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Fluoridated water: Maternal exposure may affect children’s IQs

Fluoridated water: Maternal exposure may affect children’s IQs

New research examines the link between maternal consumption of fluoridated water and lower IQs in their children. New research explores the possible developmental effects of fluoridated tap water. According to recent estimates, 66% of all United States residents receive fluoridated water through their taps. Adding fluoride to drinking water has been a public health practice […]

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sargramostim (Leukine)

sargramostim (Leukine)

What is sargramostim, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Sargramostim is a man-made form of the naturally-occurring protein, granulocyte, macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF). GM-CSF is produced in the body by the immune system and stimulates the formation of white blood cells, including the granulocyte and the macrophage. Granulocytes and macrophages take part in […]

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How to Protect Your Baby Against Eczema

How to Protect Your Baby Against Eczema

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Healthy Kids News THURSDAY, Aug. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Using a rich moisturizer, even an inexpensive one like petroleum jelly, is one part of keeping eczema under control. Now researchers have found that this skin care step can keep many newborns at risk for the condition from developing it. […]

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Texas Cities Are Ripe for Measles Outbreaks, Study Finds

Texas Cities Are Ripe for Measles Outbreaks, Study Finds

Latest Infectious Disease News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Texas cities are in danger of major measles outbreaks because an alarming number of school kids are unvaccinated, researchers warn. Vaccination rates in the state have declined since 2003 and a computer simulation by University of Pittsburgh researchers found that an additional 5% decrease […]

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AHA News: Meth and Heart Disease: A Deadly Crisis That’s Largely Overlooked

AHA News: Meth and Heart Disease: A Deadly Crisis That’s Largely Overlooked

Latest Heart News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — Although frequently overshadowed by the opioid epidemic, surging methamphetamine use nationally and around the world has fueled a chilling crisis of its own, according to a new report. The result is a significant increase in meth-related deaths from unique cardiovascular consequences that researchers […]

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Fish Oil Not a Magic Pill Against Diabetes

Fish Oil Not a Magic Pill Against Diabetes

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Diabetes News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — It would be welcome news to millions if fish oil supplements were proven to help prevent diabetes. But new research delivers very disappointing data on the prospect. Previous research has hinted that fish oil supplements — which contain omega-3 fatty acids […]

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docetaxel (Taxotere, Docefrez)

docetaxel (Taxotere, Docefrez)

What is docetaxel, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Docetaxel is a drug that is used primarily for treating breast cancer. Docetaxel works by attacking cancer cells. Every cell in the body contains a supporting structure (almost like a skeleton) called the microtubular network. If this “skeleton” is changed or damaged, the cell […]

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belimumab (Benlysta)

What is belimumab? What is belimumab used for? Belimumab is a synthetic (man-made) injectable antibody that reduces the activity of immune cells called B-cells in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE is an inflammatory autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and causes inflammation. Parts of the body […]