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FDA Approves First Two-Drug Regimen for HIV

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first two-drug treatment regimen to treat HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus type 1) in certain patients. Standard HIV treatment protocols contain three or more medications. The drug, called Jul...

How to Avoid Food Poisoning at Your Holiday Table

As the holiday season begins, many of us are turning our thoughts to family, friends, and food. As we prepare, it’s especially important to keep food poisoning prevention in mind too. Undercooked animal products (we’re looking at you, Tom Turkey), co...

Five Subgroups of Eczema Identified

In a large study conducted in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, researchers identified five subgroups of eczema – a finding that could explain why the skin condition can affect people differently throughout their lives. Eczema, also called atop...

Heart Disease May Affect Walking Speed in Seniors

There may be a link between heart disease and slower walking speed in adults between 60 and 78, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. In fact, according to researchers, the more risk factors for heart disea...

Saliva Test May Help Diagnose Concussion

Clues from saliva could help accurately diagnose and predict the severity of concussions in children, say researchers at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Results of their small study on concussions were published in JAMA Pedia...

FDA Okays Epinephrine Auto-Injector for Small Kids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just approved Auvi-Q – the first epinephrine auto-injector designed to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, in babies and small children weighing between 16½ and 33 pounds. The device ...

Get a Hunting Dog, Live Longer?

Results of a Swedish study published in Scientific Reports suggest that owning a dog is linked to a lower risk for heart disease and death. Why would this be the case? Dog owners engage in more physical activity (walking the dog), experience an impro...

Are You Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies?

Just one in 10 U.S. adults meets federal recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a report in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Daily fruit and vegetable guidelines vary from 1½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2 ...

Will a 'Digital Pill' Make You Take Your Medicine?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first “digital pill” system that can inform doctors when patients have taken their medicine. The system is designed for use with Abilify (aripiprazole) – a drug commonly used to treat ...

Sleep Apnea? Therapy Could Improve Your Life

A new study suggests positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy improves sleep quality and quality of life for people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). According to researchers, the best results were observed in people with OSA who adhere closely to th...