How to Buy Medicines Safely From an Online Pharmacy | FDA

Many unsafe online pharmacies use fake “storefronts” to mimic licensed pharmacies or to make you think their medicines come from countries with high safety standards. But the medicines they sell could have been made anywhere, with little care or concern for safety and effectiveness. Also, these drugs could be fake, expired or otherwise unsafe for you and your family.How can you tell if an online pharmacy is operating legally? Source: How to Buy Medicines SafelyContinue…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Safe with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors – NCI

The new study involved more than 400 people with cancer who were treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Each received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine before or after treatment with a type of immunotherapy drug known as an immune checkpoint inhibitor.An analysis of the patients’ medical records revealed no evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccination had increased the type, frequency, or severity of immune-related side effectsExit Disclaimer, such as inflammation in the lungs or colon,Continue…

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Keeping COVID-19 and influenza at bay this autumn/winter. Prepare, prevent, protect

WHO/Europe is launching the campaign “Keeping COVID-19 and influenza at bay this autumn/winter. Prepare, prevent, protect” to raise awareness about the pressing need for vulnerable populations to protect themselves from serious illness or death by getting vaccinated against both influenza and COVID-19.  The campaign calls on countries in the WHO European Region to relaunch mitigation efforts and be ready to respond to an increased burden on their health-care systems amid concerns over an autumn andContinue…

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Statement on Omicron Subvariants | COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

Last Updated: November 10, 2022: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a rapid increase in the circulation of certain SARS-CoV-2 Omicron subvariants in the United States that are likely to be resistant to currently used anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs).1 The subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 are likely to be resistant to bebtelovimab,2 and the subvariants BA.4.6, BA.2.75.2, BA.5.2.6, BF.7, BQ.1, and BQ.1.1 are likely to be resistant to tixagevimab plus cilgavimab (Evusheld).Continue…

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NIH-funded study shows sound sleep supports immune function | NHLBI, NIH

Getting a consistent good night’s sleep supports normal production and programming of hematopoietic stem cells, a building block of the body’s innate immune system, according to a small National Institutes of Health-supported study in humans and mice. Sleep has long been linked to immune function, but researchers discovered that getting enough of it influenced the environment where monocytes – a type of white blood cell – form, develop, and get primed to support immune function.Continue…

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$35 insulin caps for Medicare patients is not enough

The sky-high cost of insulin is causing adults in the U.S. with diabetes to ration their medication. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), people with Type 1 diabetes need about two-to-three vials per month, which could total up to $1,000 or more. For those working to make ends meet, paying up to $300 a vial is near impossible, pushing people to either take less insulin than normal or skip a dosage entirely—putting their livesContinue…

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