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Neural tube defects with Dolutegravir-based HIV medications

May 22, 2018 –The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released a Safety Alert concerning serious neural tube defects that might arise in babies born to women who took HIV medications that contained the active ingredient Dolutegravir. Neural tube defects are birth defects that can occur early in pregnancy when the spinal cord,

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FDA: Sweeping new federal ruling bars e-cigarette sales to teens younger than 18

May 5, 2016 – Today, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others, which includes the barring of sales of these products to teens under 18 years old.

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Pimavanserin (Nuplazid) approved to treat hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease

April 29, 2016 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Pimavanserin (Nuplazid), the first drug approved to treat hallucinations and delusions associated with psychosis experienced by some people with Parkinson’s disease. Pimavanserin (Nuplazid) acts as an inverse agonist on the serotonin receptor subtype 5-HT2A,

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Dietary supplements containing kratom have been seized in the United States

January 6, 2016 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that U.S. Marshals, at the agency’s request, seized nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements labeled as containing kratom, which itself contains as component, among others, the compound mitragynine.

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Necitumumab (Portrazza) approved for the treatment of advanced squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

November 28, 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Necitumumab (Portrazza) in combination with two forms of chemotherapy to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have not previously received medication specifically for treating their advanced lung cancer.

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Theragenomic medicine: FDA approves Osimertinib (Tagrisso) to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who carry the EGFR mutation T790M

November 14, 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just granted accelerated approval for an oral medication to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Osimertinib (Tagrisso) was approved for patients whose tumors have a specific epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation (T790M) and whose disease has gotten worse after treatment with other EGFR-blocking therapy.

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Sonidegib (Odomzo): A second Hedgehog pathway inhibitor approved as new treatment for most common form of advanced skin cancer

August 02, 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) very recently approved Sonidegib (Odomzo) to treat patients with locally advanced basal cell carcinoma that has recurred following surgery or radiation therapy, or who are not candidates for surgery or radiation therapy.

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A very exciting week for patients with hepatitis C viral (HCV) infections of the genotypes 3 and 4

July 31, 2015 – This week, just in time for World Hepatitis Day on July 28, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Daclatasvir (Daklinza)  for use with sofosbuvir to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 3 infections. In addition,

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Codeine cough-and-cold medicines in children: A never ending story – FDA evaluating potential risk of serious side effects

July 6. 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is once more investigating the safety of using codeine-containing medicines to treat coughs and colds in children under 18 years because of the potential for serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing. Children,

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New Treatment Modality: Nivolumab (Opdivo) has been approved for the treatment of patients with previously treated metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

June 17, 2015 – Bristol Myers Squipp recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Nivolumab (Opdivo) injection, for intravenous use, for the treatment of patients with metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with progression on or after platinum-based chemotherapy. 

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  • Study explores cognitive function in people with mental illness January 22, 2020
    A study funded by the Veterans Administration and directed by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has shown few differences in the profiles of genes that influence cognition between people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and the general population. This surprising finding could provide new insights into therapies designed to improve cognition. […]
  • Hope for patients with a rare genetic condition linked to severe infections January 22, 2020
    A team of researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal has shed light on the mechanisms that underlie a rare genetic condition by creating the first cellular model of the disease. The study's findings were published today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
  • Avatar worms help to identify factors that modify genetic diseases January 21, 2020
    Often, patients from the same family and carriers of the same genetic mutation, develop a disease differently. This disparity may be due to the existence of mutations in other secondary genes, which influence the onset and progression of the disease caused by the main mutation. As an example, members of a family who are carriers […]
  • Algorithm turns cancer gene discovery on its head January 21, 2020
    A method for finding genes that spur tumor growth takes advantage of machine learning algorithms to sift through reams of molecular data collected from studies of cancer cell lines, mouse models and human patients.
  • Blood test for eight gene signatures could predict onset of tuberculosis January 21, 2020
    Scientists at UCL have shown a blood test could predict the onset of tuberculosis three to six months before people become unwell, a finding which could help better target antibiotics and save countless lives.
  • Obesity embargo alert for February 2020 issue January 23, 2020
    All print, broadcast and online journalists who receive the Obesity embargo alert agree to abide by the embargo and may not publish, post, broadcast or distribute embargoed news releases or details of the embargoed studies before the embargo date and time.
  • How old are they? Some non-photosynthetic orchids consist of dead wood January 23, 2020
    A research team led by Kobe University's Associate Professor SUETSUGU Kenji (of the Graduate School of Science's Department of Biology) has investigated the carbon age in some non-photosynthetic mycoheterotrophic plants. Using the radiocarbon emitted from atmospheric nuclear bomb tests carried out in the 1950s and 1960s as a tracer, they revealed that some mycoheterotrophic orchids […]
  • Most rehabilitating sea turtles with infectious tumors don't survive January 22, 2020
    Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is the most significant infectious disease affecting sea turtle populations worldwide. FB leads to tumors on the turtles' eyes, flippers and internal organs and is widespread in warmer climates like Florida. A large-scale study evaluated tumor score, removal and regrowth in rehabilitating green sea turtles with FP in the southeastern US from 2009 […]
  • Tiny price gaps cost investors billions January 22, 2020
    New research shows that, millions of times each day, investors in the US stock market see different prices at the same moment -- and that these differing prices cost investors at least $2 billion dollars each year.
  • Kids born to moms with gestational diabetes and preeclampsia at greater risk for obesity January 22, 2020
    A study in Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics found that when a mother experiences both gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, her child has a growth trajectory that leads to an increased risk of high childhood BMI over time.
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