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FDA temporarily stopped Juno’s cancer treatment trial that killed three people

FDA temporarily stopped Juno’s cancer treatment trial that killed three people

The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily stopped a study from continuing after death of three subjects who died during trial. Juno Therapeutics, which a biopharmaceutical company founded in 2013, used genetically engineered cells to treat brain tumors in patients, three of whom died due to swelling in the brain.

New proposed constitutional amendment would triple taxes on pack of cigarettes in Colorado

New proposed constitutional amendment would triple taxes on pack of cigarettes in Colorado

A proposed constitutional change that may be presented in front of voters in fall would make the taxes on a pack of cigarettes triple in Colorado, hoping to encourage people to never start smoking.

In Colorado, the measure presently named as Proposed Initiative 143, would add an extra $1.75-per-pack tax to the 84 cents-per-pack tax that smokers have already been paying. It would also raise taxes on other tobacco products, including cigars or chewing tobacco by 22%.

Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted to Double Rate of Progress toward Cancer Cure

Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted to Double Rate of Progress toward Cancer Cure

In an effort to find an effective cure for cancer, a summit was hosted on June 29 to double the rate of progress toward cancer cure. The Cancer Moonshot Summit last week was hosted by the Greenstar Space and the Cancer Resource Center (CRC).

The summit in Finger Lakes was attended by more than three dozen people. The attendees included cancer survivors and their family members, people who use services of CRC and official of the town.

Michael Botticelli blames pharmaceutical, physicians for opioid epidemic

Michael Botticelli blames pharmaceutical, physicians for opioid epidemic

White House drug policy director Michael Botticelli on Wednesday spoke to the USA TODAY Editorial Board that doctors and pharmaceutical companies should jointly share blame for the nation's opioid epidemic that kills around 78 Americans daily. More and more number of physicians said they have played a role in the problem.

“The root cause of our opiate epidemic has been the over-prescribing of prescription pain medications. Physicians get little to no training related to addiction in general, but particularly around opiate prescriptions”, said Botticelli.

Top selling sunscreens on Amazon.com did not meet sunscreen recommendations

Top selling sunscreens on Amazon.com did not meet sunscreen recommendations

A new study states that around 40% of the top selling sunscreens do not meet the criteria set by the American Academy of Dermatology for sunscreens. Many well known sunscreen brands have failed to meet sunscreen recommendations by the academy. They mainly lack water resistance, thus exposing consumers to risk.

According to the recommendations set by academy, all should use sunscreens that offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and be water-resistant.

Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer Should be Tested for Inherited Gene Mutations

Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer Should be Tested for Inherited Gene Mutations

A team of cancer researchers from the US and Britain has suggested that men who are detected with prostate cancer should get tested for inherited gene mutations, and not just to for the right treatment, to alert their family members who could be at an increased risk of developing a form of cancer.

DeepMind partners with eye hospital to build a machine that will diagnose eye diseases

DeepMind partners with eye hospital to build a machine that will diagnose eye diseases

Google’s DeepMind will work with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London to make artificial intelligence capable of detecting two common types of eye diseases which physicians fail to detect accurately. The computer will study medical records of 1.6 million patients of the hospital to make more precise diagnosis while saving time.

The physicians often diagnose diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration inefficiently; they evaluate their results by analyzing medical charts and interviewing patients. But still their diagnoses go wrong 10 to 20% of the time.

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