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Anti-Vaccine Groups More Adept at Facebook Ads

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A review of advertisements about vaccinations shows a few groups took advantage of Facebook’s advertising policies to spread vaccine misinformation. . . . → Read More: Anti-Vaccine Groups More Adept at Facebook Ads

Safety Reports Analyzed with A.I. to Reduce Medical Errors

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Research is underway to write algorithms for analyzing free text and other unstructured data in safety report databases to reduce medical errors. . . . → Read More: Safety Reports Analyzed with A.I. to Reduce Medical Errors

Opioids Provide Few Pain Benefits, Yet Abuse Growing

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Opioids appear to provide little benefit for patients with pain from osteoarthritis, yet opioid use disorder rates among patients with painful conditions continue to rise. . . . → Read More: Opioids Provide Few Pain Benefits, Yet Abuse Growing

Infographic – U.S. Rated Best in Pandemic Prep

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A new report on global health security says no country in the world is fully prepared to handle pandemics or epidemics, with data from the report displayed in this weekend’s infographic. . . . → Read More: Infographic – U.S. Rated Best in Pandemic Prep

FDA – New Processes, Incentives Needed for Drug Shortages

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A report from the Food and Drug Administration identifies the causes of recent shortages of some drugs, and calls for new processes and incentives to prevent future shortages. . . . → Read More: FDA – New Processes, Incentives Needed for Drug Shortages

FDA Tags Biofilm Disruption Device as Breakthrough

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A system using an electric current to break up bacterial communities on orthopedic implants received a breakthrough-device designation from the Food and Drug Administration. . . . → Read More: FDA Tags Biofilm Disruption Device as Breakthrough

Real-World Evidence Assessed for Cancer Drug Trials

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Two medical technology companies are evaluating real-world evidence from patients to simulate randomized clinical trials for testing new cancer treatments. . . . → Read More: Real-World Evidence Assessed for Cancer Drug Trials

Peanut Allergy Patch Under FDA Review

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A device to build a tolerance of peanuts in children with a peanut allergy, worn like a patch on the skin, is under review by the Food and Drug Administration. . . . → Read More: Peanut Allergy Patch Under FDA Review

Review – Deep Learning As Good As Live Expert Diagnostics

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A review of recent research shows — with caveats — deep learning algorithms appear as effective as live human experts in accurately interpreting medical images. . . . → Read More: Review – Deep Learning As Good As Live Expert Diagnostics

Cannabis Epilepsy Treatment Approved in Europe

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The European Commission yesterday endorsed a recommendation to market in Europe a cannabis-based treatment for seizures from two rare forms of epilepsy. . . . → Read More: Cannabis Epilepsy Treatment Approved in Europe