2016/09/06MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Australia: Generational shift in drinking habits

by Gary Finnegan: A clear trend towards lighter drinking among young people is responsible for reversing years of rising alcohol intake, according to new research. Experts hope this could lead to a long-term reduction in alcohol-related harm, including liver cirrhosis and social problems.

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2016/09/05MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Germany: Concern over hepatitis B among refugees

by Gary Finnegan: People seeking refuge and asylum in Germany are at higher risks of liver problems due to hepatitis B, according to experts.

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2016/09/02MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Denmark: New gene for familial high cholesterol

by Gary Finnegan: New research from Denmark has identified the gene responsible for one quarter of all familial hypercholesterolemia which causes very high blood cholesterol. Familial hypercholesterolemia is the most common genetic disorder leading to premature death, found in 1 in 200 people.

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2016/09/01MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Canada: Childhood obesity in decline?

by Gary Finnegan: After years of increases, the rates of children who are overweight or obese are declining in Canada, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

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2016/08/31MEDICAL UPDATE

EMA Highlights: Green light for new medicines

by Gary Finnegan: Eight new medicines have been approved by the European Medicines Agency at its summer meeting. The influential Committee for Medicinal Products for Human use (CHMP) has now approved a total of 45 medicines in 2016.

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2016/08/30MEDICAL UPDATE

EMA Highlights: EMA chief ‘building leaner organisation’

by Gary Finnegan: The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has restructured its staff in a bid to efficiently deal changing demand. The Agency faces the challenge of keeping up with growing demand without consuming additional resources.

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2016/08/29MEDICAL UPDATE

EMA Highlights: Spain and Italy pushing to host EU drug watchdog

by Gary Finnegan: Within hours of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, at least half a dozen countries began to call for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to be moved from London. With a total budget of €324 million and a steady stream of experts travelling back and forth for meetings, housing the agency is a big prize.

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2016/08/26MEDICAL UPDATE

Platelet infusion not effective after intracerebral haemorrhage associated with antiplatelet therapy

by Bruce Sylvester: Platelet transfusion after acute spontaneous primary intracerebral haemorrhage in people taking antiplatelet therapy appears to be less effective than standard care, researchers reported on June 25, 2016 in The Lancet.

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2016/08/25MEDICAL UPDATE

Investigative abaloparatide lowers fracture risk for women with osteoporosis

by Bruce Sylvester: Postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who have received daily treatment with the investigative drug abaloparatide achieved a significantly reduced the risk of new vertebral and non-vertebral fractures compared with placebo, researchers reported in the August 16 issue of JAMA/The Journal of the American Medical Association.

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2016/08/24MEDICAL UPDATE

Acetaminophen does not worsen asthma in young children

by Bruce Sylvester: Treatment of pain and fever with acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc.) does not exacerbate asthma in young children, researchers reported on August 18 NEJM/New England Journal of Medicine.

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