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More Young Breast Cancer Patients Getting Gene Test

A growing number of young women with breast cancer are being tested for the BRCA gene mutations that substantially raise the risks of breast and ovarian tumors, a new study shows. Researchers found that of nearly 900 women who developed breast cancer at age 40 or younger, most had undergone BRCA testing within a year of their diagnosis. And the percentage...

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Neanderthal DNA May Play Role in Modern Human Health

Neanderthal DNA has a subtle but significant impact on modern human health, including nicotine addiction, depression and blood clotting, a new study suggests. It's been known since 2010 that between 1 percent and 4 percent of DNA in people with Eurasian ancestry is from Neanderthals. But the impact of that genetic inheritance has been unclear. To...

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FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of Celltrion’s CT-P13, a Proposed Biosimilar Infliximab

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Celltrion, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Arthritis Advisory Committee recommended approval of all indications for CT-P13, a proposed biosimilar to Janssen Biotech Inc.'s Remicade (infliximab), by a vote of 21-3. CT-P13 is the first biosimilar monoclonal antibody...

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New Mental Challenges Can Sharpen Aging Brain: Study

New mental challenges might help your mind stay sharp as you age, according to a small study. The research, from the University of Texas at Dallas, included 39 older adults who were randomly assigned to high- or low-mental challenge groups or to a control group. Those participants in the high-challenge group spent at least 15 hours a week for 14 weeks...

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Varied Diets May Not Curb Childhood Obesity, Study Suggests

Eating a greater variety of healthy foods may reduce the odds of being overweight in adults. But, a surprising new study suggests that a greater diversity of foods might not have the same effect in very young, poorer children, and may even increase their risk of becoming overweight. "We found that among low-income, preschool-age children in the U.S.,...

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Weakened Knees a Big Cause of Falls for Older People: Study

A new study supports what many American seniors may already know: that knee "instability" boosts their odds for a dangerous fall. "Falls, injury from falls and poor balance confidence are extremely common and debilitating problems in older people," said study author Michael Nevitt, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of...

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CDC Offering Zika Virus Tests for Pregnant Women

U.S. health officials are shipping test kits for the Zika virus to health departments around the country. They are to be used by pregnant women returning from Latin America and the Caribbean, where the virus may be to blame for severe birth defects. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also recommending that pregnant women avoid those...

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Flu Hits Poor Neighborhoods the Hardest, Study Shows

Poor Americans are more likely to be hospitalized with complications from flu than wealthier people, a new study finds. Low vaccination rates, packed housing and less access to regular medical care likely all play a role in boosting the risk of being in an intensive care unit, needing a respirator and dying from flu complications, said lead researcher...

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Study Counters Stereotypes About Native Americans and Alcohol

A new study dispels the widely held belief that Native Americans have high rates of alcohol abuse. Native Americans are more likely to avoid alcohol than whites, and both groups have similar rates of heavy and binge drinking, University of Arizona researchers found. The study authors analyzed responses from more than 4,000 Native Americans and 170,000...

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Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Still Poorly Understood: Report

Scientists and doctors still lack good insight into Gulf War illness and other health problems plaguing U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War, a new report says. More than $500 million in U.S. government-funded research on Gulf War veterans was conducted between 1994 and 2014, producing many results. But there has been little overall progress...

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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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FDA Flashback: The Top Five New Drug Approvals From 2015

This past year close to 100 new drugs were FDA-approved, so it’s encouraging to look back and see the progress that’s been made as 2015 ends. In fact, more than 40 novel drugs, including a new drug class for patients with high cholesterol, a first-time biosimilar, a life-saving heart failure drug, and a controversial agent to […]

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The Search for an Affordable Drug: 3 Practices To Outlaw

It may come as a surprise that as a pharmacist I am as mad as anyone about the ongoing trend of prescription drug price gouging. The real tragedy is that this gouging is often occurring with older prescription drugs for rare diseases that have limited manufacturer availability. It’s not that they can’t be made inexpensively; […]

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