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Those with increased exposure to pesticides may be at a higher risk for developing ALS, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan. For the study the researchers collected data from 156 ALS patients and 128 people without the disease. They found that the pesticide cis-chlordane increased ALS risk nearly sixfold.
Adults who were born as pre-term babies often have lower incomes and fewer sexual encounters, according to a new study from researchers at McMaster University in Ontario. For the study the researchers reviewed data collected on 189 adults born between 1977 and 1982. They found that by their mid-20's those born pre-term were making on-average $20,000 less per year than the term babies.
The first ever successful penis transplant has taken place in the United States. The man, 64-year-old Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, received the transplant over the course of a 15-hour surgery between May 8 and 9 in Boston. Manning was forced to have his penis removed due to cancer and doctors say they are "cautiously optimistic" that the surgery was successful. Tylenol-051316.jpg Those who routinely take Tylenol could have decreased levels of empathy for others, according to a new study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health. For the study 80 undergraduates read eight different scenarios. Half of the group had taken Tylenol while the others had not. "Pain might actually decrease empathy as well. So, there are other factors that need to be taken . . ." Tanning-bed-042516.jpg Tanning may limit the skin's natural ability to produce vitamin D, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pernambuco Medical School in Recife, Brazil. For the study the researchers reviewed health records for 1,000 males and females from Recife who were between 13 and 82 years old. More
The FDA has issued a warning that a common yeast infection drug may lead to miscarriages for some women. The FDA's warning follows a recent study from Danish researchers claiming that the drug oral fluconazole could pose some birth risks. The drug, which is marketed in the U.S. under the brand name Diflucan, currently has no warning on its label about possible birth defects. A new freezing technique may reduce phantom limb pain in amputees, according to a new study. The new study, presented at a meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology, in Vancouver, Canada, included 20 amputees diagnosed with phantom limb pain who underwent image-guided cryoablation, which involved insertion of a probe needle under the skin at the point of limb loss. dermatologic-surgery-041916.jpg A record number of surgical lip procedures took place in 2015, according to a new study from researchers at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. For the study the researchers collected data on plastic surgeries throughout the U.S. over the course of the last decade. They found that in 2015 there were 27,400 lip implant surgeries in the U.S., up 48 percent from 2000. More

Very Few Terminally Ill Patients Understand Diagnoses

Only about five percent of all terminally ill patients understand their diagnoses, according to a new study from researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine. For the study researchers collected survey data from 178 terminally ill patients about their understanding of their diagnosis following explanations from doctors.

Opioid Prescriptions Decline For First Time In 20 Years

Prescriptions of opioids have dropped in the U.S. for the first time in twenty years, according to a new study from researchers at research group IMS Health. The firm finds that opioid prescriptions have dipped about 12 percent since 2014 and declines in prescriptions have occurred in 49 states since 2013. "The deaths are still - have still been rising."

Mild Fever May Help Depression

Inducing a temporary fever in people who suffer from depression may ease the symptoms for up to six weeks, a new study suggests. The study, presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and published online in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, evaluated more than 300 possible volunteers for depression, using a standard scoring system.

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08/17/16PTLAAndexanet alfa (BLA)FDA decision on Andexanet alfa as Factor Xa inhibitor antidote
07/24/16OCULDEXTENZA (NDA)FDA decision on DEXTENZA for the treatment of ocular pain following ophthalmic surgery
07/23/16MRKBezlotoxumab (BLA)FDA decision on Bezlotoxumab for prevention of C. difficile infection recurrence
07/22/16SHPG, SHP.LLifitegrast (NDA Resubmission)FDA decision on Lifitegrast for dry eye disease in adults
07/21/16ADMARI-002 (BLA)FDA decision on RI-002 for the primary immunodeficiency population
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