A summary of important health news from the past week.
9 deaths and rare cancer linked to breast implants, FDA says
A rare cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is associated with breast implants and has recently resulted in the deaths of nine individuals. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that women with breast implants "have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL compared to women who do not have breast implants."
New Vaccine Could Slow Disease That Kills 600 Children a Day
A new rotavirus vaccine called Rotasiil proved very effective in a recent trial study. It is estimated that 600 children under the age of 5 die each day from rotavirus. This study shows that the new vaccine, which is much easier to store than other options on the market, prevented 67 percent of rotavirus related diarrhea episodes. Doctors are hopeful that this could provide meaningful change.
Understanding The Role Of Compounding Pharmacies After Dozens Of Deaths
After an outbreak of meningitis was traced to a pharmaceutical compounding company, the co-owner of the responsible company, New England Compounding Center, was convicted of fraud and racketeering. Here, journalist Gabrielle Emanuel gives an overview of the case and the compounding industry.
Prescription weight-loss medication helps with opiate addiction recovery, study confirms
Researchers at the University of Texas at Galveston have identified a prescription weight loss pill, lorcaserin, that decreases the urge to use opiates such as oxycodone. Opiate abuse is a major public health problem in the U.S., and studies such as these have the potential to identify further treatments to help those recovering from opioid addiction.
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