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Twenty-six, five of which have died, have been hospitalized due to poisoning brought on by caramel apples, according to the CDC. The government agency has cautioned Americans to not eat any pre-packaged, commercially produced caramel apples, including those with toppings like nuts or sprinkles. A total of 28 people have become sick with listeria in ten states.
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GlobeAtlantic-121814.jpg The average global life expectancy has increased by about six years to 71.5 in the last two decades. The study, which was published in The Lancet, found that deaths from cancer (down by 15 percent) and cardiovascular disease (down by 22 percent) and deaths from diarrhea and neonatal complications have declined. goutattack-121214.jpg Acute gout attacks are twice as likely to happen at night and in the early morning, according to research conducted at Harvard Medical School. The study, published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, included 700 sufferers of gout over a period of one year. During the time, the team recorded 1,500 attacks: 700 occurred between midnight and 7:59 AM. bpa-120914.jpg Drinking beverages from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could be linked with increased blood pressure, according to a new study from researchers at the Environmental Health Center at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea. For the study the researchers examined 60 men and women, aged 60 and up, by having them drink soy milk from BPA-lined cans. More
dentalsurgery-121014.jpg Women are more likely to suffer complications during dental surgery than during an abortion, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, studied 54,911 abortions performed between 2009 and 2010 through Medi-Cal, California's health insurance for low-income residents. pregnant-090613.jpg The number of strokes suffered by women who are pregnant is increasing, according to a new study. The new study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, documented a 61.5 percent increase from the mid-1990s to 2010-11. The study analyzed administrative data from nearly 82 million hospitalizations of pregnant women, and found about 31,000 hospitalizations for stroke over 17 years. breastcancerribbon-120814.jpg A new study finds that many elderly breast cancer patients are subjected to unnecessary radiation treatments. Researchers at Duke University examined rates of whole-breast radiation therapy in older patients both before and after oncology guidelines recommending less radiation in older patients in certain situations were released. More
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Pain Relievers May Offer Small Protection Against Skin Cancer



Pain relievers like ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories may reduce the risk of one type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The study, published in the journal Cancer, surveyed data on 200,000 people in Denmark. Eighteen thousand of the participants had been diagnosed with either basal cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma or SCC.
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'Superbugs' To Kill 'More Than Cancer' By 2050



Infections that are resistant to anti-bacterial drugs will cause 10 million new deaths every year by 2050, warns a report from the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance [AMR]. The study, commissioned by the U.K. government, estimates that the deaths would claim 2-3.5 percent of GDP worldwide. "The research was commissioned to understand the economic cost of AMR . . ."
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FDA Approves New Blood Test For Heart Disease Risk



The FDA has issued approval on a new blood test that can help predict heart disease risk. The new test, called PLAC Test for Lp-PLA2, has been approved for use in both men and women who have no previous history of heart disease. The new test uses blood analysis to look for Lp-PLA2 (lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2), an enzyme that is indicative of pulmonary inflammation.
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Removing Clot Helps Limit Stroke Disability, Study Says



Damage from a stroke can be decreased with a dose of blot clot busting medication, according to research sponsored by the Dutch Heart Foundation. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, surveyed data on 500 stroke patients, 90 percent of whom were given the clot-busting medicine. After three months, 33 percent of those treated with the meds were able to live independently.
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12/21/14CBSTCeftolozane/Tazobactam (NDA) FDA decision on Ceftolozane/Tazobactam for the treatment of complicated urinary tract Infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections
12/05/14INCYRuxolitinib (sNDA)FDA decision on Ruxolitinib as a potential treatment in the addnl. indication of polycythemia vera patients who have had an inadequate response to or are intolerant of hydroxyurea
12/05/14ACTCeftazidime-avibactam (NDA)FDA panel to review Ceftazidime-avibactam for the proposed indications of: Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections, Complicated Urinary Tract Infections
11/30/14BMYDaclatasvir (NDA)FDA decision on Daklinza for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C
11/26/14AVNRAVP-825 (NDA)FDA decision on AVP-825 for the acute treatment of migraine.
11/23/14ITMNPirfenidone (NDA resubmission)FDA decision on Pirfenidone for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
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