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Would Your State Gun Laws Have Deterred Psycho Santa?
The NRA lost a lot more than elections for eight seats in Congress this year.  It lost some of its best legends.
Jan 10, 2009 - 8:04:32 AM

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Understanding Antidepressant Medications
Depression affects about 121 million people worldwide and is a leading cause of disability, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Jan 9, 2009 - 2:55:25 PM

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FDA Issues Update to Safety Review on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today reaffirmed its position that elevated amounts of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol,” are a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, stroke and sudden death and that lowering LDL cholesterol reduces the risk of these diseases.
Jan 9, 2009 - 8:28:54 AM

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Antiepileptic Drugs raise suicide risk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it will require the manufacturers of antiepileptic drugs to add to these products' prescribing information, or labeling, a warning that their use increases risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors (suicidality). The action includes all antiepileptic drugs including those used to treat psychiatric disorders, migraine headaches and other conditions, as well as epilepsy.
Dec 16, 2008 - 1:50:48 PM

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HHS Releases Guidance for Use and Stockpiling of Antiviral Drugs for Pandemic Influenza
Health care workers and emergency services personnel who could have direct contact with individuals who are ill during an influenza pandemic should be protected with antiviral drugs throughout the pandemic, even before these workers are exposed or become ill themselves, according to guidance released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Dec 16, 2008 - 12:06:19 PM

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Bowel cleansing drugs required to carry boxed warnings
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it will add a Boxed Warning to the prescription oral sodium phosphate products Visicol and OsmoPrep to warn consumers about the risk of acute phosphate nephropathy (a type of acute kidney injury). Patients routinely take OSP products to cleanse the bowel before a colonoscopy (colon examination) and other medical procedures.
Dec 11, 2008 - 3:28:04 PM

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Get Set for Winter Illness Season
Editor's note: The following is cited from the FDA, representing the opinions of the agency only.  Those who do not trust drugs, vaccines or over-the-counter cold and cough medicines may consider using high doses of vitamin C and D as these vitamins are associated with immune responses against infections.
Dec 11, 2008 - 3:22:34 PM

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Celebrate Life: World AIDS Day 2008
December 1 is World AIDS Day; a time to celebrate the many lives saved by HIV prevention and treatment programs. It also serves as a reminder that we all must do more—as individuals, communities, and as world citizens—to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS
Dec 1, 2008 - 8:25:55 AM

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Sixteenth APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting
We, the Economic Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, gathered in Lima, Peru, under the theme: “A New Commitment to Asia-Pacific Development”. The theme chosen for APEC 2008 highlights the importance of reducing the gap between developed and developing member economies.  We are committed to strengthening the social dimension of globalization and ensuring that all members and all sectors of our economies can access the skills and opportunities to participate in, and benefit from, regional and global trade and investment.
Nov 23, 2008 - 2:55:11 PM

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Most patients don't heed advice to get HIV tests
The federal government recommended two years ago that patients in emergency rooms and doctor's offices should be routinely tested for HIV, but not many doctors have followed the recommendation, according to a new report presented this week at a conference in Arlington.
Nov 23, 2008 - 12:42:03 PM

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Using Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Products in Children
On Oct. 8, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement that supports recent voluntary actions by many drug manufacturers regarding the use of nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold products in children.
Nov 18, 2008 - 12:00:07 PM

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FDA: Potential risk from bisphosphonates
An article and an accompanying letter to the editor in the May 3, 2007, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine described increased rates of serious atrial fibrillation in two different studies of women ages 65 to 89 years old with osteoporosis treated with the bisphosphonates, Reclast and Fosamax.
Nov 12, 2008 - 12:03:18 PM

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FDA Reports Nationwide Recall of Mislabeled ReliOn Insulin Syringes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is notifying health care professionals and patients that Tyco Healthcare Group LP (Covidien) is recalling one lot of ReliOn sterile, single-use, disposable, hypodermic syringes with permanently affixed hypodermic needles due to possible mislabeling.
Nov 7, 2008 - 3:24:46 PM

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Using Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Products in Children
On Oct. 8, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement that supports recent voluntary actions by many drug manufacturers regarding the use of nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold products in children.
Nov 7, 2008 - 3:22:14 PM

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Supreme Court hears drug liability case
When you are injured by a medicine or die from taking it, the drug maker is almost certainly not responsible for your misery, according to the federal law.
Nov 3, 2008 - 8:45:09 AM

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Got urination problem? FDA got a new drug for you
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it had approved a new treatment called Toviaz (fesoterodine fumarate) to help patients suffering from overactive bladder or OAB.
Nov 2, 2008 - 8:44:04 AM

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FDA failed in assessing BPA risk, panel says
The Food and Drug Administration failed to properly assess the potential safety risk from the plastic chemical called bisphenol A or BPA, a report by a panel of FDA advisers says.
Oct 29, 2008 - 8:54:31 AM

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New female immigrants required to get cervical cancer vaccine
Homeland Security Department has mandated that new female immigrants age 11 to 26 get Gardasil the HPV vaccine to prevent their cervical cancer, news media reported.
Oct 25, 2008 - 5:08:46 PM

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Obama says Mccain would cut Medicare benefits by $882 billion.
Sen. Barack Obama is charging that Sen. John McCain would cut $882 billion in Medicare over a decade to pay for his healthcare proposal, The New York Times reported Oct 18.
Oct 19, 2008 - 2:19:42 PM

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U.S. suspends 9.3 mil grant to Emory University
The National Institutes of Health has reportedly stopped payments of a 9.3 million grant to Emory University as it is investigating an allegation that psychiatrist Charles Nemeroff, a prominent faculty member of the university, did not disclose his consulting properly to the school as required by the federal government.
Oct 16, 2008 - 12:17:59 PM

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Oklahoma forces women undergoing abortion to view their fetuses
An advocate group sued the state of Oklahoma over legislation that prohibits a woman from getting an abortion unless she undergoes an ultrasound first.
Oct 11, 2008 - 1:34:03 PM

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FDA: LabCorp can't sell ovarian cancer test
The U.S. Food and  Drug Administration has issued a letter to warn Burlington-based Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings that it is violating the law by selling a blood test for ovarian cancer.
Oct 9, 2008 - 11:14:26 AM

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HIV/AIDS Update: FDA approves generic formulation of lamivudine
On October 7, 2008, FDA granted tentative approval for a generic formulation of lamivudine 150 mg and 300 mg tablets, manufactured by Macleods Pharmaceuticals Limited of  Daman, India, indicated for use in combination with other anti-retroviral drugs for the treatment of HIV-1 infection.
Oct 8, 2008 - 7:56:09 PM

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American adults need half hour a day of exercise, U.S. says
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a health advisory saying that U.S. adults need to do half a hour of exercise per day whereas children should run and play at least one hour a day.
Oct 7, 2008 - 12:49:16 PM

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HHS Announces Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
Adults gain substantial health benefits from two and a half hours a week of moderate aerobic physical activity, and children benefit from an hour or more of physical activity a day, according to the new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The comprehensive set of recommendations for people of all ages and physical conditions was released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Oct 7, 2008 - 8:43:48 AM

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Bailout bill provides more mental health coverage
Patients have been receiving fewer benefits for their mental problems than other medical problems like heart disease and cancer from their health insurance and the economic bailout bill that has been signed by President Bush specifies that the discrimination should be eradicated.
Oct 6, 2008 - 7:35:39 AM

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It′s Time to Get Smart about the Use of Antibiotics
CDC campaign aims to draw attention to the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance.
Oct 5, 2008 - 11:41:02 AM

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FDA: Get flu vaccine now!
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a consumer advisory on flu vaccines after the CDC unveiled its recommendation that children ages from 5 months to 18 years should get flu shot for the 2008-2009 season.
Sep 29, 2008 - 11:40:15 AM

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Flu vaccine: recommendation changes for 2008-2009 season
Editor's note: The following is what you need to know about CDC flu recommendation and some basics about flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that children ages 6 months to 18 years get flu shot each year.
Sep 28, 2008 - 9:34:50 AM

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FDA 101: Product Recalls
Once a product is in widespread use, unforeseen problems can sometimes lead to a recall. Contaminated spinach, for example, led to the recent recall of spinach products under multiple brand names. Contaminated peanut butter led to the recall of thousands of jars of two popular brands. In both cases, FDA responded immediately to minimize harm.
Sep 25, 2008 - 7:12:21 PM

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