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FDA approves new sleeping drug from Merck

WASHINGTON (AP) — Merck & Co. Inc. has won federal approval for a new type of sleeping pill designed to help people with insomnia stay asleep. The tablet, Belsomra, works by temporarily blocking chemicals known […]

08/13/2014

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FDA approves lung preservation machine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved a novel device that can preserve donated lungs outside the body for possible transplantation into critically ill patients. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the […]

08/12/2014

Workers unload Ebola related aid goods from China at the airport in Conakry , Guinea. Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)

Spanish priest dies of Ebola amid ethics debate

  MADRID (AP) — A Spanish priest being treated for Ebola died Tuesday in Madrid despite having received an experimental drug while the World Health Organization announced it is ethical for unproven drugs and vaccines […]

08/12/2014

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FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients’ DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths. The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects […]

08/11/2014

In this July 22, 2014 photo, AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves walks outside Grand Central Terminal during a photo session, in New York. In the early 1990s, Gonsalves traveled to Washington to confront, provoke and challenge officials at the Food and Drug Administration. A quarter century later, he still travels to Washington, but with a very different agenda: to defend the FDA. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

AIDS activist takes up a new fight: defending FDA

WASHINGTON (AP) — As an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, Gregg Gonsalves traveled to Washington to challenge the Food and Drug Administration. Gonsalves was part of the confrontational group Act Up, which staged protests […]

08/11/2014

Caffeine powder products sold on the Internet.

FDA warns against powdered caffeine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered pure caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen. Even a teaspoon of the powder could […]

07/18/2014

Vials of flu vaccine. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

300 vials labeled influenza, dengue found at lab

WASHINGTON (AP) — The same federal scientist who found forgotten vials of smallpox at a federal lab earlier this month also uncovered over 300 additional vials, many bearing the names of highly contagious viruses and […]

07/16/2014

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FDA weighs cancer risk of fibroid removal devices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the […]

07/11/2014

FILE - This Feb. 7, 2012 file photo shows a shopper walking down the canned soup aisle at a grocery store in Cincinnati. Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty _ a long-awaited federal effort to try and prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.  (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease […]

06/17/2014

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FDA approves new antibiotic for skin infections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new antibiotic from Durata Therapeutics Inc. to treat adults with common skin infections often acquired in U.S. hospitals. Regulators approved the intravenous drug […]

05/24/2014

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