How to keep your kids safe from cyberbullying

(HealthDay)—No type of bullying is acceptable, but cyberbullying can be harder for parents to spot because it takes place via cellphone, computer or tablet, often through social media. Cyberbullying can be a hateful text message or post of embarrassing pictures, videos and even fake profiles of the victim. Victims are often bullied in person, too, and have a harder time […]

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If someone hurt you this year, forgiving them may improve your health (as long as you’re safe, too)

During the end-of-year holidays families often come together to exchange gifts and, sometimes, to confront long-held grudges. What better gift than a peace offering? Conflict is rarely pleasant and arguments in families can be particularly upsetting. We all know that knot in the pit of the stomach, the flushed face and sweaty hands we experience when we feel we have […]

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Analysis finds HPV vaccine safe

Infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause certain cancers in women and men, but HPV vaccines are highly effective in preventing infection with oncogenic HPV types. A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology review of post-licensure data did not identify any new or unexpected safety concerns of the bivalent HPV vaccine. The authors analyzed reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse […]

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Repeat vaccination is safe for most kids with mild to moderate reactions

Children who experience some type of adverse event following initial immunization have a low rate of recurrent reactions to subsequent vaccinations, reports a study in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, the official journal of The European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases. “Most patients with a history of mild or moderate adverse events following immunization [AEFI] can be safely reimmunized,” write […]

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Study finds the grain an ideal and safe contrast agent for diagnosing swallowing disorders

Before launching their latest science experiment, University at Buffalo researchers bought more than 200 types of tea, chocolate, herbs and other foodstuffs. The goal wasn’t to stock up for long hours in the lab, but rather to find an elusive, edible contrast agent to show doctors what’s happening inside our bodies. The search culminated with a winner: barley. Turns out […]

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New online toolbox to help keep kids safe in disasters

A new set of online tools is designed to help families and communities keep children safe in disasters. The Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Toolbox is an initiative led by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the international nonprofit group Save the Children. Pilot communities in Washington County, Arkansas and Putnam County, New York helped to […]

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Common diabetes drug found safe for most diabetics with kidney disease

Results of a large-scale study suggest that the oral diabetes drug metformin is safe for most diabetics who also have chronic kidney disease (CKD). The study of more than 150,000 adults by Johns Hopkins Medicine investigators found that metformin’s association with the development of a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis was seen only among patients with severely decreased kidney function. […]

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Study of acute myeloid leukemia patients shows protein inhibitor drug safe and effective with durable remissions

Ivosidenib, an experimental drug that inhibits a protein often mutated in several cancers has been shown to be safe, resulting in durable remissions, in a study of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with relapsed or refractory disease. The multi-center Phase I trial, led by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was designed to determine ivosidenib’s safety and […]

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Extended INR test intervals safe for warfarin-treated patients

(HealthDay)—For stable warfarin-treated patients, extended international normalized ratio (INR) testing can be successfully and safely implemented, according to a study published online May 15 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Geoffrey D. Barnes, M.D., from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues identified patients as being eligible for extended INR testing based on prior INR value stability […]

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