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Documentary Review: “Fight To Live” Highlights The Pitfalls of The FDA’s Drug Approval Process

The documentary presents a call to action to change the FDA's approach to new drug approval

“Fight To Live” is a 2012 documentary that highlights the shortcomings of the drug approval system employed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The documentary makes the case that a person with a terminal illness with no known cure … Continue reading

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Prescription Drug Expiration Dates Are Not What They Seem

The idea of medicines "going bad" is misleading

The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world. One of the main reasons that this is the case is because we are extremely wasteful when it comes to prescription drugs. Numerous studies have shown that expiration … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Keytruda Based on Cancer Genetics

The first-ever approval focuses on tumor genetics rather than tumor location

For decades, cancer treatments focused on where tumors originated to determine how to treat the disease. But now for the first time, the FDA has approved the immunotherapy drug Keytruda to treat cancers based on genetic biomarkers rather than the location of the … Continue reading

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Diet Soda May Lead To Increased Risk Of Stroke and Dementia

A new study suggests daily diet soda intake could cause significant harm to the brain

It’s no secret that sugar-sweetened sodas and their diet counterparts are not exactly healthy beverages. And now a new study suggests that diet soda may increase the risk of dementia and stroke. The study, published in the American Heart Association’s … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Push for Right-to-Try Bills Across the Nation

These landmark decisions could change the face of healthcare for terminally ill patients

“Right-to-Try” bills are sweeping the nation in 2015,  as 24 states have already granted patients with life-threatening illnesses the right to seek out experimental treatments not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In October, California was on … Continue reading

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23andMe Says Ancestral and Genetic Knowledge Can Prevent Death

Why the startup that claims to “save your life” is in trouble with the FDA

We’re no strangers to marketing techniques with ambitious promises in America. Every day, we’re seduced by packaging that assures us we’ll be happier, thinner, healthier, etc., if only we buy or consume a company’s service or product. But just how … Continue reading

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