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Despite Crisis, U.S. Prescription Opioid Use Remains High

Pills and capsules

A review of insurance claims over a 10-year period shows prescription opioid use in the U.S. remains at a high level with few signs of declining, despite repeated and vocal public concerns about these drugs. . . . → Read More: Despite Crisis, U.S. Prescription Opioid Use Remains High

Trial Shows Antibiotic More Effective Against Crohn’s Disease

Cattle

Early results from a clinical trial show an experimental antibiotic drug helps more people achieve remission of their Crohn’s disease for longer periods than a similar group given a placebo. . . . → Read More: Trial Shows Antibiotic More Effective Against Crohn’s Disease

Technique Assessed for Comparing Effectiveness Between Drugs

Analytics

An academic-industry research team validated a statistical technique to evaluate the effectiveness of different drugs treating the same disease, without conducting separate head-to-head clinical trials. . . . → Read More: Technique Assessed for Comparing Effectiveness Between Drugs

Infographic – U.S. Smoking Rate Hits New Low

Chart: smoking in the U.S.

These data show fewer than 1 in 6 Americans, or 16 percent, smoked a cigarette in the past week. . . . → Read More: Infographic – U.S. Smoking Rate Hits New Low

More Damage Detected from Crispr-Cas9 Edits

Crispr genome edits illustration

A genetics lab in the U.K. revealed that a leading technique for editing genomes produces more unwanted damage to the edited genomes than previously understood. . . . → Read More: More Damage Detected from Crispr-Cas9 Edits

FDA Issues Draft Gene Therapy Regulatory Guidance

Editing DNA

FDA issued a series of draft documents spelling out its processes for reviewing gene therapies for three types of diseases, as well as producing and testing these treatments. . . . → Read More: FDA Issues Draft Gene Therapy Regulatory Guidance

Apps Seen Over-Diagnosing Mental Health Conditions

Mental health scrabble

A study of leading mobile apps for mental health indicates many apps promote their use with misleading guidance to individuals on the extent and seriousness of psychological conditions. . . . → Read More: Apps Seen Over-Diagnosing Mental Health Conditions

FDA Reviewers Found Accepting Industry Payments After Drug Approvals

Pills and dollars

A new report finds a large percentage of panel members that review drug applications for the Food and Drug Administration accept payments and other rewards from companies after their drugs are approved. . . . → Read More: FDA Reviewers Found Accepting Industry Payments After Drug Approvals

Cannabis Drug Approved by FDA for Rare, Severe Seizures

Cannabis plant

A drug based on chemicals derived from cannabis plants was approved by Food and Drug Administration for marketing in the U.S. to treat seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. . . . → Read More: Cannabis Drug Approved by FDA for Rare, Severe Seizures

Is Your Home Business Legal?

If you are starting up, or already have, here are some things that you need to do, to ensure your business is legal. . . . → Read More: Is Your Home Business Legal?