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 •  August 12

At least five people have died soon after being fitted with balloons designed to help them lose weight, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
The FDA says it doesn’t know if the devices or the surgery to implant them is to blame but issued an alert to doctors to closely monitor patients who get them.
“All five reports indicate that...

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 •  August 6

Statins save lives. Then why do nearly half of patients stop taking the cholesterol-lowering medications against their doctors orders?After suffering a near-fatal heart attack in April, Boris Pinhas, a 54-year-old computer programmer in Queens, New York, was prescribed a statin for a second time. He had been prescribed a low-dose of atorvastin, or...

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 •  July 26

As John McCain returns to the U.S. Senate this week, neurosurgeons who specialize in brain cancer say the main concern for his continuing recovery from surgery for aggressive glioblastoma is tiny malignant cells that may have already migrated away from the tumor.Surgery to remove a glioblastoma is challenging for even the most skilled surgeon....

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 •  July 21

As Sen. John McCain, recovers from surgery for an aggressive brain cancer, neurosurgeons who specialize in cancer say the main concern is tiny malignant cells that may have already migrated away from the tumor.Surgery to remove a glioblastoma is challenging for even the most skilled surgeon. Because it's difficult to distinguish tumor tissue from...

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 •  June 30

Oklahoma on Friday became the fourth U.S. state to accuse drugmakers of misrepresenting the risks of opioid pain medications, saying they engaged in deceptive marketing that helped fuel an addiction epidemic.Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed a lawsuit in Cleveland County District Court against Purdue Pharma LP, Johnson & Johnson, Allergan...

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 •  June 11

At least 28 million Americans have experienced a spike in the cost of their prescription medications in the past 12 months. And for 4 million of them, the price was so high they walked away without their prescription altogether, according to a new Consumer Reports survey. “We are nearing a crisis point with what Americans can afford for medication,...

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 •  February 22

It's a good time to be an advocate for lower drug prices. Congress is happily hauling drug company executives front-and-center to explain rising drug prices. The latest: Spencer Williamson, president and CEO of Kaleo Pharmaceuticals, which makes an injector device for the overdose drug naloxone. "Unfortunately, reports indicate Kaleo has responded...

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 •  February 14

More than two dozen different drugs, from old-line chemotherapy drugs to malaria drugs, might work against the baffling new MERS virus, researchers said on Tuesday. They’ll need to be tested in animals first and then in people after some early promise in the lab, but the discovery offers hope that there might be something available quickly to fight...

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 •  February 14

German doctors think they have another possible drug to add to the Ebola treatment pipeline. It's one already shown to be safe and in trials to treat heart attack victims. The drug, called FX06, is made using a natural human blood-clotting protein called fibrin. The hope is it can help reduce the leaking of blood vessels that can seriously threaten...