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Addyi FDA Approval: Premature Approbation?

On August 18, 2015, the FDA approved Addyi (flibanserin), a drug to treat “acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women.” The FDA defines HSDD as “low sexual desire that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty and is not due to a co-existing medical or psychiatric condition, problems within the relationship, or the […]

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Ethics of advances in genetics: Part 1

Rapid advances in the field of genetics are raising a host of questions and story ideas for health reporters to cover. On April 24, 2015 at the Health Journalism 2015 conference in Santa Clara, California, four panelists spoke about where the field of genetics stands today and discussed the controversies and questions that need to be […]

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Are e-cigarettes safe?

They are gaining in popularity but are e-cigarettes safe? After spotting a young woman ‘vaping’ on the Toronto subway line a few weeks ago, I decided to take a look at the topic. An electronic or e-cigarette is a cylinder-shaped canister made of plastic or stainless steel that looks like a regular cigarette. A little […]

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Technology Innovations for Independent Aging

Meeting Baby Boomers’ expectations for long-term independent aging.  There are 77 million American Baby Boomers and they are turning 63 at a rate of nearly one every seven seconds. Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., and Director of AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), refers to Baby Boomers as “generation expectation” because they expect to live […]

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AWAKE Chocolate: Any Child Can Buy One?

It isn’t just about colas, coffee, or energy drinks anymore. Now there are more products appearing with added caffeine, the world’s most consumed pharmacologically active stimulant. Last week I found this display of AWAKE Chocolate bars at my friendly neighbourhood Shoppers Drug Mart. AWAKE Chocolate contains 101 mg of caffeine, promoted as having the same […]

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Biotech Firm Wins FDA Approval for C. Difficile Antibiotic

The number of newly approved antibiotics has declined significantly since the 1980s as large pharmaceutical companies have mostly withdrawn from research and development in this critical market segment. Fortunately, the biotech industry is now stepping up to the plate to develop much-needed antibiotics to fight a rising number of drug-resistant superbugs, such as Clostridium difficile (or C. […]

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Task Force Recommends Against HRT for Postmenopausal Women

Considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to prevent chronic medical conditions? News flash! HRT is no longer recommended for post-menopausal women, because the health risks outweigh the benefits. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just issued an updated statement, which you can review here. The recommendation is based on research published since 2005 and it […]

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Futuristic Techniques for Tissue and Eye Surgery

Futuristic Photochemical Tissue Bonding for Tissue and Eye Surgery Imagine in the future, if your surgeon could seal your incision using just a special dye and a non-thermal laser light – no sutures, staples or glues required. This technology could be available sooner than you think, because the Department of Defense (DoD) has been funding […]

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Advances in Knee Replacement Surgery for Active Boomers

Meeting the demand with 30-year knee implants and new surgical techniques “The majority of people coming into my office for knee replacement surgery are in their 50s,” says Steven Haas MD, Chief of Knee Surgery and Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. This is a big shift in […]

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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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