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The life expectancy for non-Hispanic white women has decreased slightly over the past few years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to new research, experts from the National Center for Health Statistics ran the numbers for the years 2013 and 2014 and found non-Hispanic white women have a slightly lower life expectancy, dropping 0.1 year.
texting-while-driving-050416.jpgThe increasing use of smartphones among teenagers may be the cause of struggle in some family homes, according to a news study from researchers at the Common Sense Media Group. For the study, overseen by Northwestern University, the researchers polled 1,240 parents about teen phone use. The researchers found that about half of the teens' parents described them as addicted to their phones.
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. 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
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. pancreascells-0419116.jpg Transplanting insulin-producing pancreas cells is an effective treatment for patients with severe diabetes, reveals a new study by the National Institutes of Health. Purified human pancreatic islets were used in the single arm multi center phase 3 study. Place of residence may have a direct impact on life expectancy, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford. For the study the researchers examined tax records from 1.4 billion Americans between ages of 40 and 76 over the course of 15 years. The researchers found that the wealthiest Americans live an average of 10 to 15 years longer than the poorest Americans. More

SPF 30 Sun Block May Prevent Melanoma

Using an SPF 30 rated sunscreen may help prevent the deadliest forms of skin cancer, according to a new study from researchers at The Ohio State University. For the study the researchers examined a group of mice that were genetically predisposed to developing melanoma. They used an SPF 30 rated sunscreen on some of the mice and none on others.

One-Third Of Antibiotic Prescriptions May Be Unnecessary

As many as one-third of all the antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. may be unnecessary, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the study the CDC collected data on all the antibiotic prescriptions in the U.S. between 2010 and 2011. "Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, and if we continue down the road of inappropriate use we'll lose the most powerful . . ."

Psychotherapy Recommended For Insomnia

Psychotherapy could be the best option for the treatment of chronic insomnia, according to a new study from researchers at the American College of Physicians. In a new report, the group suggested that the practice of cognitive behavioral therapy could be as effective but less risky than the prescription medication. "Sometimes we forget that sleep medications have the potential for serious . . ."

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07/24/16OCULDEXTENZA (NDA)FDA decision on DEXTENZA for the treatment of ocular pain following ophthalmic surgery
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07/22/16SHPG, SHP.LLifitegrast (NDA Resubmission)FDA decision on Lifitegrast for dry eye disease in adults
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