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9/26/2016
FDA Approves New Generic Version Of Arthritis Drug
   (Undated)  The Food and Drug Administration is giving thumbs up to a generic arthritis drug.  The FDA has approved use of Amjevita, which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease among other things.  It's the generic version of the top-selling arthritis drug, Humira.  The FDA says there's no clinically meaningful difference between the two drugs.  
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9/23/2016
Smoking Permanently Alters DNA
   (Undated)    A new study finds that smoking can permanently damages a person's DNA.  Researchers report that most disease-causing alterations to DNA can disappear after a smoker quits for more than five years, but there are some that will stay forever.  The study found that even decades after quitting there are risks of cancer and stroke due to permanent DNA changes.  The report says genes linked to diseases like lymphoma can last over 30-years.  Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable illness in the U.S.
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9/22/2016
Stress Might Undercut Women's Health
   (Columbus, OH)   A woman who makes healthy food choices may lose those health benefits if she's under a lot of stress.  A new study shows that stressful events from the day before appear to erase any health benefits gained from choosing a healthy meal over an unhealthy meal.  Researchers at Ohio State University studied healthy women at the average age of 53, giving them a healthy meal one day and an unhealthy meal on another day.  The women were also interviewed about stressful things that happened the day before.  The study showed that women under a lot of stress appeared to lose the benefits of a healthy meal.  The lead researcher said women under stress appeared physically like they had eaten a meal high in saturated fats.   
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9/21/2016
Kellogg Recalls Product Due To Listeria
   (Undated)   Nearly ten-thousand cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles are being voluntarily recalled because they may be contaminated with the bacteria listeria.  Kellogg announced on its website that the recalls will take place in 25 states.  Listeria can cause infections in children, the elderly and those with a weak immune system.  Symptoms include high fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea.  Kellogg is asking people to throw away affected products and is offering refunds.  There have been no reports of illnesses related to the recall, and no other Eggo products have been affected. 
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9/20/2016
FDA Approves Controversial Muscular Dystrophy Drug
   (Undated)  The Food and Drug Administration is approving a controversial drug that treats muscular dystrophy.  The FDA approved the drug Monday, overriding the recommendation of its panel of experts.  The drug, known as exondys 51, targets a mutation that causes some cases of the most common form of muscular dystrophy in young children.  Even as it approved the drug, the FDA said it isn't clear whether it helps patients who have tried it.  The agency said it based its approval on the life-threatening and debilitating nature of muscular dystrophy and the lack of available therapy for children suffering from the disease.  
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9/19/2016
Brain Cancer Now Deadliest Cancer For Children
   (Undated)    Brain tumors now claim more children's lives than any other form of cancer.  Doctors at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics report brain cancer has pushed leukemia out of the number one spot.  But they say it's because leukemia treatments have become more effective and not because brain cancer has become more deadly.  Bone cancer is currently the third biggest cancer killer of youngsters.  Overall, the cancer death rate for children and teens dropped by about a fifth between 1999 and 2014.
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