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Gilead’s hepatitis C drug receives FDA approval

Gilead’s hepatitis C drug receives FDA approval

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved a new drug to cure hepatitis C patients who failed to respond to other available treatments.

Vosevi from Gilead Sciences Inc. is the first drug that has gained the FDA’s approval for hepatitis C patients who have already been given Sovaldi or other treatments without desired results.

Blood test can detect a marijuana-impaired driver

Blood test can detect a marijuana-impaired driver

A Lynnwood man arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) had nearly 55 times the legal limit of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in his blood, results from his blood test revealed.

THC is an active ingredient in the controversial recreational drug marijuana.

Dr. Brianna Peterson, toxicology lab manager with the Washington State Patrol, said the test results were accurate, adding that the method is totally validated just as for alcohol.

Researchers find new way to identify Alzheimer’s marker

Researchers find new way to identify Alzheimer’s marker

A team of researchers at St. Louis-based Washington University School of Medicine claimed to have discovered a new method to identify key Alzheimer’s marker through blood test.

According to the researchers, measures of amyloid beta in a person’s blood can help identify altered levels of amyloid in his/her brain or cerebrospinal fluid.

Presently, the only ways to spot amyloid beta in a person’s brain are PET scanning or a spinal tap. PET scanning is very expensive, while a spinal tap is invasive and often requires a specialized medical process.

Concert Pharmaceuticals receives FDA Green Signal for Hair Loss Drug

Concert Pharmaceuticals receives FDA Green Signal for Hair Loss Drug

The U.S. FDA has lifted clinical hold on Concert Pharmaceuticals’ trial for a hair loss drug. The company informed that FDA has lifted clinical hold on the treatment for alopecia areata. The trial was put on hold by FDA in May this year.

FDA asked Concert Pharmaceuticals to provide more data before the company could provide dosage of its experiment drug to study subject. The company added that FDA had not raised any concerns about safety of its drug.

US Ranks Low in Physical Activity Data: Research

US Ranks Low in Physical Activity Data: Research

A new study conducted by Stanford University researchers using smartphone data has suggested that people in China are among those who move the most while physical activity is low in the United States and Canada. The research team checked records for nearly 700,000 individuals from 46 countries. The data was collected by walking activity trackers in Smartphones. The study reported that people in Hong Kong walk the most with 6,880 steps a day on an average.

Three Lifestyle Changes Can Delay Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

Three Lifestyle Changes Can Delay Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

Medical experts have limited knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia but a new research has indicated three lifestyle changes that can delay the onset of dementia. As there isn’t any treatment for the cognitive decline yet, researchers are also working on finding the reasons behind cognitive decline during old age. The new research has suggested that regular exercise, control over blood pressure and regular engagement of brain in some positive activity can delay onset of cognitive decline.

American Heart Association terms Coconut Oil as unhealthy as butter or beef fats

American Heart Association terms Coconut Oil as unhealthy as butter or beef fats

Advising against the use of coconut oil, the American Heart Association (AHA) has cautioned that it is as unhealthy as butter and beef dripping.

The Dietary Fats & Cardiovascular Disease advisory of the AHA made a review of existing data on saturated fat, which revealed that use of coconut oil increase level of LDL or "bad" cholesterol in the blood.

The researchers found that use of coconut oil increased "bad" cholesterol in participants in 7 out of 7 controlled trials.

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Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples

Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples

A newly-published report from the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has revealed that nearly 20 per cent of baby food samples tested over a decade had detectable levels of lead.

The EDF evaluated data gathered by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) from 2003 to 2013. Of the total 2,164 baby food samples, 86 per cent of sweet potatoes samples, 89 per cent of grape juice samples, and 47 per cent of teething biscuits samples had lead.

None of the food samples exceeded the FDA’s allowable levels of lead but pediatricians say there is no safe level of it.

All stars are born in pairs: Research

All stars are born in pairs: Research

Our sun had a twin, though not an identical twin, when it was born nearly 4.5 billion years ago, a team of researchers from UC Berkeley and the Harvard University’s Smithsonian Astrophysical has suggested.

A new analysis of available data by theoretical physicist Steven Stahler of UC Berkeley and astronomer Sarah Sadavoy from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory suggested that all stars are born in pairs.

Fever during pregnancy increases autism risk among kids: Study

Fever during pregnancy increases autism risk among kids: Study

A new study has suggested that when a pregnant woman suffers from any type of fever during pregnancy, the child has higher odds of developing an autism spectrum disorder.

A team of researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health also found in the study that pregnant women who suffer fever particularly in the second trimester are more likely to have a baby with autism.

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