Health News

Brazil halts use of Silimed silicone breast implants, follows Europe


RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's health regulator Anvisa said on Friday it had suspended the production, sale and use of products made by Brazilian breast-implant maker Silimed after an inspection found the company failed production standards.

St. Jude gets FDA warning letter for Atlanta facility

- Heart device maker St. Jude Medical Inc received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which said that various devices of the company manufactured at its Atlanta plant are adulterated.

Exercise eases knee osteoarthritis, temporarily

(Reuters Health) - A therapeutic program of weight-bearing exercise reduces pain and improves joint function, at least for two to six months, for people with osteoarthritis, according to a review of previous trials.

02 Oct 2015

Women are missing from HIV drug trials

(Reuters Health) - Although women make up roughly half of the world’s HIV cases, they remain largely excluded from clinical trials testing drugs, vaccines and potential cures for the virus, a research review confirms.

02 Oct 2015

Caring for loved one with Alzheimer’s may be most stressful for spouse

(Reuters Health) - Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease isn’t easy under the best of circumstances, but it may be much more stressful for spouses and people who suffer from depression, a Finnish study suggests.

02 Oct 2015

FDA expands approval of Merck's Keytruda to lung cancer

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Merck & Co Inc's immunotherapy, Keytruda, for patients with the most common form of lung cancer whose tumors produce a specific biological marker.

02 Oct 2015

Loud noise exposure linked to heart disease risk

(Reuters Health) - People with long-term exposure to loud noise at work or in leisure activities may be at increased risk of heart disease, a U.S. study finds.

02 Oct 2015

Incomplete transport policies, payment for risky births in U.S.

(Reuters Health) - U.S. states need better policies for transporting high-risk pregnant women and newborns to the specialized care they need - and then back to their local hospitals for continuing care, researchers say.

03 Oct 2015

Amicus to delay filing for U.S. marketing rights for lead drug

- Amicus Therapeutics Inc said it was unlikely to submit a U.S. marketing application for its lead drug, to treat Fabry disease, by the end of 2015 as expected, after U.S. health regulators asked for a more comprehensive analysis of trial data.

02 Oct 2015

Greece urges health precautions after suspect cholera case on Kos

ATHENS - Greek health authorities urged the public to take health precautions on Friday after a suspected cholera case was discovered on Kos island, a tourist destination and entry point for migrants from the Middle East and Asia.

02 Oct 2015