Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What You Should Know for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season | Seasonal Influenza (Flu) | CDC

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"People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins."

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Five Steps That Men Can Take to Avert a Heart Attack - NBC News.com

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"Men who take just five healthy steps can reduce their odds of a heart attack by four-fifths, but just 1 percent of men do so on their own, according to new research published Monday. The steps are nothing secret: They are not smoking, drinking moderately, exercising daily, eating a healthy diet and keeping the belly in check."

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

FDA to Middle-Aged Men: You Probably Don’t Need Testosterone Therapy - MensJournal.com

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" A recent study found that testosterone therapies doubled the heart attack risk for men over age 65 and for younger men with a history of heart disease after only three months of use. And in June the FDA began requiring drug manufacturers to include a warning label on product packaging, stating that these treatments may cause blood clots.

Schwartz says they may also increase PSA levels, an indicator of prostate cancer risk, although they haven’t been proven to increase the risk. “Given these potential harms and the fact that these are unproven therapies for men with low T of aging,” she says, “what’s going on right now is a huge uncontrolled experiment.”"

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Hallucinogen in 'magic mushrooms' helps longtime smokers quit in Hopkins trial | Hub

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"Johns Hopkins researchers report that a small number of longtime smokers who had failed many attempts to drop the habit did so after a carefully controlled and monitored use of psilocybin—the active hallucinogenic agent in so-called "magic mushrooms"—in the context of a cognitive behavioral therapy treatment program.

The abstinence rate for study participants was 80 percent after six months, much higher than typical success rates in smoking cessation trials, says Matthew W. Johnson, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the corresponding author on the study."

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Health Canada: We do not enforce the law when Canadians poison Americans - Searching for Safety

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"Simply put, Health Canada admits that it does not intend to enforce the law on Canadian internet pharmacies that sell to foreigners.  We suspected this was the excuse, but now it’s official. As Health Canada’s response says:
Health Canada prioritizes its work according to the risk to health that the incident may pose to Canadians. Incidents that present a potentially higher risk to health will be actioned first. Incidents of low or nominal risk will be assessed and entered into our tracking system for possible future compliance action as deemed appropriate."
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Influenza drug Peramivir by BioCryst Pharma Treats Flu in One Dose | Capital OTC

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"According to latest studies, a single dose of new antiviral drug Peramivir is safe and effective in treating influenza in adults when it is administered within 48 hours of the appearance of the symptoms of Flu."

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

More deadly pathogens, toxins found improperly stored in NIH and FDA labs - The Washington Post

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"Officials at the National Institutes of Health said Friday a search on their sprawling Bethesda campus had turned up five different misplaced biological materials in recent weeks. All of them are considered so dangerous — they are known as “select agents” — that the government requires them to be stored in specially secured facilities. But in these cases, the vials were in regular labs, often part of collections of samples that date back decades.

Simultaneously, the Food and Drug Administration said it had found vials of staphylococcal enterotoxin, a frequent cause of food-borne illness, at a lab within the agency’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition that was not registered to handle it."

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Biotechnology to the Rescue - US News

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"The life sciences industry is in the middle of a historic boom, churning out new medical weapons at an unprecedented pace. In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved 39 “new molecular entities,” completely novel drugs to treat everything from cancer to tuberculosis to HIV. It topped that off by adding 27 more last year, and there are now more than 4,000 investigational medicines in the pipeline.

Medical device-makers are also in high gear; the 33 products approved in 2013 include replacement hips, new cardiac stents and prosthetic spinal discs. Here’s a sampling of the most innovative developments transforming medical practice and offering patients new hope:"

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Company tests a way to deliver vaccines by a skin 'patch' - Boston Business Journal

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"An Australian biotech startup with an office in Cambridge's Kendall Square has developed a way to deliver vaccines to patients without using a syringe or nasal mist. Vaxxas Inc. has developed the Nanopatch, which consists of thousands of vaccine-coated microprojections that penetrate the outer layers of a patient’s skin.

The nano-level sized microprojections are coated with vaccine and then released directly to key immune cells found just below the skin’s surface, according to Vaxxas CEO David Hoey."

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