Daily Archives: April 17, 2012

Smoker’s Cough: Will Novartis’ Drug QVA149 Be Effective vs. COPD?

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‘Smoker’s cough’ drug succeeds in late-stage trials, Novartis says. Four more trials will be completed this year, to prepare for United States Food and Drug Administration approval, as well as that of European and Japanese drug regulators.

Caused mainly by tobacco smoking, air pollution or job exposure to lung hazards, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — known commonly as smoker’s cough — is painful and debilitating. It forces its sufferers to cough most of the time, to take painful breaths, and to fall into debilitating bouts of breathlessness.

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Can Autistic Children Bloom & Develop Later?

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Autistic kids “bloom,” outgrow symptoms if given one-on-one early intervention. There’s good news and there’s bad news. And in between, there’s a whole new set of reasons to encourage parents of autistic children to keep plodding on.

Findings of a new study from Columbia University give parents of autistic children more hope — boosting the conventional wisdom that they should persist in making sure their kids get all the help they can need.

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Teen Celebrity Drug & Alcohol Abuse: Drew Barrymore’s Not Alone

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Like Drew Barrymore, U.S. teen substance abusers begin using drugs and alcohol at age 14. She looks like the epitome of the fresh-faced, innocent all-American girl-next-door, but Drew Barrymore is really more of a poster child for teenage drug addiction.

After making her film debut at five years old, she starred in her breakout role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, then quickly went on to become one of Hollywood’s most recognized child actors.

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