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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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  • Researchers find genetic links to child obesity across diverse ethnic groups August 22, 2019
    An international team of researchers who analyzed data across multiple ethnicities has produced the largest genetic study to date associated with common childhood obesity. The Early Growth Genetics (EGG) Consortium discovered a robust new signal, fine-mapped previously reported genetic variants, and added to evidence that genetic influences on obesity operate across the lifespan.
  • Researchers develop model to personalize radiation treatment August 22, 2019
    A personalized approach to cancer treatment has become more common over the last several decades, with numerous targeted drugs approved to treat particular tumor types with specific mutations or patterns. However, this same personalized strategy has not translated to radiation therapy, and a one-size-fits-all approach for most patients is still common practice. Moffitt Cancer Center […]
  • How our genes and environment influence BMI and height August 22, 2019
    Environmental conditions influence our body mass index (BMI) by increasing or decreasing the effect of inherited genetic variations, University of Queensland researchers have discovered.
  • Genetic testing and family tree research are revealing painful family secrets, research says August 22, 2019
    Genealogical research and genetic testing are revealing skeletons in family closets and causing rifts among members, a new study shows.
  • Researchers use single-cell sequencing to get a better look at human embryo implantation August 22, 2019
    A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in China has used single-cell sequencing to learn more about the human embryo during implantation in the uterus. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes sequencing thousands of human embryo cells from before, during and after implantation, and what they learned from it.
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