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EMA gives conditional approval to AbbVie’s cancer drug

EMA gives conditional approval to AbbVie’s cancer drug

An advisory committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday gave its conditional backing to AbbVie Inc.’s venclyxto, a drug developed to treat a form of blood cancer.

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Breast cancer deaths decline for both white and black women in U.S.

Breast cancer deaths decline for both white and black women in U.S

Breast cancer death rates are on the decline for both white and black women and the racial gap for deaths related to the disease is closing in the United States, federal health officials said in their latest report.

In the newly released report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) said that breast cancer death rates slipped for white as well as black women between 2010 and 2014. However, overall death rate for white women slipped faster than black women, roughly 2 per cent annually vs. 1.5 per cent.

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DEA withdraws decision to classify kratom as Schedule I substance

DEA withdraws decision to classify kratom as Schedule I substance

Reversing a widely criticized decision, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Wednesday withdrew its notice of intent to classify kratom as a Schedule I substance.

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FDA reaffirms anticoagulant drug rivaroxaban’s safety and efficacy

FDA reaffirms anticoagulant drug rivaroxaban’s safety and efficacy

Following an extended trial and uncertainty, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday reaffirmed the anticoagulant drug rivaroxaban’s safety and efficacy.

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Turkey Hill recalls 48 oz. containers of Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream

Turkey Hill recalls 48 oz. containers of Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream

GIANT food stores in Pennsylvania confirmed on Sunday that Turkey Hill Dairy has issued a voluntary recall for its 48-ounce containers of Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream.

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Swampscott schools being sterilized after reports of MRSA cases

Swampscott schools being sterilized after reports of MRSA cases

School authorities have confirmed that Stanley Elementary School and Swampscott High, where some students were recently diagnosed with the MRSA staph infection, are being sterilized to prevent the infection from spreading further.

According to public health officials, MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a bacterial disease that spreads by skin-to-skin contact. It is resistant to some types of antibiotics. It causes infections if it somehow gets into severed or damaged skin.

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Hepatitis C can reactivate dormant hepatitis B virus: FDA

Hepatitis C can reactivate dormant hepatitis B virus: FDA

A seemingly miraculous class of drugs that are used to cure hepatitis C can cause a reactivation of dormant hepatitis B virus in some patients and subsequently lead them to death, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned.

The federal agency announced on Wednesday that it would require pharmaceutical firms that produce certain direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medicines to put a black box label onto their products to warn patients that the products can reactivate the hepatitis B virus in patients infected with both.

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Early detection of prostate cancer saves Ben Stiller’s life

Early detection of prostate cancer saves Ben Stiller’s life

Early detection of prostate cancer helped Ben Stiller defeat the deadly disease and survive, the 50-year-old American actor revealed in an interview on Tuesday.

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Pro-lifers write Message for Parents visiting Planned Parenthoods New Abortion Facility: Welcome, We Kill Babies

Pro-lifers write Message for Parents visiting Planned Parenthoods New Abortion F

Planned Parenthood mega-clinic in Washington, D.C. gets an odd warm welcome by protestors who wrote a message for people visiting the clinic: Welcome, we kill babies. The abortion facility has also faced criticism in the past from parents and people from anti-abortion movements.

The message became a headline when a reporter, Kelsey Harkness, saw the message written outside the newly opened facility, and posted its picture on Twitter. According to Harkness, she noticed the message written with chalk on Monday.

Chickenpox vaccine strides with success in US

Chickenpox vaccine strides with success in US

Chickenpox cases in United States are declining at its maximum rate, after the 2-dose chickenpox vaccine came to use. This positive trend suggests that future would be better and may become devoid of chickenpox one day. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its new report said the disease is rarer than ever before in the country.

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