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Posted today in FDA Alerts

Capnostream 20 and Capnostream 20p Patient Monitor Battery Packs by Medtronic Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions: Class I Recall - Potential Fire Risk

[Posted 05/27/2016] ISSUE: Medtronic Respiratory & Monitoring Solutions is recalling the battery packs due to a manufacturing defect that causes an increase in temperature within battery that may cause a fire in the system monitor. The use of affected products may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death. Battery Pack used on...

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Is Smoking During Pregnancy Tied to Offspring's Schizophrenia Risk?

Smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk that a child could develop schizophrenia, new research suggests. "This is, so far, the largest study to show an association between prenatal nicotine exposure and schizophrenia," said study author Dr. Solja Niemela. She is a professor of psychiatry and addiction medicine at the University of Oulu, Lapland...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Probuphine (buprenorphine) Implant for Treatment of Opioid Dependence

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine, as part of a complete...

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FDA Approves Axumin (fluciclovine F 18) Diagnostic Imaging Agent to Detect Recurrent Prostate Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Axumin, a radioactive diagnostic agent for injection. Axumin is indicated for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging in men with suspected prostate cancer recurrence based on elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels following prior treatment. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause...

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NIH Experts Cast Doubt on Rat Study Linking Cellphones, Tumors

Experts at the U.S. National Institutes of Health are questioning the validity of a widely reported study in rats that linked cellphone radiation to tumors. The study, released Friday by the federal government's National Toxicology Program (NTP), found "low incidences" of two types of tumors in male rats exposed to the type of radio frequencies emitted...

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Asthma Symptoms Can Bloom in Springtime

Asthma symptoms increase in spring, making it especially important for people with the lung disease to be aware of triggers and risk factors, an expert says. "Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing," said Dr. Linda Rogers, director of the clinical asthma program at Mount Sinai-National Jewish...

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Music Soothes Nervous Eye Surgery Patients

Listening to relaxing music before eye surgery reduces patients' anxiety and their need for sedation, a new French study suggests. "Music listening may be considered as an inexpensive, noninvasive, non-pharmacological method to reduce anxiety for patients undergoing elective eye surgery under local anaesthesia," said lead researcher Dr. Gilles Guerrier,...

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Pet Pooch May Help Ease PTSD in Veterans

Dogs may be more than best friends for military veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small study suggests. Researchers found that vets who were given pet dogs showed significant improvement in their PTSD symptoms. The study included 19 U.S. veterans receiving treatment for the condition. PTSD can develop as a reaction to...

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FDA Approves Zinbryta (daclizumab) to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zinbryta (daclizumab) for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Zinbryta is a long-acting injection that is self- administered by the patient monthly. “Zinbryta provides an additional choice to patients who may require a new option for treatment,” said Billy...

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Hepatitis C Patients More Likely to Drink, Study Finds

People infected with hepatitis C are more likely to be current or former heavy drinkers, a new study suggests. Unfortunately, alcohol may accelerate the liver damage associated with the virus, the researchers added. Adults with hepatitis C were three times more likely to have five or more drinks daily -- currently or in the past -- than people who...

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Off-Label or Off-Limits? Should You Use A Drug For An Unapproved Use?

Off-Label Drug Use: What Is It? You may be surprised to learn that you have probably been prescribed a medication “off-label” at one point or another by your doctor. Maybe you’ve heard of “off-label” drug use in the news, but what does this really mean? “Off-label” use of a drug refers to prescribing a medication […]

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set For April 30th

On Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm local time, communities will team up with law enforcement to host the 11th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The DEA’s “Take-Back” initiative is one of four strategies under the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 to reduce prescription drug abuse and diversion […]

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Can the U.S. Win the War On Opioids?

Remember the “War on Drugs”? This may conjure images of Mexican drug lords, packages of smuggled cocaine, or clandestine DEA agents. But now we all know that the real bandit is found right in our own home — in our bathroom medicine cabinets. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 44 people in the […]

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