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Researchers are testing whether MDMA, the active ingredient in the drug Ecstasy, may be a useful treatment for social anxiety in adults with autism. The drug has previously been thought to boost confidence and heighten understanding of social cues, according to researchers from Stanford University and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.
legplaster-052715.jpg Those who suffer from subclinical hyperthyroidism may be at an increased risk for fractured hips and spines, according to a new study from researchers at Bern University in Switzerland. For the study the researchers reviewed health records of 70,298 volunteers, 4,092 (5.8 percent) of whom had subclinical hypothyroidism and 2,219 (3.2 percent) had subclinical hyperthyroidism. Depressed-052215.jpg Men with sleep apnea may be at a greater risk for depression than those without the condition, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia. For the study the researchers examined health records from 860 men between the ages of 35 to 83 with an average age of 60. Over the course of the five-year study the researchers tested each of the men for depression. Blutspende-051415.jpg The FDA has reportedly confirmed plans to lift their ban on blood donation from gay male donors. The FDA had previously banned blood donation from gay men to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, but now says that this risk is not a concern. "No transmissions of HIV, hepatitis B virus, or hepatitis C virus have been documented through U.S.-licensed plasma derived products in the past two decades." More
Many freshman female students have experienced at least some type of rape, according to a new study. The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, looked at 483 women who were a representative sample of the freshman class and who volunteered to partake in the study. The women filled out questionnaires when they arrived on campus and at the end of their fall semester. texting-100714.jpg Looking hot today? It might not matter. If the person you are trying to attract has a low sex drive, it may be difficult to grab their attention, no matter how much you primp or preen. Couples-051215.jpg Increased sexual activity may not lead to greater overall happiness, according to a new study from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. For the study the researchers collected data from 128 married heterosexual couples between the ages of 35 and 65. Despite the thought that more sex leads to greater happiness, those who had the most sex reported a decrease in happiness. More

Skin Cancer Treated Successfully With Cold Sore Virus

A genetically engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores could serve as a measure against treating skin cancer, researchers have found. Trial results, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, show the therapy could lengthen survival by years - but only for some melanoma patients. The modified herpes virus is harmless to normal cells.

FDA Recalls Various Mucinex Liquid Remedies

The FDA has issued a recall on several varieties of liquid Mucinex cold remedies. The recall was issued after it was discovered that drug ingredients listed on the front labels may not always align with the drug facts listed elsewhere on the label. The recall includes the products MUCINEX® FAST-MAX® Night Time Cold & Flu; MUCINEX® FAST-MAX® Cold & Sinus and others.

Insomniacs May Have Lower Pain Tolerance

Insomniacs may have a lower tolerance for pain than people who do not consider themselves insomniacs. Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Bergen examined over 10,000 adults who reported their sleep levels and perceived insomnia. The subjects then underwent a standard pain sensitivity test in which they had to hold their hand in cold water for a set amount of time.
americansenios-050715.jpg About one-quarter of adults aged 65 years and older used mobility devices—such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs—in 2011, and about a third of these reported using multiple devices, according to the findings of a Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study. The use of such devices was not linked... More

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08/27/2015AMGNEvolocumab (BLA)FDA decision on Evolocumab for the treatment of high cholesterol
08/27/2015AMGNEvolocumab (BLA) FDA decision on Evolocumab for the treatment of high cholesterol
08/27/2015BMYOpdivo (sBLA)FDA decision on Opdivo for expanded use in treating previously untreated patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma.
08/22/2015ALKSAripiprazole lauroxil (NDA)FDA decision on Aripiprazole lauroxil for the treatment of schizophrenia
08/22/2015ALKSAripiprazole Lauroxil (NDA)FDA decision on Aripiprazole Lauroxil for the treatment of schizophrenia
08/11/2015EXELCobimetinib (NDA)FDA decision on Cobimetinib for treatment of patients with BRAF V600 mutation-positive advanced melanoma
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