July 21, 2011
Health Tip: Manage COPD Symptoms
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
is an umbrella term for chronic lung diseases that can severely
undermine breathing. Examples include chronic bronchitis or
Health Tip: Recognizing Strange Behavior
If a family member or loved one begins to
display strange behavior, an underlying health issue could be
responsible, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.
Smartphones May Be Taxing Your Eyes
People reading text
messages or browsing the Internet on their smartphones tend to hold
the devices closer than they would a book or newspaper, forcing
their eyes to work harder than usual, new research shows.
Are Newer MS Drugs Worth Their High Price Tag?
Newer "biologic" drugs for
multiple sclerosis do benefit some patients, a new study finds, but
they are extraordinarily expensive and may not be cost-effective
when compared to more basic treatments.
FDA Approves Blood Thinner Brilinta for Heart
In a long-awaited move,
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Wednesday approved the
blood thinner Brilinta (ticagrelor) for use in patients with acute
coronary syndromes, to help lower their odds for heart attack and
Survey Suggests 'Sexting' Rampant in College
A survey of college
students suggests that "sexting" is rampant: More than half said
they have received sexual images on their phones, and almost eight
in 10 said they've gotten suggestive text messages.
Brilinta Approved for Acute Coronary Syndromes
Brilinta (ticagrelor) has
been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help
reduce the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular death among
people with acute coronary syndromes (ACS).
Tarceva Battles Lung Cancer in Some
New research finds that
the targeted cancer drug Tarceva nearly triples the amount of time
lung cancer patients survive without a recurrence and has fewer
side effects than standard chemotherapy.