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FDA approves first marijuana-based epilepsy medication

FDA approves first marijuana-based epilepsy medication

The FDA has approved the nation's first medication based on an active ingredient from marijuana. The drug, Epidiolex, is intended to treat seizures resulting from Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, two rare forms of epilepsy. The medication has been approved for patients aged two years or older and marks the first time the agency has approved a drug derived from cannabis.

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OsteoDetect AI tool finds wrist fractures, gets FDA approval

OsteoDetect AI tool finds wrist fractures, gets FDA approval

The FDA has approved a new artificial intelligence tool called OsteoDetect that helps doctors diagnose wrist fractures. The tool is a computer-aided detection and diagnosis software application that uses AI algorithms to help healthcare providers determine if a wrist fracture is present at a faster rate than traditional diagnostic technologies.

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FDA: 207 million eggs recalled in nine states over salmonella risk

FDA: 207 million eggs recalled in nine states over salmonella risk

Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms is initiating a voluntary recall of more than 207 million eggs out of "an abundance of caution" over salmonella risk, according to the FDA. The eggs may be contaminated with a variety of salmonella called Salmonella Braenderup, which can be fatal in compromised individuals and cause serious illness in otherwise health individuals. The eggs were distributed throughout nine states.

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FDA wants ISPs, social networks to help curb online opioid sales

FDA wants ISPs, social networks to help curb online opioid sales

The FDA wants social media companies like Facebook, as well as Internet service providers, to help deal with illegal online opioid sales. These illegal sales are completed in the absence of a doctor's prescription, helping fuel the opioid epidemic claiming lives across the nation. The FDA desires to "work collaboratively" with the companies to help get preventative actions in place.

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23andMe gets FDA approval for BRCA cancer risk DNA test

23andMe gets FDA approval for BRCA cancer risk DNA test

The FDA has approved a 23andMe's cancer risk test, one that provides the results directly to the consumer rather than to a doctor who would then provide their patient with info. The approval is specifically for the Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk (GHR) Report for the BRCA1/BRCA2 test revealing breast, prostate, and ovarian cancer risk.

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FDA starts recalling and destroying certain kratom products

FDA starts recalling and destroying certain kratom products

The FDA has announced a crackdown against certain kratom products in the US, saying it will be recalling and destroying kratom-containing products from a company called Divinity Products Distribution located in Grain Valley, Missouri. The news follows an announcement from the CDC saying it has linked a recent salmonella outbreak to kratom; more than two dozen illnesses have been reported.

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Blood test determines concussion severity, gets FDA approval

Blood test determines concussion severity, gets FDA approval

The FDA has announced approval of a blood test that helps determine the severity of a concussion. The blood test isn't a substitution for existing diagnostic methods, such as giving the patient a CT scan, but can help determine whether a concussion has happened and whether a CT scan is necessary. The test can be used to reduce radiation exposure to patients.

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An opioid in over-the-counter anti-diarrhea meds has the FDA worried

An opioid in over-the-counter anti-diarrhea meds has the FDA worried

Head to your local big box store, pharmacy, or even online retailers like Amazon and you can easily find anti-diarrhea medications made with the same main ingredient: loperamide. These medications serve an important purpose, of course, but some people are increasingly using them to get high. This trend has officials worried and now the FDA is taking steps to address the issue.

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FDA warns biohackers over DIY gene therapy

FDA warns biohackers over DIY gene therapy

Biohackers were on the receiving end of an FDA warning this week, one that advised DIYers that publicly available gene therapy kits are illegal. Gene therapy is the process of using genetic material for manipulating or in some way modifying the expression of a gene. Brave -- or foolish, perhaps -- biohackers have taken to self-administering their own gene therapies, and the FDA isn't happy about it.

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FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

An EKG reader by the name of KardiaBand is officially the first Apple Watch medical accessory to be approved by the FDA. This device works with the Apple Watch to detect abnormal heart rate. KardiaBand allows users to take a single 30 second EKG on their own wrist with a tap.

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FDA approves Abilify MyCite, a digital pill with a sensor that tracks doses

FDA approves Abilify MyCite, a digital pill with a sensor that tracks doses

The FDA has announced a new approval that marks a first for the agency: Abilify MyCite. This medication is described as a 'digital pill,' one that features both the medicine and an embedded sensor. Thanks to that sensor, patients and, more importantly, their doctors, are able to track when the medication has been taken. The pill works with a related wearable, but some worry about the privacy implications.

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FDA embraces vaping in surprise move against big tobacco

FDA embraces vaping in surprise move against big tobacco

After years of worry and doomsday conspiracy theories, the Federal & Drug Administration has just tossed a curveball into the tobacco industry, announcing plans to help support e-cigarettes and other 'innovations' that are less harmful than traditional cigarettes. The move aims to reduce the number of deaths and preventable diseases that arise from smoking tobacco, as well as curbing the use of cigarettes among teens.

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