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FDA proposes new fast path to market for certain medical devices

December 13, 2017
FDA proposes new fast path to market for certain medical devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently proposed creating a new fast track to market for certain medical devices and a potential reduction in the amount of safety data required for approval. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the proposal in a blog posted on the FDA’s website. If implemented, it could save device companies millions of [...]

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Motorcycle passengers have higher head injury risks than motorcycle drivers

December 13, 2017
Motorcycle passengers have higher head injury risks than motorcycle drivers

A study in the U.S has found that motorcycle passengers are less likely than drivers to wear helmets which increases their risk to suffer traumatic brain injuries in crashes. Researchers studied almost 80,000 motorcycle drivers and nearly 6,000 passengers who were involved in crashes between 2007 and 2010. Two-thirds of the drivers were wearing helmets, [...]

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Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions

December 13, 2017
Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions

Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions. Experts say this is because the risk of significant side effects outweighs the unclear evidence of a benefit. Most chronic conditions – coronary heart disease, dementia, stroke, fractures, and breast cancer, for example – are more common with increasing age, but there is [...]

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Eye injection Aflibercept proves effective in Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV), common in Asia Pacific

December 11, 2017
Eye injection Aflibercept proves effective in Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV), common in Asia Pacific

Pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer recently announced that its anti-VEGF treatment aflibercept solution for injection into the eye is effective as monotherapy in patients who have Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV). PCV is a subtype of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) that is particularly prevalent in Asia Pacific. Wet AMD is a leading cause [...]

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Having menstrual cramps? Try acupuncture mobile apps

December 11, 2017
Having menstrual cramps? Try acupuncture mobile apps

Women with intense menstrual cramp pain may get more relief from smartphone app-guided acupressure than with typical medical treatments like painkillers, a recent study suggests. Some previous research has linked acupressure – which uses precise finger placements at pressure points throughout the body to relieve pain – with reduced discomfort from menstrual cramps. To see [...]

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Nutritionists attract users to their food blogs by their credibility

December 11, 2017
Nutritionists attract users to their food blogs by their credibility

Consumers like healthy eating blogs written by nutritionists who seem credible and who interact with their readers, a small study in Canada suggests. The researchers looked at what properties of a food blog are most likely to encourage readers to make healthy changes in eating behaviour. They also found that references and links to extra [...]

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Kids who are physically active more likely to get better grades

December 11, 2017
Kids who are physically active more likely to get better grades

Students who get extra physical activity may pay more attention in school and do better in subjects like reading and math, a research review suggests. The study team analyzed data from 26 previously published studies with a total of more than 10,000 children between 4 and 13 years old. All of the prior studies measured [...]

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200 drugs in race to beat cancer

December 8, 2017
200 drugs in race to beat cancer

The race to develop new immunotherapy treatments against cancer has sparked an unprecedented explosion in the oncology drug pipeline, with more than 2,000 immune system-boosting agents now in development. The result is a scramble for patients to enrol in clinical trials, duplication of effort and the likely ultimate failure of many projects, according to experts. [...]

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Indonesia to ramp up fight against deadly diphtheria which has claimed at least 32 lives

December 8, 2017
Indonesia to ramp up fight against deadly diphtheria which has claimed at least 32 lives

Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunization drive next week to contain a sharp rise in cases of diphtheria, which has killed at least 32 people, including many children, in the world’s fourth most populous country this year. The health ministry said at least 591 cases had been reported since January, a 42 % increase [...]

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Childhood cancer survivors likely to face blood pressure problems later on

December 8, 2017
Childhood cancer survivors likely to face blood pressure problems later on

More than one in 12 adult survivors of childhood cancers may have undiagnosed high blood pressure, a U.S. study suggests. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be a particular problem for childhood cancer survivors because many of them have heart damage as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Even when they do get diagnosed [...]

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