formulations Explained

Medication is a crucial tool to diagnose, treat and prevent disease and illness, but there are many forms and different routes of administration available on pharmacy shelves, and understanding the options available can be a challenge. Even familiar over-the-counter medicines such as Zyrtec or...

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10 Vaccinations Parents Should Consider for Infants

Keeping up to date with vaccinations and immunization records plays an important role in staying one step ahead of infectious diseases. It is particularly important in children and infants, with modern vaccines providing protection against a number of illnesses that can prove dangerous and...

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Top Branded OTC Medicines Picked by Pharmacists for 2017

Over-the-counter (OTC) medication offers quick and convenient relief for a whole range of symptoms, conditions and ailments, but with a bewildering variety of products available in pharmacies and drugstores, making an informed decision about OTC medicine can be a challenge for consumers. Should you...

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How to Dispose of Expired or Out-of-Date Medication

Look through the drawers and cupboards of most households in the United States it's likely you'll find a blister pack or pill bottle with out-of-date or expired medication tucked away somewhere. So what should you do with these medicines? Are they safe to use, and how should you dispose of them if...

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How to manage and control grass allergy symptoms

Late spring and early summer are the toughest times of the year for many patients suffering from grass allergies and hay fever. Grasses and plants release grains of pollen to fertilize other plants, but many people struggle with allergic reactions to these pollens. These cause uncomfortable...

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5 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Prescription Medication

Over the last 12 months, one-quarter of Americans have experienced an increase in the cost of their prescription medication, according to Consumer Reports. The organization's Best Buy Drugs Prescription Costs and Concerns nationally representative survey found six out of ten patients with rising...

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