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FDA approves new chest implant that can cut sleep apnea by 68 percent

U.S. regulators have approved a first-of-its-kind implant that can help ward off moderate to severe sleep apnea, a chronic disorder which affects up to 18 million Americans. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the breathing passage collapses or becomes blocked during sleep — complications can include heart disease and…

Experimental cancer drug put on hold after patient dies

(Reuters) – Cell Therapeutics Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has placed a partial clinical hold on the company’s experimental blood cancer drug after the death of a patient. The patient, being treated with the drug tosedostat in combination with a chemotherapy drug, died of myocarditis, or infection…

U.S. detains orange juice imports over illegal fungicide

(Reuters) – U.S. health regulators detained three shipments of Brazilian orange juice and six from Canada that tested positive for the fungicide carbendazim, which is illegal in the United States. Two other Brazilian juice shipments tested positive for the fungicide, but the companies decided not to import the juice into…

Study: Pharmacies often deny access to morning-after pill

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may want to rethink her decision to keep age restrictions on emergency contraception after recently released research indicated that many women are being illegally denied the medication. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Margaret Hamburg had told reporters that she backed…

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