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First therapy for children with debilitating NF-1 approved in the USA

April 12, 2020 – The human genetic disease neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1) is a complex multi-system disorder caused by the mutation of a gene  (NF1 gene) on chromosome 17 that is responsible for production of a protein called neurofibromin which is needed for normal function in many human cell types.

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Living theragenomics: Dangers of codeine and tramadol medicines in children

April 23, 2017 – This is a Safety Announcement from April 20, 2017, by the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to the fact that FDA further restricts use of prescription codeine pain and cough medicines and tramadol pain medicines in children and recommends against their use in breastfeeding women.

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Children: Is there personalized medicine for children too?

April 04, 2017 – Personalized medicine, also referred to as precision medicine, incorporates the individual patient’s characteristics into treatment, rather than relying on population means. Over the past several years, it has become a significant focus for research. Developments in pharmacogenomics, the study of genomic variations that influence response to drugs,

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Is the iPad a medical device?

September 03, 2016 – This morning, I stumbled upon the headline of a posting on mobihealthnews, entitled “Study finds iPads and games as effective as sedatives to calm pre-op anxiety in children” and starting out with saying “The hypnotic trance kids enter when they’re staring at an iPad isn’t just for on-demand quiet time in restaurants or

cars.

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The European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has recently recommended restrictions on the use of codeine-containing medicines for cough and cold in children because of the risk of serious side effects

March 21, 2015 – The European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAChas recently recommended restrictions on the use of codeine-containing medicines for cough and cold in children because of the risk of serious side effects with these medicines,

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FDA Drug Safety Communication: Codeine use in certain children after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy may lead to rare, but life-threatening adverse events or death

September 27, 2014 – A while ago (August 2012),  the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was assessing and reporting on the (possibly fatal) risks associated with the use of codeine containing medicines in children who are phenotypically members of the CYP2D6 Ultrametabolizer Patient Subgroup because oaf their CYP2D6 genetic background.

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Boxed Warning Updated: TNF Blockers and Cancer Risks in Children

November 3, 2009 – As we learn from it’s todays announcement, FDA is requiring stronger warnings about an increased risk of lymphoma and other cancers in children and adolescents who are treated with drugs that block tumor necrosis factor. TNF blockers include Infliximab [Remicade], Etanercept [Enbrel], Adalizumab [Humira], Certolizumab [Cimzia],

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Schizophrenia drugs in kids cause weight gain

October 30, 2009 – Schizophrenia drugs, increasingly prescribed to children with bipolar disorder and other conditions, can cause youngsters to experience rapid weight gain, according to a new study. Thus, children and adolescents who take the drugs, known as atypical antipsychotics, gain an average of 10 to 19 pounds in the first few months,

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  • Ultrapotent antibody mix blocks COVID-19 virus attachment September 25, 2020
    A mix of ultrapotent antibodies from recovered COVID-19 patients has been shown to recognize and lock down the infection machinery of the pandemic coronavirus and keep it from entering cells. Each of the antibody types performs these overlapping tasks slightly differently. A low-dose of the antibodies protected against infection in animal studies.
  • Low level alcohol use during pregnancy can impact child's brain development September 25, 2020
    A new study finds any alcohol use during pregnancy, even low levels, is associated with subtle, yet significant behavioural and psychological effects in children including anxiety, depression and poor attention.
  • An app monitors cancer patients' health status and rewards participation September 25, 2020
    Gamification is becoming increasingly common in educational settings, but can also be used in other fields such as health. Researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Zaragoza have developed the Close2U application, which enables healthcare staff to monitor cancer patients' mood and physical discomfort using daily questionnaires. In return for the […]
  • An area of the brain where tumor cells shelter from chemotherapy in childhood leukaemia September 25, 2020
    Sometimes, the central nervous system harbours tumour cells that elude treatment and thus become one of the main sources of relapse. Research led by the Complutense University of Madrid has identified one of these locations in which the cells remain protected: the stroma of the choroid plexus, a structure in the brain ventricles responsible for […]
  • Trends in treatment, survival among women with advanced ovarian cancer September 25, 2020
    This observational study examined survival rates and the use of chemotherapy before surgery among women with advanced-stage epithelial ovarian cancer in the United States from 2004 to 2016.
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