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Aprecia’s First 3D Printed Drug Wins FDA Approval

BLUE ASH, Ohio, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved SPRITAM® levetiracetam for oral use as a prescription adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures, myoclonic seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in adults and children with epilepsy.[1] SPRITAM utilizes Aprecia’s […]

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U.S. Authority Warns Hospitals Over Use Of Hackable Drug Pump

The US Food and Drug Administration is now “strongly encouraging” hospitals not to use a leading brand of drug pump over hacking fears. Hospira, which made the Symbiq Infusion System pump, had already discontinued the product for business reasons. The devices were previously revealed to be hackable by an independent researcher. Hey, check out all […]

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Scientists Back Off Some Findings in NYC Subway Microbiome Study

Scientists who mapped the DNA of the New York City subway system have backed off a claim that they discovered traces of anthrax and bubonic plague at several stations, after federal and city public health officials strongly disputed the findings. Upon further analysis, the scientists now say, there is no evidence that those suspect DNA […]

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Extreme picky eating may portend mental health problems in preschoolers

Preschoolers who are extremely picky eaters may also be more prone to mental health problems, a study suggests. Children with severely selective eating habits were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or social anxiety than kids who consumed a wide variety of foods, the study found. Even moderately selective eating was […]

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Eli Lilly faces first U.S. trials over Cymbalta withdrawal

Eli Lilly & Co on Tuesday will confront the first U.S. trial over allegations it failed to warn users of its popular antidepressant Cymbalta that they could suffer severe withdrawal symptoms, including suicidal thoughts and electric shock-like sensations. Plaintiff Claudia Herrera is one of about 250 people who have sued Lilly over Cymbalta, and the […]

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Planned Parenthood fight over fetal tissue research hits U.S. Congress

Planned Parenthood will be the focus of a partisan showdown in the U.S. Senate on Monday, as abortion foes press forward a political offensive against the women’s healthcare group over its role in fetal tissue research. Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, reinvigorating America’s debate about abortion as the 2016 […]

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In a first, drug using 3D printing technology gets FDA nod

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, approved a drug that uses 3D printing technology, paving the way for potential customization of drugs to suit patients’ needs. The drug, made by privately held Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Co, was approved for oral use as a prescription adjunctive therapy in the treatment of epilepsy, […]

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ArroGen Previews New Fingerprint Molecular Identification Technology

GREENVILLE, N.C., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ArroGen Group, an integrated advanced forensic solutions company, will unveil its new Fingerprint Molecular Identification™ (FMID) technology Aug. 2-8 at the International Association for Identification’s educational conference in Sacramento, Calif. FMID, a new category in forensic science, will enable law enforcement agents, district attorneys and government agencies to build […]

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CDC funding helps states address infectious disease threats

ATLANTA, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced awards of nearly $110 million to help states and communities strengthen their capacity to track and respond to infectious diseases. The awards represent an increase of about $13 million over fiscal year 2014 funding, with increases going to vaccine-preventable-disease […]

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Vitamin D may not benefit postmenopausal bone health

High doses of vitamin D may not help strengthen bones in postmenopausal women, a study suggests. Vitamin D helps the body use calcium, and calcium in turn helps support bone health. After a year on high-dose vitamin D supplements, women were absorbing slightly more calcium from their intestines into their blood compared to women who […]

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