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2020

More Evidence Sugary Drinks Harm Women's Hearts

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women who drink a lot of sodas, sweetened juices and other sugary drinks are at greater risk of developing heart disease, a new study finds. Those who drink one or more a day have nearly a 20% higher risk than women who never do. And it's not just soda that's problematic: Fruit drinks with added sugars are also a culprit, researchers say. Though the study does not prove cause and effect, researchers suspect there are several reasons sugar can increase heart disease risk, according to lead author Cheryl Anderson, interim chair of Family and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. "It raises glucose levels and insulin concentrations in the blood, which may increase appetite and lead to obesity, a major risk factor for...

FDA Approves Retevmo for Certain Lung, Thyroid Cancers

11 May 2020
MONDAY, May 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Retevmo (selpercatinib) capsules have been approved to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), and other thyroid cancers with an alteration in the "rearranged during transfection" (RET) gene, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. Retevmo was approved for adults with metastatic NSCLC and patients aged 12 years and older with advanced or metastatic MTC requiring systemic therapy or advanced RET fusion-positive thyroid cancer requiring systemic therapy that has stopped responding to or is not appropriate for radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy. Before a patient initiates Retevmo treatment, presence of the RET gene alteration must be identified through laboratory testing. Clinical...

FDA Approves First Antigen Test to Quickly Spot...

11 May 2020
MONDAY, May 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 antigen test has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Antigen tests are a new category of tests for use in the coronavirus pandemic and quickly detect fragments of proteins from the virus in samples collected by swab from people's noses. The approval was issued Friday to the Quidel Corp. for the Sofia SARS Antigen FIA, which is "authorized for use in high and moderate complexity laboratories certified by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), as well as for point-of-care [ie, doctor's office] testing," according to an FDA news release. "I am very enthusiastic about antigen testing because of its ability to be scaled up to millions of tests a day, and because...

Healthy Vitamin D Levels Could Be Linked to COVID-19...

8 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There's been much speculation about whether vitamin D might prevent or help survival with COVID-19, and two new studies appear to underscore the link. In the first study -- published in the journal Aging Clinical and Experimental Research -- British researchers found that COVID-19 infections and deaths were higher in countries where people had low vitamin D levels, such as Italy and Spain, compared to northern European countries where average vitamin D levels were higher. The researchers explained that people in southern Europe may have darker pigmentation, which reduces vitamin D synthesis, while people in northern European countries consume more cod liver oil and vitamin D supplements. The second study appeared in the online journal...

FDA Approves First At-Home Saliva Test for COVID-19

8 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The first COVID-19 test using saliva samples that patients collect at home has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The emergency use authorization was issued to Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory for the diagnostic test using home-collected samples. Patients return their sample to the New Jersey-based lab in a sealed package for analysis. The screening is the only authorized test that uses saliva samples to check for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It is available only with a prescription. Last month, the FDA gave emergency authorization for the first at-home COVID-19 test using a sample taken from the patient's nose with a nasal swab and saline. "Authorizing additional diagnostic tests with the option of...
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