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Statement from FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D. announcing FDA Oncology Cente...
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is establishing the Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) and appointing Dr. Richard Pazdur as its director. This will make oncology the first disease area to have a coordinated clinical review of drugs, biologics and devices across the agency?s three medical product centers.
FDA permits marketing of new tissue expander for women undergoing breast reconstr...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of a new tissue expander system for soft tissue expansion in two-stage breast reconstruction following mastectomy and in the treatment of underdeveloped breasts and soft tissue deformities. A patient uses a dose controller to independently inflate the expander.
FDA approves first drug for spinal muscular atrophy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Spinraza (nusinersen), the first drug approved to treat children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare and often fatal genetic disease affecting muscle strength and movement. Spinraza is an injection administered into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord.
FDA expands indication for continuous glucose monitoring system, first to replace...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Dexcom?s G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring System to allow for replacement of fingerstick blood glucose (sugar) testing for diabetes treatment decisions in people 2 years of age and older with diabetes.
FDA approves drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Emflaza (deflazacort) tablets and oral suspension to treat patients age 5 years and older with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle deterioration and weakness. Emflaza is a corticosteroid that works by decreasing inflammation and reducing th...
FDA and EPA issue final fish consumption advice
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued final advice regarding fish consumption. This advice is geared toward helping women who are pregnant or may become pregnant ? as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children ? make informed choices when it comes to fish that are healt...
FDA confirms elevated levels of belladonna in certain homeopathic teething products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that its laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes far exceeding the amount claimed on the label. The agency is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna pose an unnecessa...
Federal judge approves consent decree with California dietary supplement distribu...
A California dietary supplement distributor has been ordered by a federal court to stop selling its products, which were found to contain unsafe ingredients including 1, 3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA).
Can Castor Oil Be Used For Treating Constipation?
Constipation can conspire to ruin your day. What causes constipation and how can we prevent it? Learn how castor oil and other treatments may help
Review of low FODMAP diet and IBS recently published
Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology has published the review "Efficacy of the low FODMAP diet for treating irritable bowel syndrome: the evidence to date".
Link between chronic fatigue syndrome and gut bacteria explored
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a relatively mysterious condition. Breaking research that examines gut bacteria yields new clues and offers fresh hope.
Can Olive Oil Be Used to Treat Constipation?
Olive oil has long been used as a simple treatment for constipation. Learn more about this home remedy that gets stools moving again.
Diet Tips for Crohn's Disease
How does Crohn?s disease affect diet and nutrition? Learn about diet tips and other dietary considerations for people with Crohn?s disease.
Certain alternative therapies may help patients with bowel disorders
A new review looks at the evidence behind the effectiveness of complementary or alternative therapies - including probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, fiber, and herbal medicinal products - for the...
Fifteen possible causes of abdominal pain
What is abdominal pain, what are the causes, and what are the symptoms? Are some causes more serious than others? When should medical attention be sought?
Modified rye bread helps patients with irritable bowel syndrome
Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are often concerned that certain foods may trigger or worsen their symptoms, which can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation.
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