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FDA approves first 3-D printed pill

3-D pill approvedThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first 3-D printed pill, an epilepsy medication designed to be easier to swallow for adults with swallowing disorders and children.

Although 3-D printing has been used to create devices, implants, prosthetics and tissues for both research and medical procedures, this is the first drug using the technology that has been approved for use.

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How New York's mentally ill get lost in courts, jails and hospitals

NY mentally ill mistreatmentIn a 2014 survey of forensic psychiatric services across the country by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, or NASMHPD, 31 of 40 responding states reported wait times averaging a month or more for patients with criminal charges to get hospital beds.

Washington state’s Department of Social and Health Services called decompensation of restored defendants in jail “a continuing expensive and time-consuming problem” in a 2006 report to the state legislature.

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WHO: Trials show new Ebola vaccine is 'highly effective'

Ebola vaccineA newly developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is "highly effective" and could help prevent its spread in the current and future outbreaks, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Trials of the single-dose VSV-EBOV vaccine began in March in Guinea -- one of three West African nations at the center of the recent outbreak -- and have shown such promise that this week it was decided to extend immediate vaccination to "all people at risk" after close contact with an infected person, a WHO statement said.

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New biomarker, therapeutic target for breast cancer identified

New biomarker for breast cancerResearchers have discovered a molecule present in basal-like breast cancer, or BLBC, tumors that allows them to be detected, and when its presence was reduced in cancer cell models the tumors' growth was slowed significantly.

BLBC is an aggressive form of breast cancer that does not respond to the most common cancer treatments and has a tendency to spread earlier and faster than other forms of cancer.

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'Jaw-dropping': Medicare deaths, hospitalizations AND costs reduced

Medicare reductions in deathsThe U.S. health care system has scored a medical hat trick, reducing deaths, hospitalizations and costs, a new study shows.

Mortality rates among Medicare patients fell 16% from 1999 to 2013. That’s equal to more than 300,000 fewer deaths a year in 2013 than in 1999, said cardiologist Harlan Krumholz, lead author of a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and a professor at the Yale School of Medicine.

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FDA reviews nutrition label change to highlight added sugar

added sugarThe Food and Drug Administration is reviewing a controversial change to nutrition labels to add amounts of added sugar and recommended consumption levels, a move opposed by many food and beverage companies.

The proposed change to the Nutrition Facts label would set the recommended intake of added sugar for packaged food and drinks at no more than 10 percent of a 2,000-calorie a day, or 200 calories a day. That's equivalent to about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. A 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has nearly 10 teaspoons.

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More Than 100 Doctors Tell Big Pharma To Stop Making Cancer Drugs So Expensive

Cancer profits by Big PharmaThe pressure is mounting on pharmaceutical companies to lower their prices for lifesaving drugs, as a group of more than 100 prominent oncologists is calling for grassroots solutions to the skyrocketing cost of cancer treatment.

In an editorial published on Thursday in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 118 doctors from top hospitals around the country argue that up to 20 percent of cancer patients don’t follow their recommended treatment regimen because they’re being priced out of the drugs they need. The oncologists say this financial burden puts sick Americans in an untenable situation as they’re fighting for their lives.

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