• JUNE 15, 2016
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    FDA Approves AspireAssist Device to Treat Obesity

    FDA Approves AspireAssist Device to Treat Obesity The FDA has approved a surgically implanted weight-loss device that drains the contents of the stomach after meals. The AspireAssist device is intended for those aged 22 and older with a body mass index of 35 to 55.

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    • MARCH 24, 2016
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    FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma

    FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Cinqair (reslizumab) for use with other asthma medicines for the maintenance treatment of severe asthma in patients aged 18 years and older. Cinqair is approved for patients who have a history of severe asthma attacks (exacerbations) despite receiving their current

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    • APRIL 20, 2016
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    FDA Launches Campaign Against Teenage Smokeless Tobacco Use

    FDA Launches Campaign Against Teenage Smokeless Tobacco Use Government health officials will team up with minor league baseball as part of a new $36 million campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco.

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    • FEBRUARY 4, 2016
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    Florida Declares Health Emergency Over Zika Cases

    Florida Declares Health Emergency Over Zika Cases Florida declared a health emergency after at least nine cases of Zika virus were reported in four counties, bringing the total to 50 cases across 13 US states. Florida’s emergency declaration “will allow more spraying for mosquitoes that can spread the disease. It’s very unlikely we will have

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    • FEBRUARY 26, 2016
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    Flu Vaccine Nearly 60 Percent Effective 2015-2016 Season

    Flu Vaccine Nearly 60 Percent Effective 2015-2016 Season The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported preliminary overall influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) of 59 percent this season. These data were presented at a meeting of the agency’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) in Atlanta. This finding is comparable to past estimates for seasons when

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    • JANUARY 19, 2016
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    IT IS NOT LATE TO BE VACCINATED FOR FLU NOW AT THE END OF JANUARY

    What should I do to protect myself from flu this season? CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, if possible by October, to ensure

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