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5/18/2018

The FDA on Thursday released a list of drugmakers that have been delaying generic competition by withholding product samples from generic drug firms using the agency's safety regulations and other strategies. The list, which includes Novartis, Celgene, Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences and 35 other drugmakers, is the Trump administration's latest move to pressure pharmaceutical firms to lower drug prices.

5/18/2018

Southern sea otter populations have rebounded in federally protected sanctuaries, but communities have been unable to expand on their own into their previous habitat, which has undergone significant change since the top predators were hunted to the brink of extinction.

5/18/2018

People who have tried to pass off their pets as service animals have caused problems for those who rely on trained working dogs. Fraudulent service and comfort dogs have urinated in stores and chased and bitten real service dogs, causing some business owners to become suspicious and hostile.

5/18/2018

Actress Patricia Heaton says there is "good plastic surgery and bad plastic surgery," and after undergoing four cesarean sections and gaining weight with each pregnancy, the 5'2" actress decided to seek plastic surgery to look like her best self. "I think we're just in this great time where we have all these incredible scientific advances for your health and for the way you look," Heaton said, adding, "I think, if you use them in the right way, it's a beautiful thing."

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5/18/2018

House lawmakers are scheduled to vote next week on a Senate-passed bill that would allow terminally ill patients to request access to experimental drugs that have yet to receive FDA approval. "I am proud we will send this historic legislation to President Trump and offer hope to individuals and families facing dire circumstances," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

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5/18/2018

A study in The New England Journal of Medicine discovered the percentage of organ donors who died from a drug overdose rose from 1.2% in 2000 to 13.7% in 2016. The study also showed that such transplants were as safe and successful as organs taken from trauma victims or those that died of natural causes, although an earlier study found there was a higher risk that organs from overdose donors had hepatitis C or were labeled as an "increased infection risk."

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5/18/2018

Hacking group AnonPlus has attacked three websites run by the Workers' Compensation Administration of New Mexico, so the state has pulled down the sites. The group in recent days has also claimed to have struck websites run by other states.

5/18/2018

Researchers found that patients with type 2 diabetes and a recent acute coronary syndrome who received alogliptin did not have an increased risk of either first or recurrent cardiovascular events, compared with those on placebo. The findings in Clinical Cardiology, based on 5,380 patients from the Examination of Cardiovascular Outcomes with Alogliptin vs Standard of Care trial, revealed no significant difference in the number or type of CV events between the two groups.

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5/18/2018

LifePlus announced five clinical trials around the world are being performed to evaluate its LifeLeaf noninvasive continuous blood glucose monitoring multi-sensor wearable, which also monitors blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation and respiration rate. The multi-sensor watch also noninvasively and continuously tracks chronic conditions, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure and hypertension, and provides users with cloud-based artificial intelligence solutions and notifications in real time.

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5/18/2018

A case study in Pediatrics described an 18-year-old woman admitted to the emergency department after experiencing breathing difficulties and chest pains who eventually developed respiratory failure and needed a mechanical ventilator while in the PICU, and was diagnosed with hypersensitivity pneumonitis, or wet lung, after using e-cigarettes for nearly three weeks. The woman's symptoms rapidly improved after receiving intravenous methylprednisolone treatment and she was removed from the mechanical support system five days after hospital admission.

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