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Scientists ID Gene that May Hold Key to Muscle Repair by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Researchers have long questioned why patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) tend to manage well through childhood and adolescence, yet succumb to their dise ... Read on »
Lymphoma Risk From TNF Blockers in Teens, Says FDA by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to receive reports of a rare cancer of white blood cells (known as Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma or HSTCL), prim ... Read on »
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Patients Don’t Tell Their Doc’s by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Despite their high use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Americans over the age of 50 often do not discuss CAM use with their health care providers, a ... Read on »
Dengue Fever Diagnostic Test Approved for Marketing by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today allowed marketing of the first test to help diagnose people with signs and symptoms of dengue fever or dengue hemor ... Read on »
Antimicrobial Resistance a Growing Health Threat, Says CDC by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Millions of Americans take antimicrobial drugs each year to fight illness, trusting they will work. However, the bacteria, viruses and other pathogens are fighting b ... Read on »
U.S. Cancer Rates Decline by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Rates of death in the United States from all cancers for men and women continued to decline between 2003 and 2007, the most recent reporting period ava ... Read on »
Company Recalls Hazelnuts Linked to E. Coli by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine DeFranco & Sons of Los Angeles, Calif. is voluntarily recalling bulk and consumer-packaged in-shell hazelnuts and mixed-nut products containing in-shell hazelnuts. The ... Read on »
Epilepsy Drug Topiramate May Increase Birth Defect Risk by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine New data suggest that the drug Topamax and its generic versions (topiramate) increase the risk for the birth defects cleft lip and cleft palate in babies born to women ... Read on »
Hypertension Drug Letairis Gets New Boxed Warning: No Monthly Liver Enyme Test Required by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Monthly liver enzyme tests are no longer required for those taking Letairis tablets (ambrisentan), according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drug i ... Read on »
Opioids in Early Pregnancy Doubles Risk of Birth Defects, Says Study by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Babies born to women who take opioid pain killers such as codeine, oxycodone or hydrocodone just before or in early pregnancy are at increased but modest risk of birth ... Read on »
New Drug (Daliresp) to Treat COPD Approved by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved roflumilast (Daliresp), a pill taken daily to decrease the frequency of flare-ups  or worsening of symptoms from severe ... Read on »
ICU Bloodstream Infections Decline Dramatically by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The number of bloodstream infections in intensive care unit patients with central lines decreased by 58 percent in 2009 compared to 2001, according to the Centers fo ... Read on »
Smoking While Pregnant Raises Risk of Infant Heart Defects by Up to 70% by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Maternal cigarette smoking in the first trimester was associated with a 20 to 70 percent greater likelihood that a baby would be born with certain types of congenital ... Read on »
New Drug, Edarbi, Approved to Treat High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)valsartan by MedNews Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Edarbi tablets (azilsartan medoxomil) to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults. Data from clinica ... Read on »