Health News

Medication first to aim at cancer biomarker

May 24, 2017—Food and Drug Administration approved the first medication that’s designed to treat cancer patients whose cancer has a specific genetic feature, or biomarker, rather than being based on the location where a tumor was found.

Second ALS treatment approved

May 8, 2017—Food and Drug Administration approved the first new medication for the treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 22 years.

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Related Department Briefs

Antibiotic resistance found in gonorrhea

The combination of the increasing resistance to a key antibiotic and a possible widespread increase in the number of cases of gonorrhea among African-Americans and men who have sex with other men makes it vital that people who have the highest risk to get the disease know how often that they should be screened.

Proof your job could kill you

Canadian researchers conducted the first long-term study over the entire careers of 3,103 men and found that perceived or real stress over at least 15 years
increased chances of cancer in five sites: bladder, colon, lung, rectum and stomach.

On track: Surviving ovarian cancer

In 2007, NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. and his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, started the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation to support childhood-cancers initiatives.

Pregnancy & anemia rising

Two experts believe that the findings of a December 2016 study that was published in the journal Blood in regard to increased rates of anemia in pregnant women are viable.

Salmonella used to fight cancer

Scientists at Cancer Research Center (CRC) and University of Missouri (UM) developed a nontoxic strain of Salmonella that penetrates and targets cancer cells.

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Health Recalls

Listeria possible in certain House of Thaller hummus with pine-nut topping

June 20, 2017—House of Thaller recalled 10-ounce Fresh Foods Market, Lantana and Marketside hummus with pine-nut topping, because it might be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infections in people who have a weakened immune system.

Listeria in certain Wildway grain-free granola products

June 15, 2017—Wildway recalled certain grain-free granola products, because they might be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infections in people who have a weakened immune system.

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