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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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  • Findings in mice reveal possibilities for fetal drug therapy for deafness April 6, 2020
    New research led by hearing scientists at Oregon Health & Science University suggests an avenue to treat and prevent intractable genetic disorders before birth.
  • Study of rare genetic disorder that effects the eyes April 3, 2020
    Nagano prefecture is home to a group of people affected with a rare genetic neurodegenerative disorder called familial amyloid polyneuropathies (FAP). This disease impacts the gene encoding protein transthyretin (TTR) which is produced in the liver and also eyes. Liver transplants are often a treatment for this disease, but severe eyesight problems such as cloudiness […]
  • Natural sunscreen gene influences how we make vitamin D April 2, 2020
    Genetic variations in the skin can create a natural sunscreen, according to University of Queensland researchers investigating the genes linked with vitamin D.
  • Single mutation leads to big effects in autism-related gene April 2, 2020
    A new study in Neuron offers clues to why autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more common in boys than in girls. National Institutes of Health scientists found that a single amino acid change in the NLGN4 gene, which has been linked to autism symptoms, may drive this difference in some cases. The study was conducted […]
  • Lifestyle changes could delay memory problems in old age, depending on our genes April 2, 2020
    Researchers from King's College London have shown that how we respond to changes in nutrients at a molecular level plays an important role in the aging process, and this is directed by some key genetic mechanisms.
  • Fiber consumption linked to lower breast cancer risk April 6, 2020
    Consuming a diet high in fiber was linked with a reduced incidence of breast cancer in an analysis of all relevant prospective studies. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS).
  • Stronger Atlantic currents drive temperate species to migrate towards the Arctic Ocean April 6, 2020
    The Arctic Ocean increasingly resembles the Atlantic, not only regarding its temperature but also the species that live there. However, scientists from the CNRS and Université Laval, Quebec showed that an unprecedented strengthening of Atlantic currents is playing a major role in this phenomenon called 'Atlantification.' The research team studied Emiliania huxleyi, a marine microalgae […]
  • Viruses don't have a metabolism; but some have the building blocks for one April 6, 2020
    'Giant viruses' are many times larger than typical viruses and have more complex genomes. Using publicly available metagenome data, researchers at Virginia Tech assembled genomes for more than 500 giant viruses and found a surprising number of genes for cellular metabolic cycles, including glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, and the TCA cycle. Viruses may deploy these genes to […]
  • AI techniques used to improve battery health and safety April 6, 2020
    Researchers have designed a machine learning method that can predict battery health with 10x higher accuracy than current industry standard, which could aid in the development of safer and more reliable batteries for electric vehicles and consumer electronics.
  • Evaluating grip strength to identify early diabetes April 6, 2020
    A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, reports valuable new grip strength metrics that provide healthcare practitioners with an easy-to-perform, time-efficient screening tool for type 2 diabetes (T2DM).
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