The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Roche an accelerated review for its Elecsys product used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday.
Brazil’s ‘Dr. Butt’ plastic surgeon arrested after patient death: police
A plastic surgeon known as “Dr. Bumbum” or “Dr. Butt” on social media because of his buttock-enhancement operations was arrested on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, four days after one of his patients died, police said.
Merck lowers prices of some drugs after Trump calls out industry
Merck & Co on Thursday announced price cuts to some of its medicines, including a 60 percent reduction to a hepatitis C treatment, after U.S. President Donald Trump criticized drugmakers for failing to help reduce healthcare costs for consumers.
Police killings tied to worse mental health for African-Americans
(Reuters Health) – Police killings of unarmed black people are associated with worse mental health for African-Americans across the country, even when they have no direct connection to the deaths, a U.S. study suggests.
Mixing alcohol and drugs poses bigger unsafe sex risk for women
(Reuters Health) – Drinking alcohol and smoking pot at the same time is more likely to increase the odds of unsafe sex for young women than for men, a small U.S. study suggests.
Trump administration proposes altering rule on drug rebates
The Trump administration has proposed a rule that would scale back protections currently in place that allow rebates between drug manufacturers and insurers and pharmacy benefits managers, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) website.
A tenth of U.S. veteran coal miners have black lung disease: NIOSH
More than 10 percent of America’s coal miners with 25 or more years of experience have black lung disease, the highest rate recorded in roughly two decades, according to a government study released on Thursday that showed cases concentrated heavily in central Appalachia.
Systemic changes may reduce gender disparities in medical training
(Reuters Health) – Gender disparities in medical careers – in position, pay and publishing – start early, but even small systemic changes in training programs could begin to narrow these gaps, says a group of Harvard Medical School doctors.
Parents’ childhood trauma tied to behavior problems in kids
(Reuters Health) – Parents who had a lot of traumatic or stressful experiences during childhood may be more likely to have kids with behavioral problems, a U.S. study suggests.
More U.S. teens saying ‘no’ to smoking and drinking
(Reuters Health) – High school students in the U.S. are a lot more sober than they used to be, a new study suggests.