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Diet Drug Qnexa Gets Thumbs-Up From FDA Panel

In a reversal, a panel of experts is advising the Food and Drug Administration to approve Qnexa, a weight-loss pill, that was rejected in 2010. The potential benefits for overweight people exceed the risks, such as birth defects and increased heart rates, the panel determined.
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FDA Recommends Approval For New Obesity Drug

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.
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Whooping Cough Vaccine Recommended For Seniors

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.
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FDA Says Brazil's Orange Juice Is Safe, But Still Illegal

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.
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Can Gardening Help Troubled Minds Heal?

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.
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In Women, Heart Attacks Often Strike Without Chest Pain

Women are more likely to have heart attacks that don't announce themselves with crushing chest pain. And women having heart attacks like those are more likely to die than men.

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