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Non-FDA Approved Hormone Therapies on the Rise

March 25, 2015 9:36 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Use of potentially risky, non-FDA approved hormone therapies may soon be as common as use of FDA-approved hormone therapies, according to a study by University of Virginia gynecology researcher JoAnn Pinkerton. Read more..

Blood Test for Patients on Acne Medication Deemed Unnecessary

March 23, 2015 10:58 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has found that for young,...

Behind the Measles Outbreak

March 19, 2015 1:12 pm | by Tom Ulrich, Harvard University | News | Comments

Inadequate vaccine coverage is likely a driving force behind the ongoing Disneyland measles...

23andMe FDA Approval Clears Way for More Sequencing-Based Tests

March 17, 2015 12:17 pm | News | Comments

​Kalorama information suggests that the FDA approval of a rare gene test from Mountain View,...

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American Who Contracted Ebola Now in Critical Condition

March 17, 2015 8:41 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has been downgraded to critical condition at the National Institutes of Health, doctors said Monday. Read more...

Oncologists Share Reasons for Cancer Drugs' High Cost, Recommend Solutions

March 16, 2015 11:18 am | News | Comments

Increasingly high prices for cancer drugs are affecting patient care in the U.S. and the American health care system overall, say the authors of a special article published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Read more...

New Sign-Up Under Health Care Law Gets Lukewarm Reception

March 16, 2015 10:50 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance are getting a second chance to sign up, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured. Read more....

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Studies Boost Hopes for New Class of Cholesterol Drugs

March 16, 2015 10:00 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

New research boosts hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems. The government will decide this summer whether to allow two of these drugs on the market. Read more...

More Children at Risk of Measles in Wake of Ebola Epidemic

March 13, 2015 9:30 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Ebola's toll moved beyond 10,000 deaths Thursday even as researchers warned of yet another threat to hard-hit West Africa. Read more...

Washington State Mandate Will Raise Prescription Drug Costs for State Programs, Employers, Unions

March 12, 2015 1:51 pm | News | Comments

A bill (S.B. 5857) in the Washington legislature would force employers, unions, taxpayers, and public programs to pay drugstores more for prescription drugs, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said today. Read more...

Rising Price of Heroin-Overdose Antidote Worries Advocates

March 10, 2015 12:52 pm | by Geoff Mulvihill and Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Price hikes are curtailing access to a popular form of an antidote to heroin overdoses, with costs doubling in the past year and the manufacturer's stock price rising by 70 percent since it went public. Read more...

FDA: Seizure, Alcohol Risk with Pfizer’s Chantix

March 10, 2015 11:59 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined it will not reduce the severity of its black-box warning about side effects associated with Pfizer’s smoking-cessation drug. Read more...                                                

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Array Announces Completion Of Binimetinib, Encorafenib Transactions

March 3, 2015 4:37 pm | News | Comments

Array will receive $85 million upfront payment from Novartis. Read more...                              

Health Officials Perplexed by Vaccination Skeptics

March 3, 2015 4:22 pm | by Mike Stobbe, Associated Press | News | Comments

Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to convince more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. Read more...

Experts “Say No” to Behavior-Calming Drugs for Alzheimer's patients

March 3, 2015 12:14 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report. Read more...

Half of Doctors Surveyed Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

March 3, 2015 11:32 am | News | Comments

In a new survey, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that physicians report relatively high awareness of state databases that track drug prescriptions but more than one-fifth indicated they were not aware of their state’s program at all. Read more...

Roche Launches Next-Generation HBV Viral Load Assay in Select Markets

March 3, 2015 9:09 am | News | Comments

The new assay offers broad coverage of all known Hepatitis B (HBV) genotypes (A-H) with high sensitivity, across all critical medical decision points. Read more...                

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TSRI Team Shows How Rare Antibody Targets Ebola, Marburg Viruses

February 27, 2015 1:20 pm | by Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Marburg virus is Ebola’s deadly cousin. The virus is up to 90 percent lethal—and doctors are desperate for tools to fight it. Read more...

Panel: Use New Meningitis Vaccines Only For Outbreaks

February 27, 2015 12:58 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students. Read more...

Takeda's Treatment for Acid-Related Diseases is Now Available in Japan

February 27, 2015 9:10 am | News | Comments

This medicine treats acid-related diseases with a novel mechanism of action called potassium-competitive acid blockers. Read more...                    

Watchdog Group Seeks FDA Ban of Antifungal Tablets

February 25, 2015 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A consumer safety group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to pull certain antifungal tablets off the market, saying there are safer medicines that do not carry risks of liver damage. Read more.,.

Takeda Acquires Select Portfolio from Neutec to Boost Business in Turkey

February 24, 2015 3:33 pm | News | Comments

The portfolio composed of 13 products in the gastroenterology, respiratory, metabolic and musculoskeletal therapeutic areas. Read more...

Liberia: 8 Hospital Staff Under Observation in Ebola Scare

February 23, 2015 4:25 pm | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh | News | Comments

Eight health workers at a hospital in Liberia's capital have been sent home for observation after coming into contact with a patient who later tested positive for Ebola, the country's assistant health minister said Saturday. Read more...

Improving Patient Onboarding with Advancements in Medical Device Training

February 23, 2015 10:48 am | by Craig Baker, Executive Vice President, Noble | Articles | Comments

For some patients diagnosed with chronic medical conditions, weekly or biweekly self-administration using drug delivery devices is often a necessary component of a successful treatment program. Read more...

7 Infected, 2 Dead After 'Superbug' Outbreak at Hospital

February 19, 2015 9:30 am | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients - including two who died - with an antibiotic-resistant and potentially deadly "superbug" at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, hospital officials said. A total of 179 patients may be infected. Read more....

In Pakistan, Vaccinating Children Has Become a Deadly Battle

February 18, 2015 8:38 am | by Rebecca Santana, Associated Press | News | Comments

While vaccine distrust has sparked debates amid a measles outbreak in the United States, Pakistan is in a deadly battle to wipe out polio. Read more...                  

Amid Measles Outbreak, Few Rules on Teacher Vaccinations

February 17, 2015 11:53 am | by Christine Armario, Associated Press | News | Comments

While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated. Read more...

Researchers Test Device to Help Deaf Children Detect Sounds

February 13, 2015 4:48 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The device goes beyond cochlear implants that have brought hearing to many deaf children but that don't work for tots who lack their hearing nerve. Read more...                 

Closing the Knowledge Gap on Cancer Drug Toxicity

February 12, 2015 3:59 pm | by David Jackson, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer, MolecularHealth | Articles | Comments

There is a dangerous knowledge gap in the use of cancer medications that needs to be closed, immediately. Read more...                                                          

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