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Black Gorilla, Big N Hard, Rize N Shine, and the likes: Fraudulent health business

November 05, 2017 – The commercial names are creative, no doubt, and we like particularly “Black Gorilla”. However, time and time again, health authorities all over have to issue foreign product alerts, warning consumers, patients, and the public at large about products that claim to be “all natural”

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Is there a risk of melanoma with erectile dysfunction drugs?

November 01, 2017 – According to the watch list of the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for drugs with possible safety issues from January to March 2016,

the FDA was looking at the possible link between various drugs in the phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors class and melanoma as a serious adverse effect.

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The Post Finasteride Syndrome (PFS): Are young men left alone until up to suicide?

February 20, 2017 – Finasteride,  is a medication used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (on the market as Proscar (5mg) since 1992 for this indication) and male pattern hair loss (on the market as Propecia (1mg) since 1997 for this indication).

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Granpidam: A generic to Sildenafil (Revatio)

September 22, 2016 – The pharmacologically active compound known as sildenafil is largely used to treat erectile dysfunction (on the market for this indication under the trade name Viagra) and pulmonary arterial hypertension (on the market for this indication under the trade name Revatio) in the United

States (US),

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Wonder-Erect Male Pills: No wonder they contain hidden drug ingredient vardenafil

January 21, 2016 –  This is a never ending story. The present notification by the The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is once more to inform the public of a growing trend of dietary supplements or conventional foods with hidden drugs and chemicals. These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement,

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The “female” Viagra: Will it one day be a commercial success? Approval recommended for Flibanserin (ADDYI) to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women

June 5, 2015 – This is an edited post based on a PRNewswire release (see here) which refers to the 2015 June 4th joint meeting of  the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) joint meeting of the Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee,

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    New work led by Carnegie's Meredith Wilson and Steve Farber identifies a potential therapeutic target for clogged arteries and other health risks that stem from an excess of harmful fats in the bloodstream. Their findings are published by PLOS Genetics.
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    Spontaneous mutations of a single gene are likely to cause serious developmental disorders of the excretory organs and genitalia. This is shown in an international study led by the University of Bonn and published in the journal Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. The researchers also owe their findings to an unusual model organism: the […]
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    Research has shown that a mutation in the ATAXIN-1 gene leads to accumulation of Ataxin-1 (ATXN1) protein in brain cells and is the root cause of a rare genetic neurodegenerative disease known as spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1). How healthy cells maintain a precise level of ATXN1 has remained a mystery, but now a study […]
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