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FDA Restricts Ocaliva Use in Primary Biliary Cholangitis

FDA Restricts Ocaliva Use in Primary Biliary Cholangitis

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FDA on Wednesday restricted the use of obeticholic acid (Ocaliva) in primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) due to the risk of serious liver injury in patients with advanced cirrhosis. Serious side effects, such as liver failure or the urgent need for a liver transplant, were reported after use of obeticholic acid in PBC patients with advanced…
Cracking the Racial Disparity Nut

Cracking the Racial Disparity Nut

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This year's Digestive Disease Week (DDW) annual meeting included disparities in gastrointestinal care access and outcomes for Black and other racial/ethnic minority patients as one of its main themes. Multiple lectures and panel discussions as well as at least two dozen research abstracts focused on the issue, with many speakers acknowledging that it had been…
Ergobaby Recalls METROUS Strollers Due to Choking Hazard

Ergobaby Recalls METROUS Strollers Due to Choking Hazard

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Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time. Consumers should check with recalling firms for further details. It is important to remember that CPSC and recalling firms urge consumers not to use recalled products. Recalled METROUS1, METROUS2 and METROUS4 Compact…
HSN Recalls 5.4 Million Handheld Clothing Steamers Due to Serious Burn Hazard

HSN Recalls 5.4 Million Handheld Clothing Steamers Due to Serious Burn Hazard

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Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time. Consumers should check with recalling firms for further details. It is important to remember that CPSC and recalling firms urge consumers not to use recalled products. Recalled My Little Steamer DeluxeRecalled My…
Target Recalls Shower Stools Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target

Target Recalls Shower Stools Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target

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Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time. Consumers should check with recalling firms for further details. It is important to remember that CPSC and recalling firms urge consumers not to use recalled products. Recalled Target Room Essentials Shower Stool…
JCPenney Recalls Girls Puffer Jackets Due to Entanglement Hazard

JCPenney Recalls Girls Puffer Jackets Due to Entanglement Hazard

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Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time. Consumers should check with recalling firms for further details. It is important to remember that CPSC and recalling firms urge consumers not to use recalled products. Recalled Arizona Jean Co. “Lilac Smoke”…
Trek Recalls Bontrager Satellite City Bicycle Pedals Due to Fall and Injury Hazards

Trek Recalls Bontrager Satellite City Bicycle Pedals Due to Fall and Injury Hazards

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Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time. Consumers should check with recalling firms for further details. It is important to remember that CPSC and recalling firms urge consumers not to use recalled products. Recalled Bontrager Satellite City PedalsRecalled Bontrager…
Op-Ed: Love Can Conquer Trauma

Op-Ed: Love Can Conquer Trauma

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I was 7 years old and sitting on the edge of my bed listening to my parents scream in their all too frequent arguments. I was crying. I heard an ashtray crash against the door. The yelling intensified. I was afraid. The argument seemed like it lasted forever. I wanted to it stop. I needed…
Op-Ed: Protect the Patents

Op-Ed: Protect the Patents

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Facing significant pressure from the World Trade Organization and select countries including India and many in Africa, the U.S. recently announced its support for a proposal to waive patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines. This waiver would compel companies to give up COVID-19 intellectual property rights and make vaccine recipes available to international governments. The rationale…
Trust in Healthcare System Needs Rebuilding, Internal Medicine Group Says

Trust in Healthcare System Needs Rebuilding, Internal Medicine Group Says

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Scientists and clinicians need to work to rebuild trust in the healthcare system, according to officials from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation. "We really are living in a world in which facts themselves -- the whole existence of facts -- is in dispute," said Richard Baron, MD, president and CEO of the…