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FDA Launches Site to Warn Against Unlicensed Drug Distributors

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched "Know Your Source," an educational program to advise healthcare professionals and practice administrators on the purchasing of prescription drugs to protect patients from unsafe and ineffective medications.

Statins May Improve Hemorrhagic Stroke Outcomes

Patients taking statin medication while in the hospital for a hemorrhagic stroke are more than four times more likely to survive than people who aren't taking the drugs.

NIH Adds $10M to Encourage Gender Balance in Clinical Trials

The U.S. National Institutes of Health is investing $10 million in additional funding in scientific trials to encourage researchers to consider gender in their preclinical and clinical studies.

Ebola Cases Predicted to Continue Increasing

Based on data from the first nine months of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic, the numbers of cases are predicted to continue increasing, with the cumulative number of cases in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone predicted to exceed 20,000 by November.

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Screening for All Sexually Active Women, Says USPSTF

All sexually active women should be screened for two of the most common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Behavioral Counseling for STI Reduction Advised

All sexually active adolescents and adults who are at increased risk for sexually transmitted infections should undergo "intensive" behavioral counseling to help prevent risky sexual behaviors (a B recommendation), according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

New Test for Candida Blood Stream Infection Offers Faster Results

T2 Biosystems announced that it has received marketing clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their T2Candida Panel and T2Dx Instrument, the first blood test for the direct detection of Candida species in human whole blood specimens from patients with symptoms of, or medical conditions predisposing the patient to, invasive fungal infections.

First-in-Class Antifungal Available for Toenail Onychomycosis

Anacor announced the launch of Kerydin (tavaborole) topical solution, which is being distributed and commercialized by Sandoz.

Metformin May Lower TSH Levels in Hypothyroidism Patients

Metformin may raise the risk of low levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) among patients with hypothyroidism,

Iron Intake in Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

Taking iron supplements as prescribed may play a role in reducing the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).