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  • Falls a Growing and Deadly Threat for Older Americans

    Posted: 09/28/2016

    Falls a Growing and Deadly Threat for Older Americans THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among older people in the United States, and this health threat is likely to grow since 10,000 Americans now reach age 65 every day, a new federal report shows. Every second of every day, an older American falls. As falls increase, so do health care costs. In the report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged doctors to help prevent falls a...

  • Flavorings Boost Toxicity of E-Cigarettes in Lab Study

    Posted: 09/28/2016

    Flavorings Boost Toxicity of E-Cigarettes in Lab Study THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flavorings used in e-cigarettes can increase the toxicity of the vapor that users inhale, a new laboratory study done with airway cells shows. E-cigarette vapor also becomes even more toxic if users boost their devices by increasing the battery output voltage, the researchers added. The toxins contained in e-cigarette vapor irritate and inflame cells lining the airways, and could cause or exacerbate breat...

  • Farm Kids Get Fewer Allergies, International Study Finds

    Posted: 09/28/2016

    Farm Kids Get Fewer Allergies, International Study Finds TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Growing up on a farm may help ward off allergies later in life, a new study suggests. The study also found that women who spend their early years on a farm typically have stronger lungs than their suburban or city-dwelling peers. Other research has suggested that exposure to germs and potential allergens in early childhood could protect people against allergies later. A team led by the University of Melb...

  • Food Flavors May Come From Surprising Sources

    Posted: 09/28/2016

    Food Flavors May Come From Surprising Sources TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When is a lemon not a lemon? When it's "lemon flavor" in a processed food or drink. The flavorings found in many foods and beverages may come from surprising sources. But, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said you can find out what's really in your foods by checking the ingredients list on product labels. Just because a label says "maple" cereal doesn't mean it contains any maple syrup. It could be made with m...

  • FDA's Cancer-Drug Reviewers Often Join Industry Later: Study

    Posted: 09/28/2016

    FDA's Cancer-Drug Reviewers Often Join Industry Later: Study TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among federal employees who review new cancer-drug applications for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, about half who leave to work elsewhere end up working for the industry they once regulated. That's what researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) concluded after following the career paths of 55 FDA reviewers of new blood and cancer drugs. The findings raise concerns about regul...

  • FDA Approves 1st 'Artificial Pancreas' for Type 1 Diabetes

    Posted: 09/28/2016

    FDA Approves 1st 'Artificial Pancreas' for Type 1 Diabetes WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first automated insulin delivery system -- a so-called "artificial pancreas" -- for people with type 1 diabetes. "This first-of-its-kind technology can provide people with type 1 diabetes greater freedom to live their lives without having to consistently and manually monitor baseline glucose levels and administer insulin," Dr. Jeffrey Sh...

  • FDA Asks Public: What Is 'Healthy Food'?

    Posted: 09/28/2016

    FDA Asks Public: What Is 'Healthy Food'? WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants Americans to help it clarify the meaning of "healthy" on food labels. The agency is seeking this public input as it redefines nutritional claims on food labeling. The effort is part of an overall plan to help consumers quickly make healthy food choices and to encourage the food industry to develop healthier products, according to the FDA. "We know that many consumers use the...

  • For College Freshmen, Four-Legged Friends Chase Away Homesickness

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    For College Freshmen, Four-Legged Friends Chase Away Homesickness MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Man's best friend may also be a college student's best buddy, new research suggests. The study found that dog therapy can ease homesickness in first-year college students and possibly reduce their risk of dropping out. "Transitioning from high school to university can prove to be a challenge for many first-year students," John Tyler Binfet, an assistant professor at the University of British Colu...

  • FDA OKs 1st Drug to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    FDA OKs 1st Drug to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted preliminary approval to the first drug for a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Exondys 51 (eteplirsen) was granted accelerated approval to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that progressively weakens the muscular systems of its victims. Most are in a wheelchair by their teens and do not survive past their 20s or 30s. "Patients with a ...

  • First Drug Approved for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    First Drug Approved for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exondys 51 (eteplirsen) injection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for certain people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). It's the first drug to gain FDA approval for the condition. Exondys 51 is approved for people with a specific mutation of the dystrophin gene, affecting some 13 percent of people with the disorder. DMD, the most common form of muscular dystrophy, is a rare gene...