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Exposure to Air Pollutants May Up Risk for Macular Degeneration

Chronic exposure to high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) is associated with an increased risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in a population in Taiwan, according to a study published online Aug. 19 in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. Kuang-Hsi Chang, from Tungs' Taichung Metroharbor Hospital in Taiwan, and...

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Health Tip: Tooth Whitening Safety

-- Tooth whitening is a cosmetic treatment that can remove unsightly stains. From dental office procedures to at-home whiteners, there are many safe and effective whitening options, says the American Dental Association. Before whitening, the ADA encourages people to: Check with your dentist. Whitening is not recommended for everyone. For over-the-counter...

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How Helpful Are Self-Help Programs?

There's no shortage of self-help apps, videos and podcasts on topics from having better mental health to having a better six-pack. Though the programs they offer bring the convenience of working at your own pace and in your own space, it's important that you evaluate any program on its merits before committing your time and energy. Also, realize that...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Xenleta (lefamulin) to Treat Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia (CABP)

Nabriva Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: NBRV), a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the commercialization and development of innovative anti-infective agents to treat serious infections, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Nabriva’s new drug applications for the oral and intravenous (IV) formulations of Xenleta...

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Health Tip: Lifting Heavy Things

-- Lifting heavy things is a leading cause of workplace injury, says the University of North Carolina. People who practice smart lifting techniques are less likely to suffer muscle sprains, pulls and injuries caused by heavy lifting. To properly lift a heavy item, the school recommends: Prepare for the load. Think about if you are suited for the...

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Asian Study Finds Diabetes, Heart Failure a Dangerous Duo

Asian heart failure patients who also have type 2 diabetes can develop changes in the structure of their heart and are at increased risk for hospitalizations and premature death, a new study finds. Diabetes is on the rise worldwide, and it's common for patients to have both diabetes and heart failure. There has been extensive research into the combination...

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Health Highlights: Aug. 21, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: CBP Won't Vaccinate Migrants Against Flu The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency's announcement that it won't vaccinate migrants is being slammed by public health experts. Since December, three migrant children in U.S custody have died...

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More Antibiotics, Higher Odds for Colon Cancer?

Taking certain antibiotics -- especially multiple times or for long courses -- may put you at risk for colon cancer, a large new study suggests. The researchers found that as people's antibiotic use increased, their odds of being diagnosed with colon cancer inched up. Specifically, the risk was tied to antibiotics that kill anaerobic bacteria -- which...

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Women With Diabetes More Likely Than Men to Not Take Meds as Prescribed

Women with diagnosed diabetes are more likely than men to not take their medications as prescribed, according to an August data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. Robin A. Cohen, Ph.D., and Amy E. Cha, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville,...

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Depression, Substance Use Increasing in Former Smokers

Among former smokers, the prevalence of depression and substance use has increased over time, according to a study published online Aug. 20 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Keely Cheslack-Postava, Ph.D., from Columbia University in New York City, and colleagues examined the prevalence and trends over time in depression, marijuana use,...

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Your Medicine Is Polluting Our Environment

Doctors prescribe medicines to treat a disease, correct a deficiency, or prevent a condition from happening. For example, beta blockers help lower blood pressure, iron tablets correct iron deficiency, and birth control pills prevent pregnancy. We take our prescribed medication as directed (or sometimes we don’t!) and expect it to do what it is meant […]

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Green Gold

The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill by Trump in December last year paved the way for a more widespread (yet still restricted) cultivation of hemp and a more regulated cannabidiol (CBD) market. And that market is currently booming, with a forecasted revenue of over 22 million by 2022. But there is still a lot […]

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Worshipping The Wine (or Beer) God or Godess

For many Americans, alcohol is a big part of their life. No matter the occasion, from weddings to birthday parties, family gatherings to date nights, most assume alcohol will be available. In fact, more than 50% of people say they would enjoy a major event less if alcohol was prohibited. But at what point does […]

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