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A new study shows that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have significant brain differences from healthy people. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine used three types of scanning technologies to scan the brains of healthy patients and those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. The findings are published in the October 28 issue of "Radiology."
Baby-102914.jpgExposure to the common plastics' chemical, phthalates, may have a negative impact on the genital development of baby boys, according to research conducted at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, measured metabolites of five phthalates in the urine of pregnant women during the first trimester.
scratching-103014.jpg A new study has found out why scratching an itch can make the itch stronger. Researchers at Washington University's Center for the Study of Itch examined serotonin levels in mice and found that scratching an itch produces pain signals that disrupt nerves from carrying itch signals. The itch signals trigger serotonin to be released to control the pain. diabetestuberculosis-102914.jpg Health experts warn that a rise in diabetes cases worldwide may result in a rise in tuberculosis. Anthony Harries of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease told Reuters that his organization is raising the alarm so "that we don't watch history repeat itself with TB-diabetes." Those who have diabetes are at a greater risk to get sick from a latent TB infection. ebola-102014.jpg All travelers who return from the West African countries plagued by the Ebola virus will be tracked by U.S. health officials. The program, which requires affected parties to have their temperature checked twice daily and report to a local public health department, applies to those who return to the country from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone. More
pregnant-102314.jpg A new study shows that black women who undergo in vitro fertilization are only about half as likely to become pregnant as white women. The study, presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) annual meeting in Honolulu, showed that about 31 percent of white patients became pregnant after IVF, compared to about 17 percent of black patients. trafficpollution-031014.jpg 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. 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. 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.

New Meningitis Vaccine Greenlighted By FDA

A new vaccine for meningitis has been greenlighted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine, Trumenba, is approved for protection in people 10-25 years of age against meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B bacteria, of which there were outbreaks last year at Princeton University and the University of California Santa Barbara.

Mediterranean Diet May Help Reverse Metabolic Syndrome

The Mediterranean diet, rich in whole grains, fruits, beans, fish and olive oil, may help reverse metabolic syndrome, according to research conducted at the Hospital Universitari de Sant Joan de Reus, in Spain. The study, published in CMAJ, surveyed the effects of the Mediterranean diet on metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by a collection of risk factors for heart disease.

Brain Injuries In Older Adults Linked To Increased Dementia Risk

Brain injuries in adults 55 and older may result in an increased risk of dementia, according to research conducted at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, surveyed data on nearly 52,000 emergency room patients in California from 2005 to 2011. They found that 8.4 percent of those suffering a traumatic brain injury went on to develop dementia.

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10/28/14MRKMK-3475 (BLA)FDA decision on MK-3475 for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma in patients who have been previously treated with ipilimumab
10/24/14NPSPNatpara (BLA)FDA decision on Natpara for the treatment of hypoparathyroidism
10/24/14RHHBYAvastin (sBLA)FDA decision on Avastin plus chemotherapy for the treatment of women with persistent, recurrent or metastaticcervical cancer
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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