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If your DNA test reveals you're at risk of an untreatable condition, would you want to know?

October 14, 2019


As DNA sequencing becomes more common, providers face a dilemma over how much information they should reveal to their patients about their risks for untreatable conditions.

The US' biggest public health crisis, according to 4 former US surgeons general

October 14, 2019


The number of dementia cases in the United States is "exploding," but the country has yet to come up with a plan to tackle the condition, a group of former U.S. surgeons general write for the Orlando Sentineland they offer ways the nation can address the crisis.

New HIV-prevention drug gets FDA approval—but not for cisgender women

October 14, 2019


FDA earlier this month approved Gilead Science's Descovy to prevent HIV infection in men and transgender women, and some critics are taking issue with the agency's decision to approve the drug before Gilead tested it on a large scale in cisgender women.

New FDA guidance outlines how drugmakers can co-develop cancer drugs with a diagnostic device

October 14, 2019


FDA on Wednesday took another step toward advancing so-called "precision medicine" by finalizing guidance detailing how drugmakers developing cancer drugs can incorporate risk assessments from unapproved diagnostic tests into their clinical trial applications.

A new study examined vitamin C to fight sepsis. The results are… complicated.

October 11, 2019


Providers in recent years have turned to vitamin C to treat sepsis based on limited evidence, and a study recently published in JAMA that sought to demonstrate whether the treatment is effective has left providers with no clear answers.

Only half of pregnant women received flu vaccines last year, survey shows

October 11, 2019


Only about one-third of pregnant women received both the influenza and tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccines last year, even though CDC strongly recommends the vaccines for every pregnancy, according to CDC survey results published Tuesday.

STI cases have reached record high. See the rise, charted.

October 10, 2019


The number of U.S. residents diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) hit a record high in 2018, with almost 2.46 million reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and other STIs, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

Jury orders J&J to pay patient $8B over antipsychotic Risperdal

October 10, 2019


A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday ordered New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $8 billion in punitive damages to a Maryland man who claimed J&J failed to properly warn patients and providers that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could spur breast growth in boys.

Why the US won't be affected by the latest Zantac recall

October 10, 2019


GlaxoSmithKline on Tuesday announced that it is recalling the common heartburn drug Zantac in all markets as a "precaution," after FDA last week announced that it has detected "unacceptable" levels of a cancer-causing chemical in some samples of the drug—but the recall will not affect Zantac products sold in the United States.

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