FDA determination that phenylephrine doesn’t work could see Dayquil, Sudafed and other common drugs disappear from store shelves

Pharmacies could pull common over-the-counter cold medications, including Dayquil, Sudafed and Theraflu, from store shelves after Food and Drug Administration experts determined one of the drugs’ main ingredient doesn’t work.   That could leave consumers scrambling to find alternative treatments for relief from nasal congestion and drugmakers hurrying to devise …

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Updated COVID vaccines: FDA announces emergency approval and authorization

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Monday that it has approved and authorized updated versions of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use. The updated vaccines, which are manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna, are “formulated to more closely target currently circulating variants,” particularly the Omicron variant XBB.1.5. The vaccines …

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CDC warns of ‘increased’ RSV activity in southeastern US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning the American public this week about “increases” in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity across “some parts of the Southeastern United States.”  In an advisory issued through its Health Alert Network, the CDC said data shows nationwide the weekly percentage of …

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Lab-grown human “embryo-like structures” bring hope for research into early-pregnancy complications

Bangkok — Scientists have developed human embryo-like structures without using sperm, an egg or fertilization, offering hope for research on miscarriage and birth defects but also raising fresh ethical concerns. Earlier this year, several labs around the world released pre-print studies that had not been peer-reviewed, describing their development of early …

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Are you better off choosing a female surgeon?

Are you better off choosing a female surgeon? Are you better off choosing a female surgeon? 01:01 BOSTON – If you need an operation, you may be better off choosing a female surgeon. A new study published in JAMA Surgery looked at over a million patients who underwent an elective or …

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Ask a doc: ‘How can I prevent high cholesterol?’

Cholesterol has some important jobs in the body — such as creating hormones, aiding digestion, building cell membranes and generating vitamin D — but too much of the waxy substance can pose a health risk. “Cholesterol only becomes problematic when cholesterol levels — and particularly LDL cholesterol — become too …

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