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June 29, 2020 — Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Phesgo, a fixed-dose combination (FDC) of Perjeta® (pertuzumab) and Herceptin® (trastuzumab) with hyaluronidase, administered by subcutaneous (SC, under the skin) injection in combination…

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Love a glass of wine with dinner? There’s good news for you from a study that finds “moderate” alcohol consumption — a glass or two per day — might actually preserve your memory and thinking skills.
This held true for both men and women, the researchers said.
There was one caveat, however: The study of nearly 20,000 Americans tracked for an average…

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The maker of remdesivir, the first drug that showed promise in treating coronavirus infections, will charge U.S. hospitals $3,120 for a patient with private insurance, the drug company announced Monday.
Because of how the U.S. health care system is designed and the discounts that government health care programs like the VA and Medicaid will expect,…

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

Chiasma, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHMA), a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mycapssa (octreotide) capsules for long-term maintenance treatment in acromegaly patients who have responded to and tolerated treatment with octreotide or lanreotide. Mycapssa is the first and only oral…

Posted 3 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 receiving colchicine have significantly improved time to clinical deterioration, according to a study published online June 24 in JAMA Network Open.
Spyridon G. Deftereos, M.D., Ph.D., from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece, and colleagues examined the effect of treatment with colchicine…

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Health insurance plans with high deductibles may be taking a financial toll on Black patients, according to a new study of cancer survivors.
The researchers said the findings point to yet another reason for racial health disparities in the United States: High deductibles may make it harder for Black patients, in particular, to afford medications or…

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Bagged salad mixes sold at Walmart and other stores are linked with an outbreak of intestinal illness in eight Midwestern states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
More than 200 people in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin who reported eating the salad mix have come down with…

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Over a lifetime, women who’ve had a preterm delivery have a higher risk of heart disease, new research suggests.
The findings point to the fact that doctors should include a woman’s reproductive history in assessments of heart disease risk, according to the researchers.
“Preterm delivery should now be recognized as an independent risk factor for IHD…

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In May 2016, Angela Grinstead Ahmad took her 6-year-old son, Alec Ahmad, for a routine checkup.
After hearing Alec’s heart make a troubling sound, the pediatrician said they needed to see a cardiologist. At first, Angela wasn’t overly concerned. Alec had a slight heart murmur as a baby, but no complications since.
A week later, an echocardiogram showed…

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Long-term exposure to fine particle air pollution is a major risk factor for heart disease and death, but even small reductions in pollution levels can reduce the threat, a new study shows.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 157,000 adults, aged 35 to 70, in 21 countries.
Between 2003 and 2018, more than 9,100 people had heart disease events,…

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With the weather heating up across the U.S. it seems good timing that most states are easing their lockdown restrictions. Escaping into the sun is something we are all looking forward to, especially after a winter of confinement at home. But did you know that heat-related deaths are one of the deadliest weather-related outcomes in […]

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Vitamin C has always been a controversial supplement. To some, it belongs firmly in the alternative medicine basket, with apparently no substantial evidence to support its use. To others, it holds promise, particularly if you are talking about certain groups of people who are likely to be low in vitamin C. Because we NEED vitamin […]

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Undeniably, we are in unprecedented times. COVID-19 is a serious and fatal disease for some and globally it has, and will continue to have, wide-reaching implications, medically, socially, and financially for some time. But medical advances will be significant. Although we have learned a lot about the new coronavirus already, there is still a lot […]

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