Category: Health

FDA Approves 1st Drug For Aggressive Multiple Sclerosis

BY LINDA A. JOHNSON TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk. The Food and Drug Administration approved Ocrevus late Tuesday after a large study found it slowed progression of the neurological disease and reduced symptoms. While there are more than a dozen treatments for the most common form of MS, there’s been nothing specifically for people with the type called primary progressive MS. That type of MS is relatively rare, affecting about 50,000 Americans. The drug was also approved...

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Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

BY TOM MURPHY As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year. The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect for a few years anyway – and now it’s dead. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday. That means millions of Americans will have to navigate a current federal health care system that, while not “imploding” as...

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Health bill vote delayed in House in setback to Trump, Ryan

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test. The decision came after Trump, who ran as a master dealmaker, failed to reach agreement with a bloc of rebellious conservatives. Moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers were also bailing on the legislation, leaving it short of votes. The bill could still come to a vote in coming days, but canceling Thursday’s vote was a significant defeat. It came on the seven-year anniversary...

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FDA issues warning about risky vein opening procedure

BY LINDA A. JOHNSON TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday again warned patients and doctors to avoid a risky, experimental procedure promoted as a treatment for several nervous system disorders, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The procedure involves inflating a tiny balloon in narrowed veins, usually in the neck, to widen them and improve blood flow. The FDA said it has seen no evidence the procedure – called transvascular autonomic modulation, or TVAM – is safe or effective. It’s similar to balloon angioplasty, which is commonly used to open up clogged heart arteries....

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Mayo, wings, butter: ‘Fake milk’ is the latest food fight

BY CANDICE CHOI – AP FOOD INDUSTRY WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — Is “fake milk” spoiling the dairy industry’s image? Dairy producers are calling for a crackdown on the almond, soy and rice “milks” they say are masquerading as the real thing and cloud the meaning of milk for shoppers. And a group that advocates for plant-based products, the Good Food Institute, countered by asking the Food and Drug Administration this week to say foods can use terms such as “milk” and “sausage,” so long as they’re modified to make clear what’s in them. It’s the latest dispute about...

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