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    U.S. Jury Imposes $9 Billion Penalty On Drugmakers Takeda, Lilly
    A U.S. federal court jury imposed fines and compensations for a value of some $9 billion on Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. for their cover-up of the cancer risks found in their diabetes medication Actos.
    FDA Gives Approval For 1st Hay Fever Immunotherapy Tablet
    The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it has approved the first tablet in the U.S. for gradually reducing hay fever symptoms, an alternative to months of weekly doctor visits for uncomfortable allergy-desensitizing shots.
    iSober: New App Helps Keep Alcoholics On The Wagon And Away From Bars
    A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.
    Experts Say HIV Prevention Drug Shows Big Promise During Testing
    Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV.
    Study Finds 75% Of Children Consume Caffeine, Mostly From Soda, Tea And Coffee
    Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn’t budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.
    CVS Pharmacy To Stop Selling Cigarettes, A Move Worth $2B In Annual Revenue
    CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care.
    Government Launches Unprecedented Anti-Smoking Campaign Aimed At Teens
    The Food and Drug Administration is using ads that depict yellow teeth and wrinkled skin to show the nation’s at-risk youth the costs associated with cigarette smoking.
    What Happens When You Use Viagra But Don’t Have Erectile Dysfunction
    Viagra and other ED drugs are increasingly being misused and even abused. Learn about the risks of recreational ED drug use.
    President Obama: Marijuana Is Not More Dangerous Than Alcohol
    President Barack Obama said he doesn’t think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”
    Dennis Rodman Checks Into Alcohol Rehab
    Former basketball star Dennis Rodman has checked into an alcohol-rehabilitation center after facing backlash for his visit to North Korea.
    50 Years Of Anti-Smoking Efforts Have Saved 8 Million Americans, Study Says
    Anti-smoking measures have saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation’s top disease detective says dozens of other countries do a better job on several efforts to cut tobacco use.
    New York Set To Join Other States Allowing Medical Marijuana
    New York appears poised to join the 20 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo – who in the past had opposed medical marijuana – reportedly will announce his support in his State of the State address this week.
    Colorado Prepares For First Recreational Marijuana Sales On Jan. 1
    As Colorado prepares to be the first in the nation to allow recreational pot sales, opening Jan. 1, hopeful retailers are investing their fortunes into the legal recreational pot world — all for a chance to build even bigger ones in a fledgling industry that faces an uncertain future.
    New York Becomes First Major City To Ban Sale Of Tobacco To Young Adults
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg planned to sign landmark legislation Tuesday banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, making New York the first large city or state in the country to prohibit sales to young adults.
    Black Patients Less Likely To Ask For Lower-Cost Meds
    African American patients may feel less comfortable than white patients asking doctors if they can take cheaper drugs, a recent survey from an emergency department shows.
    HPV Vaccines May Be Less Effective for Black Women: Study
    Black women may get less protection than whites from the vaccines recommended for preventing human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, a new study suggests.
    New York City Council Raises Legal Age For Tobacco To 21
    Young smokers who want to legally buy a pack of cigarettes in New York City may soon have to wait a few more years before lighting up as lawmakers in the nation’s most populous city voted overwhelmingly to raise the tobacco-purchasing age from 18 to 21.
    Smokers’ Skin May Age Faster, According To New Study Of Identical Twins
    Smokers are likely to get bags under their eyes and wrinkles around their lips earlier than non-smokers, according to a new study of identical twins.
    FDA Approves Stronger Version Of Hydrocodone, A Widely-Abused Prescription Painkiller
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved a stronger, single-ingredient version hydrocodone, the widely-abused prescription painkiller.
    New Hepatitis C Drugs Under Review By FDA
    Doctors may soon have two new drug options for patients with hepatitis C, just as the liver-destroying virus becomes a major public health concern for millions of baby boomers.
    States Enact Laws Requiring Schools To Stock Up On Epi Pens
    When a third-grade student who had been stung by a wasp developed welts on his neck and had trouble breathing, school nurse Amanda Williams had the necessary dose of epinephrine to counter the allergic reaction.
    Judge Overturns N.Y. State’s Ban On Smoking In Parks
    A state judge struck down on Friday a ban on smoking in public parks and beaches in the state of New York, accepting the arguments of a smokers’ rights group.
    FDA Approves First Medicine To Treat Breast Cancer Before Surgery
    A biotech drug from Roche has become the first medicine approved to treat breast cancer before surgery, offering an earlier approach against one of the deadliest forms of the disease.
    Influenza Vaccine: More Kids Than Ever Got Flu Shots Last Year
    Washington – Last year, more children than ever got vaccinated against the flu, and health officials urged families Thursday to do even better this time around.
    High School Binge Drinking Rates Have Not Declined, Report States
    A government-funded report found that almost 1 in 10 U.S. high school seniors have engaged in recent extreme binge drinking — downing at least 10 drinks at a rate that barely budged over six years.
    Black Women Less Likely to Get HPV Vaccine
    New research finds that black women are less likely to get vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer.
    E-Cigarette Use Up Among Middle, High School Students, Study Shows
    The number of middle and high school students trying electronic cigarettes has doubled since last year according to the first large national study looking at use within that age group.
    Some Vaccines Now Protect Against More Strains Of The Flu
    This fall, some flu shots are promising a little extra protection. For the first time, certain brands of vaccines will guard against four strains of the flu rather than the usual three.
    Lamar Odom Arrested On DUI Suspicion
    It’s been a bad few days for Lamar Odom. The embattled reality star and NBA player was arrested and charged with DUI in Los Angeles this morning, ABC News has confirmed.
    Lamar Odom Missing, Family And Friends Are Worried
    Lamar Odom has vanished and everyone in his life fears the worst — that he’s off somewhere on a drug binge … TMZ has learned.
    Singer Miguel Charged With DUI In California
    California Highway Patrol police pulled the half Mexican half African American singer over for speeding his 2013 BMW X6 at about 2:15 a.m. and got a whiff of something that, it appeared, smelled nothing like cologne.
    New Study Reveals Risk Of Prostate Cancer Could Be Significantly Reduced
    A drug used to treat enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness also reduces a man’s risk of prostate cancer by nearly a third, according to a large new study.
    Study: Labor-Inducing Drugs Might Increase Risk Of Autism
    The biggest study of its kind suggests autism might be linked with inducing and speeding up labor, preliminary findings that need investigating since labor is induced in increasing numbers of U.S. women, the authors and other autism experts say.
    In Fight Against Lung Cancer, Anti-Smoking Battle Moves Outdoors
    City parks, public beaches, college campuses and other outdoor venues across the country are putting up signs telling smokers they can’t light up.
    Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana
    Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a measure authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, as Illinois joins 19 other states and the District of Columbia in creating limited exceptions to anti-pot laws.
    Only 54 Percent Of U.S. Teenage Girls Have Gotten Controversial HPV Shots
    Only about half of U.S. teenage girls have gotten a controversial cervical cancer vaccine — a rate that’s changed little in three years.
    DMX Arrested For DUI In South Carolina
    A spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol said a trooper received a call about a possible DUI driver and subsequently observed the hip-hop star, real name Earl Simmons, driving erratically in his Plymouth Station Wagon and pulled him over.
    Blacks More Likely To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession Than Whites
    The U.S. War on Marijuana is not just costly, time-consuming and unnecessary — it’s also racially biased, according to a new report.
    Regulators Crackdown On Online Pharmacies
    U.S. and international regulators have seized more than $41 million in illegal medicines worldwide and shut down 1,677 websites as part of their ongoing fight against counterfeit drugs sold over the Internet.
    $213 Billion A Year Lost On Improper Handling Of
    Medication
    The health care system could enjoy an extra $213 billion each year if doctors and patients handled prescription drugs more appropriately,
    according to an IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics study.
    U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Dips To 18 Percent
    Last year, about 18 percent of adults participating in a national health survey described themselves as current smokers. The nation’s smoking rate generally has been falling for decades, but had seemed to stall at around 20 to 21 percent for about seven years. In 2011, the rate fell to 19 percent, but that might have been a statistical blip.
    64 Year Old Arizona Man Charged With Drunk Driving Despite 0.000 Blood Alcohol Count
    A 64-year-old retiree was charged with a DUI after being pulled over by police officers in Surprise, Ariz. There was just one problem: A breathalyzer test revealed that the man was sober, with a blood-alcohol content of 0.000.
    Weight Loss Drug Belviq Gets Overdue U.S. Launch
    Arena Pharmaceuticals said its weight loss drug Belviq will be available to U.S. patients beginning next week, nearly a year after the drug was officially approved by federal regulators.
    Cigarettes Are a Gateway Drug, Say Scientists
    Most teens roll their eyes at the idea that any drug can be a “gateway” to more serious stimulants, but new data presented Sunday at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting found that teens who smoke cigarettes are 23 times more likely to smoke marijuana compared to those who don’t use tobacco.
    Rapper Chris Kelly, Half Of 90′s Rap Duo Kris Kross, Dies
    Chris Kelly, who rose to fame in the early ’90s as half of the young rap duo Kris Kross, died Wednesday in Atlanta. He was 34.
    Celebrity Experiences With Marijuana
    It’s no surprise to find Snoop Dogg on this list – “I’m on a quest. I’m trying to catch somebody right now. I’m trying to catch the great Willie Nelson.”
    Do You Drink Too Much? The Surprising Truth
    Mimosas at brunch, a few margs after work…that’s not a crazy amount of boozing, right? Actually, it might be. The facts about women and drinking are sobering: Under guidelines issued by the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, women who have just one drink a day are considered moderate drinkers. Those who consume three to four drinks in one sitting are considered binge drinkers.
    An In-Depth Look At Drug Abuse
    Drug abuses occurs when you are not able to control your use of prescribed drugs or are using an illegal substance to the point that it interferes with your ability to function. 40 million illnesses and serious injuries are the result of drug abuse in the United States (NIH).
    Doctors Back Selling Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills
    No prescriptions, no doctor’s exam — no problem? The nation’s largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists are stating birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms.
    New Guidelines Push For Most In U.S. To Get At Least 1 HIV Test
    HIV testing could become as common as cholesterol check-ups. New screening guidelines proposed by an independent panel insist Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once—not just people considered at high risk for the virus.
    FDA Approves New Seasonal Flu Vaccine
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first seasonal flu vaccine made using animal cell technology. This previous egg method has been used for a half-century.
    5-Hour Energy May Be Linked To Deaths, FDA Investigates
    Federal health authorities are investigating reports of 13 deaths possibly linked to so-called energy shots, all while cautioning consumers to talk to their doctors before consuming similar drinks.
    Alcohol Calories Nearly Equal To Soda, Says New Study
    A government study released Thursday found that Americans get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks.
    New Medical Marijuana Won’t Get Users High
    Scientists in Israel are working on a new type of medical marijuana plant that won’t get users high, according to the BBC. Instead of getting users stoned, this medical marijuana allows folks to go about their daily business without the side effects.
    Female Viagra To Help Women Reach Orgasm Could Soon Be Available As A Nasal Spray
    Women who have difficulty reaching orgasm during sex could soon have help thanks to a medicated nasal spray. Now scientists are developing a treatment that’s been nicknamed the ‘female Viagra’ after the erectile dysfunction drug first prescribed to men in 1998.
    Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Linked To Childhood Brain Development Problems
    Heavy drinking during pregnancy disrupts proper brain development in children and adolescents years after they were exposed to alcohol in the womb, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health.
    FDA Warns Against Using Online Pharmacies
    The Food and Drug Administration is warning U.S. consumers that the vast majority of Internet pharmacies are fraudulent and likely are selling counterfeit drugs that could harm them.
    It’s Flu Shot Time: New Strains Expected In 2012 Flu Season
    Last year’s flu shot won’t shield you this year: Two new strains of influenza have begun circling the globe, and the updated vaccine appears to work well against them, government officials said Thursday.
    Marijuana Linked To Low IQ In Teenagers, Study Says
    A new study suggests that teenagers who frequently smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ. “Parents should understand that their adolescents are particularly vulnerable,’” said lead researcher Madeline.
    Should Welfare Recipients Be Drug Tested?
    According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, almost two dozen states are considering bills that require drug testing those either applying for or receiving public benefits.
    Secondhand Smoke Takes Big Illness, Expense Toll
    Secondhand smoke has a substantial health and economic impact, especially among black Americans, a new study shows.
    Heterosexuals Should Receive HIV Prevention Pill Too, Health Officials Say
    Doctors should consider giving an AIDS prevention pill to women and heterosexual men who are at high risk for getting the virus, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
    Bobby Brown Back In Rehab
    Less than eight weeks after he wed his second wife in Hawaii, Bobby Brown is reportedly in rehab for alcohol addiction.
    Black Arthritis Patients Get Fewer Potent Drugs
    Black people with rheumatoid arthritis are less likely than whites to be on powerful drugs that ward off further joint damage and disability, according to a new study from California.
    Highly Anticipated Weight-Loss Pill Approved By The FDA
    Doctors have a new tool to fight obesity. A new weight-loss pill that many doctors consider the most effective of a new generation of anti-obesity drugs got the approval of the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.
    Hepatitis C Virus Levels Higher In Black Injection Drug Users
    Among injection-drug users in the United States infected with hepatitis C, virus levels are highest among blacks…..
    Whitney Houston Dead At 48
    Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday (Feb. 11, 2012). She was 48.
    Positive Reinforcement May Help Patients Take Their Meds
    Positive reinforcement, such as receiving small, unexpected gifts and introducing upbeat thoughts into daily routines, seems to help patients with high blood pressure take their medication as directed, according to a new study of black Americans.
    Black Nursing Home Residents Less Likely Than Whites To Get Vaccination
    The percentage of nursing home residents in the United States who receive a seasonal flu shot is lower than the national goal, and the rate is lower for blacks than for whites, a new study finds.
    Vaccine Could Reduce HIV To Minor Infection
    HIV could be reduced to a “minor chronic infection” akin to herpes, scientists developing a new vaccine have claimed. Spanish researchers found that 22 of 24 healthy people (92 per cent) developed an immune response to HIV after being given their MVA-B vaccine.
    R&B Singer Vesta Williams Found Dead At 53
    Big-voiced R&B diva Vesta Williams, perhaps best-known for her 1980s hits “Don’t Blow A Good Thing” and “Congratulations,” has been found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room, coroner’s investigators said Friday. She was 53.
    Black Teens In Public Housing Twice As Likely To Smoke
    Black teens living in public housing communities are more than twice as likely to smoke as their peers in other U.S. communities, researchers have found.
    Michelle Obama Is Still Glad That President Barack Obama Quit Smoking
    With all the challenges President Barack Obama has faced, quitting smoking might be one of the hardest. Obama, 50, used to light up about five times a day….
    Expense May Be Causing Fewer Young Blacks To Smoke
    Rising cigarette prices and other economic and social factors led to the sharp drop in smoking that occurred among black youth between the 1970s and 1990s, U.S. researchers say.
    Menthol May Make It Tougher To Stop Smoking Especially For Blacks
    Menthol cigarettes make it more difficult for smokers to quit, especially blacks and Puerto Ricans, a new study indicates.
    Heavy Smoking May Double Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk In Blacks
    Smoking boosts the risk of rheumatoid arthritis in black Americans, and heavy smokers and those with a genetic risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis are among those most likely to develop the joint disease, a new study has found.
    Smoking Health Risks And Tobacco Facts
    Tobacco facts are devastating. And smoking health risks are a major worldwide health threat. Tobacco is responsible for a million preventable premature American deaths every year – but that’s just in the U.S.
    Tobacco Industry Targeting Of The African-American Community
    For well over three decades, cigarette manufacturers have specifically targeted the African-American community. Recognizing a declining consumer base, tobacco companies have attempted to protect their profits by increasing smoking among African-Americans.
    Use Caution With Over-The-Counter Creams, Ointments
    The medication in creams and ointments can sometimes penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream causing problems if they are not used as directed. Can even interact with other medicines you are taking.
    To Avoid Accidental Overdose, FDA Issues Final Guidance For Liquid OTC Drug Products With Dispensing Devices
    The guidance, titled Dosage Delivery Devices for Orally Ingested OTC Liquid Drug Products, describes how easy-to-use dosage delivery devices and devices that minimize the risk of unintentional overdose can be provided for OTC medicines such as liquid pain relievers, cold medicine, cough syrups, and digestion aids.
    General Advice On Safe Medication Use
    Unfortunately, medication errors happen. They happen in hospitals, in pharmacies, or even at home. And sometimes people get hurt because of these errors.
    Get The Scoop On Alcohol Abuse
    Alcohol abuse is the most common psychiatric disease in the US, with an estimated 13.7% to 23.5% of the general population experiencing problems with abuse or dependence during their lifetimes….
    Bobby Brown Glad To Be Drug Free
    Six years sober from drugs, he’s grateful that he can get off the heroin, the crack, the coke. And glad to have a beautiful woman in his life who’s always there for him.
    Whitney Houston Orders Teenage Daughter To Rehab For Cocaine
    It’s no secret that Houston has had her own battles with drug addiction after much personal-turned-public turmoil and a stint in rehab in the early 2000s. But following photos that recently surfaced of Bobbi Kristina snorting cocaine, Houston is stepping up and stepping in.
    Teenage Marijuana Use May Damage Cognitive Function
    Neuroscientists out of McClean Hospital in Massachusetts conducted a small study testing mental focus and flexibility. They found that damage to the brain can be more severe if started prior to the age of 16, and that starting prior to that age leads to more regular use of the drug.
    Alcohol + Energy Drinks = Federal Ban?
    The new college craze, caffeinated alcoholic drinks, may be over before it even swept the nation. Following in the footsteps of five states, the federal government may be on the verge of banning premixed caffeinated alcoholic beverages due to what they term “safety issues.” Typically these beverages contain alcohol, caffeine, taurine, ginseng, and guarana….
    Six Celebrities That Died Of A Prescription Drug Overdose
    Find out which well known celebrities reportedly died of a prescription drug overdose.
    Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs, Alcohol More Than Ever
    One in five US high school students said they had abused prescription drugs, such as OxyContin and Percocet.
    The Importance Of Open Access To Mental Health Medications In The African American Community
    A Health Affairs article noted that restrictions on access to medicines could “reduce appropriate care, adversely affect health status, and cause shifts to more costly types of care.
    Drug Abuse And The Long Term Effects On African American Women
    In addition to illicit drugs, prescription drugs are a new emerging trend among African American Women and teen drug abuse. America’s annual tracking study: Prescription medication abuse by women is a growing problem in the United States.
    Lack Of Prescription Drug Benefits Seriously Affects Minority Seniors, As Well As Those With Low Income
    Although income level and medication cost also influenced decisions to restrict medication, ethnicity was an independent risk factor, the researchers said.
    Facts About Substance Abuse
    One in four US deaths can be attributed to alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drug use. Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 100,000 deaths annually.
    More Whites Use Drugs, More Blacks Imprisoned
    The nation’s war on drugs unfairly targets African Americans, who are far more likely to be imprisoned for drug offenses than whites even though far more whites use illegal drugs than blacks, according to a report by the advocacy group Human Rights Watch.