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Tobacco products ‘still used by 20% of American adults’

Around 49 million American adults were still using tobacco products in 2015, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products.  The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report...

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Trelegy Ellipta: Triple therapy inhaler for COPD approved by FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new once-daily single inhaler triple therapy for treatment of certain adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Trelegy Ellipta (furoate, umeclidinium, vilanterol) is indicated for patients on a fixed-dose combination...

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First ever Erdheim-Chester Disease treatment approved by FDA

Zelboraf (vemurafenib) has been approved for treatment of adult patients with a rare cancer of the blood. It is the first medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of Erdheim-Chester Disease (ECD).  ECD is a rare blood cancer originating in the bone...

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CDC: Obesity ‘increases risk of 13 types of cancer’

Overweight or obese Americans are at a higher risk of developing cancer, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 13 different types of cancer are associated with obesity, yet figures suggest more than half of Americans are...

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How to Minimize the Risk of Drug Side Effects

The majority of medication available over-the-counter or with a prescription comes with a risk of side effects, whether minor irritations or more serious health concerns. Each year, emergency rooms across the United States deal with more than 700,000 visits as a result of adverse drug events,...

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FDA Commissioner outlines plans to tackle US opioid epidemic

Scott Gottlieb, MD, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, has outlined the FDA's plans to tackle the nation's opioid abuse epidemic. Speaking to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Hearing, he described opioid addiction as the "biggest crisis facing public health...

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5 Tips to Help you Avoid Cold and Flu this Winter

It's that time of the year when the temperature starts to drop, winter weather is setting in, and more and more people are coming down with a cold or flu. It is important to stay healthy during the colder months of the year, but this is not always easy, particularly as you are increasingly exposed...

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Depression 'higher among patients with atopic dermatitis'

Depression and anxiety is more commonly diagnosed in patients suffering atopic dermatitis than among the rest of the US population, a recent survey by the National Eczema Association (NEA) suggests. October is Eczema Awareness Month, during which the NEA is highlighting the impact of eczema on...

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Psoriasis drug Stelara now indicated for adolescent patients

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the indication of Stelara (ustekinumab) for adolescent patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Janssen Biotech, the manufacturer of the drug, described the approval as a "significant milestone" in the treatment of young people with...

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5 Medical Conditions Where Antibiotics May Be Unnecessary

Antibiotics such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Amoxil (amoxicillin) are prescribed to treat a staggering range of different medical conditions, but their pervasive use could be reducing their efficacy in the long-term. The more these drugs are used, the greater the risk of antibiotic-resistant...

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FDA announces improvements to Adverse Event Reporting System

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced improvements to its Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). The system is a database of reported medication issues, including product quality complaints leading to adverse events, medication error reports and other adverse event...

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