FDA chief’s long-promised opioid review faces skepticism

As U.S. opioid deaths mounted in 2016, the incoming head of the Food and Drug Administration promised a “sweeping review” of prescription painkillers in hopes of reversing the worst overdose epidemic in American history. Dr. Robert Califf even personally commissioned a report from the nation’s top medical advisers that recommended reforms, including potentially removing some […]

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Bacterial bullseye: In rare feat, researchers decipher how one gut bacterium influences immunity

From immunity to metabolism to mental health, it seems like the gut microbiome has been linked to every aspect of human health and disease. But with hundreds of bacterial species populating our gastrointestinal tract, it’s a daunting task to pinpoint which molecules made by which bacteria affect which biological processes—and how they do so. “Microbiome […]

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Leadership program prepares professionals to respond to public health crises in Puerto Rico

A program called “Advancing Leadership in Times of Crisis” (ALTC) has helped to increase leadership skills and knowledge among public health professionals in Puerto Rico—preparing them to adapt and respond to the challenges posed by a series of public health emergencies, reports a study in a supplement to the September/October issue of the Journal of […]

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Study shows most familial hypercholesterolemia patients remain undiagnosed

The Family Heart Foundation, a leading research and advocacy organization, completed an analysis of its large U.S. Family Heart Database showing that while the percentage of patients diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) has increased substantially since 2016, most remain undiagnosed. The data is being presented in a poster titled, “Diagnosis of Familial Hypercholesterolemia: A Work […]

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New insights into HIV latent cells yield potential cure targets

In a presentation today at AIDS 2022, the 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal, scientists with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center (VRC) and their collaborators described how their use of cutting-edge technology revealed new insights into cellular reservoirs of HIV and what those observations could mean for the […]

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