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New MRSA/SA Dx Test Uses Single Nasal Swab

Roche announced that the FDA has granted clearance for the cobas MRSA/SA Test for the early, simultaneous detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (SA) directly from nasal specimens.

Fish Intake Tied to Liver Cancer Risk

A new study in PLOS ONE reviewed published studies on the role of total fish intake and risk of primary liver cancer in case-control and cohort studies.

Can Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Stop Dengue, Chikungunya?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing a proposal to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to stop the spread of dengue and chikungunya.

First Apps Approved for Sharing Glucose Monitoring Data

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing of the Dexcom Share system, the first set of mobile medical applications (apps) that allow patients with diabetes to automatically and securely share data from a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with other people in real-time using an Apple mobile device such as an iPhone.

New Inhalers for Asthma, COPD Launched

GlaxoSmithKline announced the launch of Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate inhalation powder) and Incruse Ellipta (umeclidinium bromide inhalation powder).

Menu Calorie Info May Prompt Parents to Order Less for Kids

Info about minutes or miles of activity required to burn off calories may be most helpful

Morphine May Be Unsafe in Some Post-Tonsillectomy

Research suggests children with obstructive sleep apnea should not be given morphine for post-op pain

AAP Issues Policy Statement on Marijuana Legalization

But supports compassionate use for children with debilitating, terminal illnesses

AAP: 2015 Vaccine Schedule for Children, Teens Approved

Minor changes from 2014 format include footnotes; extensive revision to meningococcal footnote

Premature Death Risk Up for Stroke Survivors Living Alone

Findings especially strong for men