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The best time to get your flu vaccine? Now, according to research.

October 29, 2019


The U.S. influenza season officially kicked off on Oct. 1, and while most states are reporting only sporadic flu activity, experts say now is the best time of year to get vaccinated to ensure the highest level of protection.

Did your period-tracking app say you have a disorder? Here's why some experts are skeptical.

October 29, 2019


Period-tracking apps like Flo and Clue are releasing assessments that help determine users' risk of hormonal disorders—but experts say the assessments often are inaccurate and might cause unnecessary worry.

FDA approves new therapy to treat cystic fibrosis in patients 12 and older—and it will cost $311,503

October 28, 2019


FDA on Monday announced that it has approved Trikafta, the first-ever triple combination therapy to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients ages 12 and older who have a genetic mutation that affects the vast majority of CF patients.

Why a popular algorithm showed bias toward white patients (and how it can be fixed)

October 28, 2019


A widely used algorithm is more likely to classify white patients as needing follow-up care than comparably ill black patients, according to study in the journal Science—and the study's senior author said it is "inconceivable" that other common algorithms do not have similar flaws.

CMS delays new primary care, kidney care value-based payment models

October 28, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced it is delaying the start of several new voluntary value-based payment models, but it continued to encourage Medicare providers to apply to participate in the payment models.

FDA recommends boxed warnings tying breast implants to cancer

October 25, 2019


FDA this week posted draft guidance recommending manufacturers include boxed warnings on breast implants after the agency found a link between certain implants and a sharp increase in cases of and deaths involving a rare cancer.

DEA will accept unwanted vaping devices as mysterious lung illness cases surge

October 25, 2019


The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced that, for the first time, it will accept unwanted electronic vaping devices and cartridges at collection sites across the United States during its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Biogen reverses course and will seek FDA approval for Alzheimer's drug

October 24, 2019


Biogen on Tuesday announced that it will seek FDA approval for aducanumab, an Alzheimer's disease drug that originally had been considered a failure, after the company in March said trials of the drug had not shown clinical benefits.

'A nightmare situation': A popular childhood cancer-fighting drug is in short supply

October 22, 2019


Vincristine, a drug used to treat the vast majority of childhood cancers, is becoming less and less available, and doctors say they might have to ration the drug if the shortage continues.

Sanofi pulls Zantac off the US market amid cancer concerns

October 22, 2019


French drugmaker Sanofi last week announced that it is recalling the common heartburn drug Zantac in the United States and Canada as a "precautionary measure," after U.S. and European health regulators linked the drug to a probable cancer-causing impurity.

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