Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration have recommended approval of a new obesity drug called Qnexa. The advisory panel had rejected the drug two years ago due to concerns about possible birth defects and heart problems. But new studies presented by the drug's maker convinced the panel that the benefits of the drug outweighed its risks. The panel did recommend, however, the company that makes the drug conduct a follow-up study to better assess the drug's risk to the heart. The FDA usually follows the advice of its advisers.
An expert panel is expanding an earlier recommendation that seniors be vaccinated if they have contact with very young infants. Now just about all seniors will be candidates for vaccination. Adults and teens have been on the recommended list for years already.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to block imports of Brazilian orange juice for the next 18 months could drive wholesale prices of concentrated orange juice up by 20 to 45 percent. The industry agrees that higher prices are indeed likely because orange juice already is in short supply.
Psychiatrists have long claimed that gardens hold healing powers for mental illness. Now, scientists are exploring a new field called horticultural therapy for everyone from troubled youth to veterans. But just how gardens affect the brain remains mainly a mystery.
Teenagers who see drinking scenes in movies are more likely to start drinking, and to binge drink themselves, according to a new study. Drinking features in almost all movies, even in many rated for children.
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