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FDA delay raises slim hope for muscular dystrophy drug

By Associated Press  |  May 25, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration will take more time to review a highly contested drug for muscular dystrophy that has become a flashpoint in the debate over patient access to experimental medicine.

Tapping new dimensions: the promise of 3-D printing

Tapping new dimensions: the promise of 3-D printing

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 21, 2016

Physicians have increasingly looked to 3-D printing for unique implants and surgical models, and some manufacturers are now using the method to mass produce medical devices and even drugs that are more precise, customizable and biocompatible than conventionally produced products.

Editorial: What's a new cancer drug worth?

Editorial: What's a new cancer drug worth?

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 21, 2016

While the latest cancer drugs emerging from drug and biotechnology company labs can come with hefty price tags, they don't necessarily have a lot of evidence showing they actually work.

Innovations: Making 3-D medical imaging a reality

Innovations: Making 3-D medical imaging a reality

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 14, 2016

EchoPixel likes to compare its 3-D imaging technology to cutting through a loaf of bread. MRIs and CT scans can create flat, two-dimensional pictures—or single slices—of information. But what if you wanted to cut into the loaf from a different angle to get more detailed cross sections?

FDA finalizes reporting rule for antibiotic use in livestock

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 13, 2016

Manufacturers of antibiotics used in food-producing animals must now provide their estimated sales, by species, of the drugs they sell and distribute for that purpose, according to a final rule from the Food and Drug Administration.

U.S. economy adds 160,000 jobs in April

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 07, 2016

The U.S. economy added 160,000 jobs in April, underwhelming many economists, but the total would have been lower had it not been for the relentless hiring that continues throughout healthcare. The healthcare industry created 44,200 jobs last month, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted...

Tainted scopes suspected in California deaths

Tainted scopes suspected in California deaths

By Aurora Aguilar  |  May 07, 2016

At least three patients at a Southern California hospital died last year in a bacterial outbreak suspected to be related to tainted medical scopes made by Olympus Corp.

Blog: Could the new rules on e-cigs benefit tobacco companies?

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 06, 2016

While the new rules banning the sale of e-cigarettes to those under the age of 18 have been well-received by both their proponents and opponents, some question whether the regulations may inadvertently benefit tobacco companies, since costs to implement the new requirements may put smaller...

FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed

FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed

By Associated Press  |  May 05, 2016

The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new rules for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer some protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely...

The future of 'shock therapy' hangs in the balance

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 29, 2016

A proposal to require new clinical data on the efficacy and safety of electroconvulsive therapy may be the death knell for the controversial treatment of psychiatric disorders.

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