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Researchers say a new test for valley fever can return nearly 100 percent accurate results in under two hours. It’s a breakthrough for the orphan disease.
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A program that creates market incentives to encourage drug makers to target rare pediatric diseases seemed like good policy at first. But evidence of the program's effectiveness is missing.
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Officials for a state campaign aimed at ending tobacco use among California’s children are supporting a tobacco tax increase initiative for the November ballot that will raise the price of cigarettes and vaping products but tobacco companies are fighting to stop it.
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In May, the FDA warned that fluoroquinolone antibiotics, because of common and sometimes permanent side effects, should only be used as a last resort. The agency followed up in July with language for new label warnings and a Medication Guide to be given to every patient.

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The Portland Tribune's Peter Korn, a 2009 National Fellow, recently took a look at Oregon residents who've turned to unconventional treatments, and their difficulties in finding doctors who will work them. Korn says this is a story that could be easily localized by reporters elsewhere.

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A University of Iowa study found MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in 70 percent of hogs on farms studied and in 64 percent of workers; resistant bacteria were found on an unopened soft drink can in a car following a poultry truck.

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The FDA finally took action on a long-delayed petition Thursday, allowing folic acid to be added to corn-masa flour to potentially prevent birth defects. The vitamin has been added to other grains for years.

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Drug companies have "bought" opioid favorable guidelines and the FDA continues to approve new opioids. Don't blame patients for the opioid abuse epidemic

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Advocates have been urging the FDA to allow corn masa to be fortified with folic acid for years, with the goal of curbing rare birth defects among Hispanic children. The FDA hasn't budged so far, but that could change as the agency reviews new research.

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The Food and Drug Administration will review a long-delayed petition calling for the voluntary addition of folic acid to corn masa to prevent neural-tube defects such as those seen in Washington’s cluster.

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