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Pregnant women living in areas plagued by high pollution may be more likely to give birth to children with damaged lungs, according to research conducted at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona. The study, published in the journal Thorax, surveyed data on 1,295 women at the beginning of their terms. The research team collected data on exposure to air pollution.
depression-101414.jpg A new study has revealed that physical activity may not help teens cope with depression symptoms nor does it stop them from developing depression. Researchers at the University of Cambridge tracked the physical activity of 736 participants with an average age of 14.5 for three years. They found that there was no link between physical activity and a lower incidence of depression symptoms.
testosterone-101314.jpg The FDA has ruled that there is a lack of evidence to prove that testosterone replacement therapy is effective in treating reduced testosterone levels in aging men. The agency says that use must be more strictly regulated, while ordering further tests on the risk of heart attack and stroke. Over the summer, the FDA required testosterone replacement therapy makers to include a general warning. texting-100714.jpg Teens who send sexually oriented texts, or sexts, may experience a greater likelihood of engaging in sexual activity, according to research conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data on an ethnically diverse group of adolescent students from Southeast Texas over a six-year period. pills-051914.jpg New research shows that those who abuse painkillers are not properly prepared to handle an overdose. The research, published their findings in a recent issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy, showed that most narcotic abusers are unaware of their options. The study featured in-depth interviews among 46 users aged 18 to 32. All were residents of New York City. More
pregnant-090613.jpg Epidurals ought to be administered to laboring women when they ask for them, according to research conducted at Department of Women's Anaesthesia at the KK Women's and Children's Hospital in Singapore. The study, published in the Cochrane Review, surveyed data on 15,752 first time mothers, finding that injections given in the first stage of labor made for no additional birth complications. bcpill-031014.jpg A free program that offered birth control to women aged 15 to 19 helped to reduce the teenage pregnancy rate by 79 percent over five years and cut the abortion rate by 77 percent, according to a new study. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, featured teens who sought contraceptive services through a clinic and who were told about various types of birth control. acupuncture-100214.jpg Acupuncture may not be effective in treating chronic knee pain, a new study finds. Researchers studied the effects of administering either needle acupuncture, laser acupuncture, and sham laser and compared it to patients receiving no treatment at all for knee pain. They found that, among the 300 study participants, the patients receiving any kind of acupuncture reported the same reduction. More

Herceptin Boosts Survival Rate For Breast Cancer Patients

When added to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment, Herceptin (trastuzaumab) has proven to improve survival rates, according to research conducted at he Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, surveyed data on over 4,000 women with breast cancer, one half got chemo, while the other half got chemo with one year of treatment with Herceptin.

Older Antibiotic Still Effective Against Staph Infections

Vancomycin, an older antibiotic, is still effective in treating Staphylococcus aureus (staph disease) blood infections, according to research conducted at the University of Nebraska. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surveyed data on nearly 8,300 cases of staph.

Fish Oil Has Little Effect On Irregular Heartbeat

Fish oil supplements may not help improve an irregular heartbeat, according to research conducted at the University of Montreal. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, compared 337 patients with atrial fibrillation - one group taking a fish oil supplement and the other taking a placebo.

Anti-inflammatories May Help Ease Depression

Anti-inflammatory drugs may help ease depressive symptoms along with antidepressants, according to a new study. The study, published online in JAMA Psychiatry, found that the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could be linked to people having better responses to antidepressants without a higher risk of side effects.
Mangos-bloodsugar-090914.jpg Mango, one of the most popular tropical fruits, is said to be an excellent source of fiber, copper as well as vitamins C, A, folate and B6. Widely known in India as the King of Fruits, mango has many health benefits associated with it. More

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10/23/14REGNEYLEA (sBLA)FDA decision on EYLEA for the expanded indication of of Macular Edema following Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion
10/20/14AUXLXIAFLEX (sBLA) FDA decision on XIAFLEX for the treatment of two Dupuytren's contracture (DC) cords concurrently
10/20/14NVSSecukinumab (BLA)FDA panel to review Secukinumab for the proposed treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis
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10/16/14NAVB, NEOPLymphoseek (sNDA)FDA decision to further expand Lymphoseek labeling
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