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The rampant opioid epidemic: FDA officials call for sweeping review of agency opioids policies

February 4, 2016 – This article is relied from FDA’s press release section and only very sightly edited.  In response to the rampant opioid abuse epidemic in the United States (and very likely in other parts of the world too),  Dr. Robert Califf,

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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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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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  • New tumor-driving mutations discovered in the under-explored regions of the cancer genome January 18, 2020
    In an unprecedented pan-cancer analysis of whole genomes, researchers at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) have discovered new regions of non-coding DNA that, when altered, may lead to cancer growth and progression.
  • Loss of function in key Y-chromosome genes increases cancer risk in men January 17, 2020
    Numerous studies have shown that men are more susceptible to cancer than women; however, the reason for this difference remains poorly understood. A new study by researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has identified a key biological mechanism that puts men at higher risk of cancer: loss of function in certain genes […]
  • Why we differ in our ability to fight off gut infections January 17, 2020
    Τhe ability of the immune system to fight off bacterial, viral and other invading agents in the gut differs between individuals. However, the biological mechanism by which this happens is not well understood, but at least part of this difference may be explained by genetic factors.
  • Low doses of radiation used in medical imaging lead to mutations in cell cultures January 16, 2020
    Common medical imaging procedures use low doses of radiation that are believed to be safe. A new study, however, finds that in human cell cultures, these doses create breaks that allow extra bits of DNA to integrate into the chromosome. Roland Kanaar and Alex Zelensky of Erasmus University Medical Center and Oncode Institute and colleagues […]
  • Progress in unraveling the mystery of the genomics of Parkinson's disease January 16, 2020
    The International Parkinson Disease Genomics Consortium (IPDGC) has now been in existence for ten years. In an article published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease the consortium reviews the progress made over the past decade in the genomics of Parkinson's disease (PD) and related disorders including Lewy body diseases, progressive supranuclear palsy, and multiple system […]
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