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FDA reveals change that’ll help bring cheaper generic drugs to the US

FDA reveals change that’ll help bring cheaper generic drugs to the US

The FDA is moving forward on plans to lower drug costs by streamlining the development and approval of generic medications, the agency said on Tuesday. A push for the faster development of generic alternatives to name-brand medication came from former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, an effort that remains under acting commissioner Ned Sharpless.

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Another blood pressure drug tests positive for cancer-causing compound

Another blood pressure drug tests positive for cancer-causing compound

Another high blood pressure drug is facing a recall over the discovery of unacceptably high levels of an impurity that may cause cancer in some patients, according to a new report. The warning about the impurity comes from the pharmacy Valisure, which informed the FDA last week about high levels of a substance called dimethylformamide, which is a common solvent used for chemical reactions.

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Google and pharma company Sanofi team up for big data processing

Google and pharma company Sanofi team up for big data processing

Although tech companies like Google and Apple have dabbled in medical tech, they have mostly been limited to things like wearables or storing data in apps. At times, they even work on experimental devices like smart contact lenses. Now Google is putting another foot in the medical field, this time in the pharmaceutical field. It has partnered with drugmaker Sanofi in a new healthcare Innovation Lab to harness "emerging data technologies" to better understand diseases and, of course, patients.

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Ebola outbreak deaths confirmed as emergency WHO meeting called

Ebola outbreak deaths confirmed as emergency WHO meeting called

On June 11, the World Health Organization announced that officials have confirmed the presence of Ebola virus disease in Uganda, marking the first known instance of the virus spreading from the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On Friday, officials will gather in a meeting to decide whether the Ebola epidemic should be declared an emergency situation that may potentially impact international populations.

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Antibiotics found in rivers at up to 300 times over ‘safe’ levels

Antibiotics found in rivers at up to 300 times over ‘safe’ levels

A new study warns that antibiotics levels in rivers around the world are at levels up to 300 times higher than what is considered safe. The research involved the 14 most commonly used antibiotics, which were found at 65-percent of monitored rivers across 72 countries. An antibiotic called metronidazole, which is commonly used for bacterial infections, was found in the highest concentrations.

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FDA approves $2.1m gene therapy for infants with rare genetic disease

FDA approves $2.1m gene therapy for infants with rare genetic disease

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its first approval for a gene therapy treatment targeting young children. The gene therapy is called Zolgensma, and it is designed to treat the rare genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy in children under the age of two. The FDA's Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless called the approval a 'milestone' for gene therapy.

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This nasal spray stops med-resistant depression in trials

This nasal spray stops med-resistant depression in trials

The nasal spray medication called Esketamine was approved by the FDA this year for treatment of drug-resistant depression - and we've done a bit of an investigation. Over 17.3-million adults in the United States suffer from depression - that's over 7% of all US adults. It's safe to say this affliction affects the way we live our lives - and it'd be a pretty excellent day when we figured out how to adequately treat it.

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T-Cell “training” video could help fight Type 1 diabetes

T-Cell “training” video could help fight Type 1 diabetes

Forget outer space or the deep ocean or even the quantum realm. Our bodies are a microcosm of its own, with many parts and processes we still don't completely understand. One of those is our body's own immune system that protects us from diseases. Its most lethal weapon, the T cells, are also unfortunately also the cause of some life-threatening diseases. Doctors are now seeing, for the first time, the T-cells' "safety test" training recorded on video which can hopefully inform them how to properly train these killers.

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MIT deep learning model aims to predict future cancer risk

MIT deep learning model aims to predict future cancer risk

MIT has teamed up with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to create a new deep learning model that can predict from a patients mammogram if they are likely to develop breast cancer in the future. The model was trained using mammograms with known outcomes from over 60,000 patients that were treated at MGH. Using that dataset, the model learned subtle patterns in breast tissue that are precursors to malignancy.

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Gut bacteria research paves way for probiotic depression treatment

Gut bacteria research paves way for probiotic depression treatment

Over the years, scientists have strengthened the link between gut bacteria and mental health, among other aspects of one's overall health, indicating that our unique gut bacteria profiles may have a profound effect on psychiatric conditions, such as depression. A new study from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia adds to this body of evidence, detailing the outcome of gut bacteria transplants in lab rats.

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Study reveals how to trick nearly unbeatable brain lie detectors

Study reveals how to trick nearly unbeatable brain lie detectors

A new study has revealed two relatively simple methods that can be used to trick a brain imaging lie detector, which utilizes a functional MRI (fMRI) machine instead of a traditional polygraph system. Unlike techniques used to evade normal lie detection methods, researchers found that someone undergoing a brain imaging lie detection test can drastically reduce the results accuracy with two thought techniques.

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Walnuts may lower blood pressure, but only with this diet tweak

Walnuts may lower blood pressure, but only with this diet tweak

Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and are often recommended as a healthy fat source for health-conscious dieters. The small nuts may be an excellent dietary choice for individuals at risk of cardiovascular disease, as well, at least according to a new study out of Penn State. Researchers found that eating walnuts combined with a simple diet adjustment may reduce blood pressure levels.

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