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Posted today in New Drug Applications

BioMarin Completes Rolling NDA Submission to FDA for Drisapersen for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq:BMRN) today announced completion of the rolling submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for drisapersen, an investigational exon-skipping drug candidate for the treatment of the largest genetically defined subset of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD...

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Doctors Say Head Lice Should Not Bar Kids From School

Outbreaks of head lice in kids can be effectively treated without banning infected children from school, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say. In fact, the AAP believes that doctors and other health care professionals should educate schools and communities that "no-nit" policies are unfair and should not be implemented. Children...

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Health Tip: Needing Folic Acid

-- Among the health benefits of folic acid is that it can help prevent birth defects in a growing fetus. But pregnant women aren't the only people who should take it. The Womenshealth.gov website says these people may benefit from folic acid: Women who are pregnant or who want to become pregnant, or breast-feeding mothers. Women who have given...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Cyramza (Ramucirumab) for Use with FOLFIRI in Second-Line Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) has received its fourth U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Cyramza (ramucirumab). Cyramza (ramucirumab injection 10 mg/mL solution) is now also indicated in combination with FOLFIRI (irinotecan, folinic acid, and 5-fluorouracil) chemotherapy for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal...

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Health Tip: Smoking Affects Your Heart

-- Smoking can lead to cell and tissue damage throughout your body, and experts say your heart isn't spared. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says smoking can: Decrease the blood's ability to carry oxygen. Force the heart to work harder by raising blood pressure and heart rate. Raise triglycerides (fat) and bad cholesterol, while...

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HPV Vaccine Produces Early Benefits for Teen Girls: Study

Girls as young as 14 are receiving important health benefits from the HPV vaccine, which protects against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, a new study reports. Canadian girls who received the vaccine around age 13 experienced a "large and significant reduction" in cases of cervical dysplasia -- an abnormal precancerous lesion...

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Depression, Weapons May Be More Common for Bullied Teens

Bullied high school students have greater odds for depression and suicidal thoughts than others, and they're also more likely to take weapons to school, according to three new studies. "Teens can be the victim of face-to-face bullying in school, electronic bullying outside of the classroom and dating violence," said Dr. Andrew Adesman, senior investigator...

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Study Challenges Salt Guidelines for Kids

U.S. health officials warned last year that nine out of 10 American kids eat more salt than they should, raising their lifelong risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. But a new study finds that consuming higher-than-recommended amounts of salt appears to have no ill effect on teenage girls' blood pressure. The study, which followed more than...

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Pediatrics Group Advises Doctors on How to Spot Child Abuse

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released new guidance to help primary care doctors recognize the signs of child abuse. "Minor injuries in children are incredibly common, and most are not the result of abuse or neglect," report lead author Dr. Cindy Christian, past chair of the AAP Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, said in an agency...

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Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivors Face Higher Long-Term Heart Risks

While treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma can beat back the once-deadly cancer, it may also render patients vulnerable to heart disease decades later, a new study shows. "Physicians and patients should be aware of the persistently increased risk of cardiovascular diseases throughout life," a team led by Flora van Leeuwen of the Netherlands Cancer Institute...

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Harnessing the Power of the Poliovirus as a Cancer Cure

Polio, a highly infectious and crippling disease, was certainly one of the most feared viruses in the 20th century. Each year, thousands of children were left paralyzed. Polio has been successfully eliminated in the U.S. for decades due to a widespread vaccine program. So why would a group of researchers be interested in injecting the […]

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Biosimilars in 2015: What Can We Expect?

On Friday, March 6th, 2015 the FDA approved Sandoz’s Zarxio, the first official biosimilar that will be made available in the U.S. Zarxio, a recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor used to boost white blood cells after cancer treatments, is the long-awaited biosimilar for filgrastim (Amgen’s Neupogen). The FDA noted in their briefs that Zarxio was “highly […]

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Drugs.com Adds Mayo Clinic Disease Reference

Drugs.com is pleased to announce it has licensed select content from Mayo Clinic to provide more timely and trustworthy medical condition and disease information. The articles include detailed information about medical diseases such as allergies, back pain, depression, erectile dysfunction, and type 2 diabetes. Each article includes informative sections which may include an overview, symptoms, when […]

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