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U.S. lifts restrictions on anti-diabetes drug Avandia

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US authorities on Monday lifted restrictions on the prescription and use of the anti-diabetes drug Avandia after a new study indicated it did not carry an elevated risk of heart attacks.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the decision after considering the recommendations made by a 26-member panel of experts on June 6.

“Our actions today reflect the most current scientific knowledge about the risks and benefits of this drug,” said Janet Woodcock, head of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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“Given these new results, our level of concern is considerably reduced; thus we are requiring the removal of certain prescribing restrictions,” she added.

The FDA move will include the removal of labeling which warns of a possible cardiovascular risk through taking the drug.

As soon as the changes are finalized the use of rosiglitazone (Avandia) will no longer be limited to use by certain patients, the FDA statement said.

The drug’s new indication will state that it may be used in conjunction with diet and exercise to improve control of blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, similar to other diabetes drugs on the market.

The FDA slapped restrictions on Avandia in 2010, hitting sales of the drug manufactured by British firm GlaxoSmithKline.

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Sales of Avandia started to slide in 2007 after researchers raised the possibility of a link between the drug and an increased cardiovascular risk based on clinical trial analyzes.

GlaxoSmithKline had insisted the drug — at one time the biggest-selling drug in the world with annual sales worth $3 billion — was completely safe.

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WATCH: CNN uses video to bust Trump for lying and stealing credit for veterans program signed by Obama

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Reacting to Donald Trump's abrupt departure from his Saturday press conference after he was pressed by a CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid for lying and taking credit for a veterans bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama, CNN's Victor Blackwell shared clips of the former president announcing the signing in 2014 and Trump attempting to steal credit yesterday.

According to Blackwell, "One of President Trump's go-to lies is his role in passing Veterans Choice. You saw it at the end of the news conference when he walked away. Well that was when he was faced with a question why he said that he passed Choice and Accountability for the V.A."

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Nagasaki marks 75 years since atomic bombing

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The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor and the head of the United Nations warning against a nuclear arms race.

Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima -- twin nuclear attacks that rang in the nuclear age and gave Japan the bleak distinction of being the only country to be struck by atomic weapons.

Survivors, their relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki where they called for world peace.

Participants offered a silent prayer at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the time the second and last nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.

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Lebanon information minister resigns over Beirut blast

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Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel Samad on Sunday quit in the first government resignation since a deadly port blast killed more than 150 people and destroyed swathes of Beirut.

?After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government,? she said in a statement carried by local media, apologising to the Lebanese public for failing them.

A number of MPs also submitted their resignations a day earlier due to the explosions.

On Saturday afternoon, thousands took to streets in downtown Beirut in anti-government protests that demand the overhaul of the political system, days after massive explosions.

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