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Surgical Treatment for Migraines

Migraine surgery techniques show significant and lasting improvement More than 30,000,000 Americans (18% of females and 6% of males) suffer from migraine headaches that often seriously interfere with their lives, and current medication therapies only help about one-third of sufferers. Now, a recent 5- year study shows that innovative craniofacial surgery can offer a significantly […]

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FDA Approves INCIVEK to Treat Hepatitis C

This story was published on GE Healthy Outlook last spring after the FDA approved INCIVEK. I spoke with Jordan Feld, MD MPH, hepatologist at the Toronto Western Hospital Liver Clinic and clinician scientist at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health at the University of Toronto, to find out what this new drug could mean for patients […]

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FDA Approves First Rapid Detection Test for MRSA

FDA Clears First Rapid Diagnostic Test for Superbug MRSA

This is my health news story published last spring on GE Healthy Outlook about the first rapid diagnostic test for the highly resistant superbug MRSA. New technology test helps fight infection sooner MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a superbug bacteria that is highly resistant to antibiotics like methicillin. MRSA emerged in health care settings in the 1960s, but […]

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Get Fit – Global Twitter Competition to Fight Cancer

Last summer, I wrote this story for GE Healthy Outlook about a global twitter competition to fight cancer. Harnessing the power of social media to improve health.  We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, yet the World Health Organization states that more than 30% of cancer could be prevented by modifying or […]

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First New Lupus Drug in 50 Years: Benlysta Gains FDA Approval

For the first time in over 50 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug for lupus, a breakthrough drug called Benlysta (belimumab). Anca D. Askanase, MD, MPH was Principal Investigator at the New York University site for Benlysta research and also serves as a Member of the Lupus Foundation of America’s […]

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Heart Attack is Different for Women Than Men

It’s a pretty sobering fact that heart disease kills more women at all ages than breast cancer. But why can’t we think of someone we know who has heart disease? Well, to put it bluntly, because those who have it often die from sudden cardiac arrest. Due to significant advances over the last 40 years […]

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New Treatment Options for Chronic Pain

Beyond pills and patches – new treatment options for chronic pain  A new report by the Institute of Medicine reveals that a startling number of Americans, 116 million, are affected by chronic pain – more than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Chronic pain is a huge public health burden that costs the U.S. up […]

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