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Ice Bucket Challenge highlights how rare diseases are neglected
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
What a sad summer, marred by the racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and the beheading of a U.S. journalist by religious fanatics in the Middle East. The Ice Bucket Challenge launched by the ALS Association comes as welcome relief—and all for a good cause.
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New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect
By Associated Press | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.
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Vital Signs
Amazon meets with FDA, healthcare is likely the topic
By Darius Tahir | August 21, 2014
The road to the Food and Drug Administration's Silver Spring, Md., office this year has been well-traveled by the big technology firms. Both Google and Apple have met with FDA leadership to talk about healthcare plans, and a recent review of FDA's public calendar reveals Amazon.com has joined the...
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Senators call for FDA action on power morcellators as controversy continues
By Darius Tahir | August 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to end or restrict the use of laparoscopic morcellators, New York's two Democratic U.S. senators are calling on the agency to pull them from the market until regulators have further studied the technology's potential to spread cancer during...
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Ebola cure scams are out there; beware, FDA warns
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a warning to the public after receiving consumer complaints of products being sold online claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 people across four countries in West Africa.
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FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer
By Associated Press | August 12, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients' DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths.
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FDA will weigh safety of surgical morcellators
By Jaimy Lee | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Public comments are due this week on whether devices known as power morcellators should continue to be used in minimally invasive hysterectomies and surgical removal of uterine fibroids.
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Vital Signs
How to hasten Ebola drug testing, and maybe save lives
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | August 07, 2014
It won't be long before more sick medical aid workers, not to mention West African nations in the grip of the Ebola outbreak, begin demanding access to the experimental immune therapy under development by a West Coast biotechnology firm.
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U.S. allows use of Ebola test overseas as crisis deepens
By Reuters | August 07, 2014
U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the use of an Ebola diagnostic test developed by the Pentagon to help contain the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus. The diagnostic test was authorized for use abroad on military personnel, aid workers and emergency responders in laboratories...
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U.S. government had role in Ebola drug given aid workers
By Associated Press | August 04, 2014
Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. government and the military.
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