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FDA approves new drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C

FDA approves new drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has finally approved the first drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C for patients who weren’t cured by prior treatment.

The just approved pill combination known as Mavyret (glecaprevir and pibrentasvir) is from AbbVie Inc. Mavyret joins a couple of other AbbVie hepatitis C drugs that are already of the market.

The approval of the new drug is for all sorts of hepatitis C. Its approval will provide doctors and patients with more options. Insurers will get more leverage to mangle discounts out of firms to cover the pricey drugs.

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Artificial light threatening pollination: Experts warn

Artificial light threatening pollination: Experts warn

A new study by a team of ecologists at the University of Bern has cautioned that artificial light is disrupting nocturnal pollination, threatening reduction in fruit production.

Almost everyone knows that small creatures like bees play a key role in pollination. However, few people are aware of the fact that nocturnal insects like beetles and flies also play a crucial role in the process.

Discontinuing statins after stroke may boost second-stroke risk: Study

Discontinuing statins after stroke may boost second-stroke risk: Study

Heart disease patients should not stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs soon after a stroke as it may boost the risk of a second stroke, according to a new study.

A team of researchers in Thailand found in the new study that patients who stopped taking statins within 3-6 months following a stroke were 42 per cent more likely to suffer a second stroke within a year as compared with those who kept taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Study finds limitation in effectiveness of Mediterranean Diet

Study finds limitation in effectiveness of Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet has long been recognized for its nutritional advantages but a new study has discovered a notable caveat to the health benefits that the particular diet provides.

This famous, lip-smacking mix of vegetables, fish, fruit and whole grains served with a splash of olive oil is mainly used around the Mediterranean Sea, but it is also becoming increasing popular in many other parts of the world.

Study reveals link between variations in immune-system proteins and CFS

Study reveals link between variations in immune-system proteins and CFS

A team of researchers has spotted a strong link between variations in seventeen immune-system signaling proteins and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which is also known as myalgic encephomyelitis (ME).

The researchers also found evidence that inflammation is a key driver of ME/CFS, which has eluded researchers for decades.

Senior author Mark Davis, a professor of immunology & microbiology, said that their study showed that it an inflammatory disease.

Schumer urges FDA to probe fast-food packaging health effects

Schumer urges FDA to probe fast-food packaging health effects

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday urged the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to launch a probe into the consequences of using phthalates in fast-food packaging.

Phthalates can be described as a chemical that has been banned in other household products. But its ongoing use in fast-food wrappers, cups and cartons has raised concerns among health experts and many politicians.

In a letter to the federal agency, Schumer underlined that six forms of the controversial chemical have already been banned from being used in toys and child care products.

FDA preparing to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes

FDA preparing to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes

In yet another effort to fight back addition to smoking, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is aiming to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes.

On Friday, FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb directed staff to develop new regulations on levels of nicotine in smoking products. The federal government has proposed cutting levels of nicotine in cigarettes so that these products become less addictive.

Addressing agency staff, Gottlieb said, “A renewed focus on nicotine can help us to achieve a world where cigarettes no longer addict future generations of our kids.”

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Getting less than seven hours of sleep is detrimental to health: Study

Getting less than seven hours of sleep is detrimental to health: Study

Missing out on a full night’s sleep time and again can be detrimental to one’s health in a number of ways and can contribute to diseases like obesity, a new study has warned. A team of researchers at the University of Leeds in England studied sleeping and eating patterns of more than 1,600 adults, and estimated that those who were getting less than 7 hours of sleep had become victims of obesity.

Researchers find link between regular alcohol consumption and reduced risk of diabetes

Researchers find link between regular alcohol consumption and reduced risk of diabetes

Alcohol consumption has been linked to many ailments and medical experts have always urged people to cut on their consumption of alcohol. However, a new research suggests positive impact of alcohol consumption on health. Those who drink alcohol three to four times a week are less likely to develop type-2 diabetes compared to individuals who never drink, a new study by Danish researchers suggested.

E-cigarette use helps some people quit smoking: Study

E-cigarette use helps some people quit smoking: Study

Linking e-cigarette to an impressive rise in the numbers of people quitting smoking, a new study found that smokers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to kick the habit than others. Most of the campaigns against smoking have not been as successful as local governments and health authorities have planned.

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