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Legionnaires' Disease Outbreaks Continue Across the Country
Legionnaires' Disease Outbreaks Continue Across the Country
A Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak was confirmed in New York City earlier in the summer; however, investigations continue as additional deadly cases have been confirmed in other states.
Boosting Confidence and Independence in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis
Building multiple sclerosis (MS) patients’ confidence can improve their quality of life, according to a study published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Antifungal Drug Linked to Skin Cancer in Lung Transplant Recipients
Voriconazole, used to treat fungal infections in lung transplant recipients, has been reported to increase their risk of skin cancer and mortality.
Adding Drug Combination Sees Benefits in COPD Patients
Certain groups of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may see more benefits from adding a combination of aclidinium bromide and formoterol to their existing treatment, according to research conducted by the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).
Sleep Disorders: Opposing Ions May Be Culprit
The rising sun and moon may not be the only opposite partners when it comes to sleeping and waking. A research team at Northwestern University recently discovered a pair of opposing ion channels may be turn circadian neurons in the brain on and off on a daily cycle.
Praise for Video Games as PTSD Therapy
Video games have come under attack from those who instinctively feel they are related to violent behavior. But two new studies find they can be therapeutic.
"Real-World" Patients Excluded from Most Antidepressant Trials
Study results suggest that more than 80% of patients with depression in the general population appear to not be eligible for clinical trials of antidepressant medications.

Product News

Swab Test for Genital Herpes Approved
Swab Test for Genital Herpes Approved
The US Food and Drug Administration today announced it will permit Quest Diagnostics' Focus Diagnostics division to market a genital swab test for herpes simplex virus type 2.
Combo Cystic Fibrosis Therapy Approved
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved Orkambi (lumacaftor/ivacaftor/Vertex) to treat cystic fibrosis patients age 12 and older with two copies of the F508del mutation in the CFTR gene.
Hepatitis C: Good News on Genotype 1b Drug Combo
Results from the Turquoise III trial show an antiviral combo cured patients with chronic hepatitis C genotype 1b infections, according to data to be released June 26 at the International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Diseases in Berline, Germany.
New Antiplatelet Drug Approved
The US Food and Drug Administration today approved the use of cangrelor (Kengreal/The Medicines Company) for adults undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI).
Brain Implant for Parkinson’s Disease Approved
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval for the Brio Neurostimulation System– the second brain implant stimulation device to aid in the reduction of Parkinson’s disease symptoms and essential tremor.

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