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Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Canada

Recreational marijuana became legal in Canada today, and while many welcome the move, others have serious concerns. An editorial published Oct. 15 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association, called legalization an "uncontrolled experiment in which the profits of cannabis producers and tax revenues are squarely pitched against the health...

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Preeclampsia Tied to Tripling of Dementia in Later Life

High blood pressure during pregnancy can be a sign of preeclampsia -- a potentially life-threatening complication. Now, new research suggests preeclampsia might also make women more vulnerable to a specific type of dementia. Women with a history of preeclampsia were 3.4 times more likely to suffer from vascular dementia later in life, the researchers...

Posted today in Medical

Omega-3s in Seafood May Keep You Healthier, Longer

Tuna, salmon, mackerel, cod: Whatever your preference, eating more seafood may help you stay healthy as you age, new research suggests. In a study spanning 22 years, researchers found that higher blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood were associated with a better chance of healthy aging. The study involved more than 2,600 U.S. adults...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Yutiq (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) for Chronic Non-Infectious Posterior Segment Uveitis

EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:EYPT), a specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic products, announced today that the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Yutiq™ (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) for the treatment of chronic non-infectious uveitis affecting...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Talzenna (talazoparib) for gBRCAm HER2-Negative Locally Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer

On October 16, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved talazoparib (Talzenna, Pfizer Inc.), a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, for patients with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA-mutated (gBRCAm), HER2‑negative locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer. Patients must be selected for therapy based on an FDA-approved...

Posted 2 days ago in FDA Alerts

FDA Updates on Valsartan Recalls

Investigation ongoing – This page to be updated as more information is available FDA releases additional NDMA/NDEA detection methodUpdate [10/16/2018] FDA is posting a gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) method utilizing liquid injection for detecting the presence of impurities N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-Nitrosodiethylamine...

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Health Tip: Be Aware of Autumn Driving Hazards

-- Autumn is a particularly dangerous time to be out driving. The days are getting shorter, the weather can be unpredictable and wet leaves frequently cover the roads. The American Association of Retired Persons suggests these Autumn driving tips: Watch for kids. They may line the streets waiting for buses, biking or walking. Drive earlier. The days...

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Health Tip: Keep Ticks Away

-- If you want to lower your risk of getting Lyme disease, keeping ticks away is your best bet. offers these suggestions for reducing the tick population near your home: Prune trees. Clear brush. Remove litter. Mow grass short, and let it dry thoroughly between waterings. Get rid of birdfeeders and birdbaths. Clear away woodpiles and...

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Common Drug Shows Promise Against Lymphedema

Lisa Hanson was first diagnosed with the leg swelling and fluid retention of lymphedema when she was just 17. Now in her 40s, she reconciled herself to a lifetime of long pants, compression hose and a nightly, hours-long bout with an electric pump to keep the swelling down. She said her lymphedema made her feel like "a freak." But now, millions of people...

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Experts Sound Warning About 'Baby Boxes'

Cardboard baby boxes are gaining fans, but are they as safe as cribs and bassinets? Experts say no. Without supporting evidence, "the cardboard baby box should not be promoted as a safe sleeping space, but as only a temporary substitute if nothing else is available," said Peter Blair, a professor at the University of Bristol in England, and colleagues. There's...

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Am I too old for the HPV vaccine?

Last week, the FDA announced it had approved expanded use of the HPV vaccine (Gardasil 9) to include those aged 27 through 45. Previously, approval only covered males and females aged nine through 26. But how effective is the vaccine when you are older and is it worthwhile? The HPV vaccine protects against nine different […]

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Is that generic really the same as your branded drug?

You’re at the pharmacy with a script from your doctor and you’ve been told you can choose between the brand-name drug and its generic equivalent. The difference in cost is significant. But does that equate to a difference in effectiveness or side effects? Bringing a new drug to market costs over 2.6 billion dollars and […]

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Nobel Prize for Medicine to Researchers Who Discovered New Way To Treat Cancer

We have entered a new era of Cancer chemotherapy, thanks largely in part to the work of two passionate researchers in the field, James Allison of the University of Texas and Dr. Tasuku Honjo from Kyoto University in Japan. This week, both men were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discovery of two […]

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