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Secondhand Smoke May Harm Kids’ Eyes

Secondhand Smoke May Harm Kids’ Eyes

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Healthy Kids News MONDAY, Oct. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Smoking around kids may harm their vision as their eyes are still developing, a new study suggests. Secondhand smoke has long been linked to increased risks for cancer and stroke in adults, and asthma, lung infections and sudden infant death […]

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Health Tip: Understanding Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Health Tip: Understanding Omega-3 Fatty Acids

(HealthDay News) — Omega-3 fatty acids are essential elements that the body doesn’t make on its own, says the Cleveland Clinic. Fish, plants and supplements are among the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Latest Heart News Potentially Fatal Buildup of Proteins in the Heart Health Tip: Living With Leg Swelling Aspirin, Anti-Clotting Meds Safe […]

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lamivudine (3tc) (Epivir; Epivir HBV)

lamivudine (3tc) (Epivir; Epivir HBV)

What are the uses for lamivudine? Lamivudine is used for the treatment of HIV infection and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. It also is used off-label for prevention of HIV among individuals accidentally exposed to HIV. What brand names are available for lamivudine? Epivir, Epivir HBV Is lamivudine available as a generic drug? Yes Do […]

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collagenase clostridium histolyticum, Xiaflex

collagenase clostridium histolyticum, Xiaflex

What is collagenase clostridium histolyticum, and what is it used for? Xiaflex is an injectable formulation of purified collagenase derived from the bacterium, clostridium histolyticum. It is used for treating Dupuytren’s contracture. A Dupuytren’s contraction is caused by an abnormal accumulation of collagen (scar) in the tissue beneath the skin of the palm of the […]

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A Workout to Protect Your Thumbs

A Workout to Protect Your Thumbs

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Prevention & Wellness News TUESDAY, Oct. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The range of motion of the human thumb makes so many everyday hand movements possible. Whether you’re an athlete gripping sports equipment, a baker whisking egg whites or a do-it-yourselfer hammering a nail, you’d be at a total loss […]

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Avonex (interferon beta 1a injection)

Avonex (interferon beta 1a injection)

What is Avonex (interferon beta-1a), and how does it work? Interferon beta-1a (Avonex) is a protein produced by recombinant DNA technology using genetically engineered Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells into which the human interferon beta genes have been introduced. It is used for treating multiple sclerosis (MS). Interferon beta-1a is designed to be identical to […]

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fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin)

fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin)

What is oral fluphenazine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Fluphenazine is an oral antipsychotic medication used for the management of schizophrenia. Fluphenazine is one of the older, first-generation piperazine phenothiazine antipsychotic medications. Examples of other phenothiazines include: Although the exact mechanism of phenothiazine antipsychotics is unknown, scientists believe that they may work […]

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Metolazone vs. thiazide diuretics

Metolazone vs. thiazide diuretics

What are the differences between metolazone and thiazide diuretics? Metolazone and thiazide diuretics are diuretics (“water pills”) used to treat high blood pressure and fluid accumulation. Brand names for metolazone include Zaroxolyn, Mykrox, and Diulo. Side effects of metolazone and thiazide diuretics that are similar include low blood potassium (hypokalemia), low blood magnesium (hypomagnesemia), dizziness, […]