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COVID-19 vaccine rules see FDA try to win over anti-vaxxers

COVID-19 vaccine rules see FDA try to win over anti-vaxxers

Fearing skepticism or even outright refusal among some Americans to consider a COVID-19 vaccination, the US Food and Drug Administration has preemptively published its guidelines for the development of a lasting coronavirus treatment. The recommendations, released today, cover the process by which the FDA will eventually approve potential COVID-19 vaccines, at least in part to try to bring "anti-vaxx" advocates onboard.

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Popular children’s medicines recalled, but not for the reason you think

Popular children’s medicines recalled, but not for the reason you think

The FDA published an advisory late last week revealing that multiple children's medications have been recalled, including Robitussin and Dimetapp. The recall covers two lots of the over-the-counter medication, which are sold as products for coughing and colds in 4oz and 8oz sizes. According to the FDA, the recall was voluntarily initiated by GSK Consumer Healthcare after the issue was discovered.

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NIH details five lifestyle choices that slash Alzheimer’s disease risk

NIH details five lifestyle choices that slash Alzheimer’s disease risk

The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging (NIA) has funded a study that links five lifestyle behaviors with a drastic decrease in one's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The research was recently published in the journal Neurology, revealing that people who adhered to at least four of the five lifestyle factors were at a 60-percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

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Public toilets named COVID-19 risk as study finds virus ‘clouds’

Public toilets named COVID-19 risk as study finds virus ‘clouds’

It's important to close the toilet lid before flushing for sanitation reasons, but doing so isn't possible in many public facilities located in the United States and many other countries. These public toilets not only often lack a lid, but also flush with a greater velocity than most home toilets, paving the way for potential 'clouds' of particles containing viruses like the one behind COVID-19.

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Loneliness rewires how the human brain perceives friendship

Loneliness rewires how the human brain perceives friendship

Loneliness changes the way the human brain perceives relationships, according to a new study, demonstrating a 'lonelier' neural response to different kinds of relationships compared to that of people who aren't lonely. The findings were based on MRI brain scans that focused on activity in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) where a personal social network 'map' is stored.

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EndeavorRx is FDA’s first game-based therapy approval

EndeavorRx is FDA’s first game-based therapy approval

Computer games get a bad rap for their addictive elements and violent content but those conveniently ignore the wide variety of genres, content, and purposes available in such a broad medium. Even discounting explicitly educational games, there is still a long list of games that go beyond entertainment. The latest and perhaps strongest proof of games' potential for good is the FDA's approval of the EndeavorRx mobile game for kids diagnosed with ADHD, the first time the agency has given its thumbs-up to a game.

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Common cholesterol drugs may trigger protective gut bacteria changes

Common cholesterol drugs may trigger protective gut bacteria changes

Newly published research details a 'clear link' between taking a common cholesterol-lowering drug and healthier gut bacteria. Though additional research is necessary to understand the full implications of this discovery, the study indicates that certain medications may be a useful preventative treatment in people who have less healthy gut bacteria, giving them a beneficial boost that may help reduce or protect against various conditions.

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Study finds face masks ‘critical’ for individual COVID-19 protection

Study finds face masks ‘critical’ for individual COVID-19 protection

If you've been refusing to wear a face mask in public, now is the time to start. A new study out of Texas A&M University has found that failing to wear a face mask puts a person at dramatic risk of contracting the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 -- and it also increases their odds of spreading it to other people. Face masks alone aren't enough to prevent the virus, but they are an important tool.

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Under Armour made a face mask: Good luck trying to find one

Under Armour made a face mask: Good luck trying to find one

Under Armour is the latest company to release its own reusable cloth face mask, one that you will have a lot of trouble acquiring at any point in the near future. The mask is shaped to fit one's face, unlike plain rectangular medical masks that often leave gaps. The new mask offering joins similar products launched by a number of companies, including some TV show-themed options from ViacomCBS.

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Another batch of metformin recalled over cancer-causing impurity

Another batch of metformin recalled over cancer-causing impurity

The FDA has revealed that another lot of metformin, a drug commonly used by type-2 diabetics, have been recalled over the presence of an impurity that is linked to the development of cancer. The recall announcement follows similar recent recalls from multiple companies after the FDA published the results of testing on metformin samples.

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MDMA clinical trials report profound long-term impact on PTSD suffers

MDMA clinical trials report profound long-term impact on PTSD suffers

Non-profit organization MAPS has published the long-term results of multiple Phase 2 clinical trials on the use of MDMA and therapy to treat PTSD. The results were favorable, finding that most participants experienced extended benefits from the treatment for the duration of at least one year. More than half of the volunteers no longer met the diagnostic criteria for PTSD after two months.

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Cannabis found to relieve PTSD symptoms, but there’s a catch

Cannabis found to relieve PTSD symptoms, but there’s a catch

Many people claim that cannabis ("marijuana") helps with a variety of conditions, including mental health issues, though evidence to back up these claims is still slim. Adding to the growing body of evidence is a new study from Washington State University where researchers have found that cannabis is able to relieve the symptoms of PTSD. Unfortunately, there's some bad news to go along with it.

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