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Weekly Drug News Round-Up: March 20, 2019

FDA Approves Zulresso as First Treatment For Postpartum Depression Side effects include sleepiness, dry mouth, loss of consciousness and flushing Read More... Postpartum depression (PPD) is a major depressive episode that occurs following childbirth or during pregnancy with symptoms of sadness, loss of interest, inability to feel pleasure, and lack...

Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Sunosi (solriamfetol) for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Associated with Narcolepsy or Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sunosi (solriamfetol) to improve wakefulness in adult patients with excessive daytime sleepiness associated with narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Once-daily Sunosi is approved with doses of 75 mg and 150 mg for patients with narcolepsy and...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Reading Food Labels for Diabetics

-- For people with diabetes, maintaining a healthy diet can be vital to a treatment plan. Reading food labels can help diabetics make the best choices, the Mayo Clinic says. When reading food labels, the clinic suggests: Choose healthy fats, such as olive, canola or peanut oil. Avoid trans and saturated fats. Pick food with 3 grams or more of...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Zulresso (brexanolone) for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zulresso (brexanolone) injection for intravenous (IV) use for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD) in adult women. This is the first drug approved by the FDA specifically for PPD. "Postpartum depression is a serious condition that, when severe, can be life-threatening. Women may...

Posted yesterday in FDA Alerts

FDA Updates on Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker (ARB) Recalls

Investigation ongoing – This page to be updated as more information is available IMPORTANT: Medications containing only amlodipine or hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) are not being recalled. Manufacturers are recalling medications containing amlodipine in combination with valsartan or losartan, and medications containing hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ in combination...

Posted today in Medical

Health Highlights: March 21, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Kentucky Governor Exposed His Children to Chickenpox Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's revelation that he exposed his children to chickenpox so they would get the disease and become immune is "unfortunate" and "not an example" for others, an infectious...

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Strengthening Family Ties Through Online Gaming

Video games provide unlimited entertainment, and interactive ones can even help you burn off calories. But you may not know that playing games -- either in person or through shared online networks -- can unite family members from many generations in meaningful ways. Researchers at Concordia University in Montreal found that playing social network...

Posted today in Medical

Stretches to Strengthen Your Core

Ever had a bad spasm from bending down to pick up your child or tie your shoes? Keeping your core muscles -- the workhorses that stabilize your spine -- flexible with a stretching routine can help prevent this common occurrence and protect your back in general. The Pelvic Tilt targets your lower back and your abdominals. Lie on your back with knees...

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Three Clues to Raised Risk of Miscarriage

A woman's age and previous pregnancy complications influence her odds of miscarriage, a new study says. The findings suggest that miscarriage and other pregnancy complications share underlying causes that require further investigation, according to the researchers. "More focused studies of these associations might lead to new insights," they wrote...

Posted today in Medical

Topical Drug Combo Does Double Duty Against Common Skin Lesions, Cancers

Tens of millions of Americans develop sun-linked skin lesions called actinic keratoses, which are tied to later cancer risk. Many will get a combo of treatments to help clear the blemishes. Now, research shows that the same two-ointment combo -- one used to ward off skin cancer and the other a psoriasis drug -- also greatly reduce the odds for squamous...

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Just How Did Cancer-causing Nitrosamines End Up in Our Medications?

If you take medication for blood pressure or heart failure, chances are you have been affected by, or at least heard of, the recent recall of over 75 different generics of valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan and their combinations. 75 different generics? But how can so many different manufacturers be affected when the FDA strictly oversees […]

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HIV and the Hope of Becoming HIV-Free

Many people believe HIV started sometime in the 1980s in the United States. But this is not true. In fact, the first acquisition of HIV most likely happened in the 1920s, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital, Kinshasa, as a result of an adaption of the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) that was able […]

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Recognizing the Dangers of Vaccination Misinformation

Becoming a parent is a wonderful, amazing experience. But it can also be a confusing and overwhelming one too. Firstly, there’s constant worry over whether your baby is sleeping, feeding, or pooping enough or too much. Secondly, there’s a whole range of never-heard-of-before conditions to deal with such as baby acne, colic, cradle cap, diaper […]

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