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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Top 10 Daily Medical News Stories (4/13/13)

Here you will find listed the top 10 daily news stories from reputable sources across the internet. No more searching multiple health websites for health news as they are accessible from here. Only at the MedFriendly Medical Blog. Bookmark for future reference.

1. Bionic hands controlled by iPhone app: The hand offers "unparalleled dexterity and control, enabling wearers to more easily perform activities of daily living and thus increase their quality of life," said Ian Stevens, CEO of Touch Bionics.

2. Deaths from new bird flu underscore grim fears: A new report on three of the first patients in China to contract a novel strain of bird flu has U.S. officials worried about a grim scenario that includes severe illness with pneumonia, septic shock, brain damage and multi-organ failure.

3. New technology speeding progress on bird flu vaccine: Even as U.S. officials this week awaited the arrival of a sample of the new bird flu virus from China - typically the first step in making a flu vaccine - government-backed researchers had already begun testing a "seed" strain of the virus made from the genetic code posted on the Internet.

4. Supplement ingredient DMAA is illegal, dangerous, FDA says: The Food and Drug Administration is warning to consumers not to buy dietary supplements containing the ingredient dimethylamylamine, or DMAA.

5. FDA advisory panel to reconsider Avandia safety: A federal health advisory panel in June will reconsider safety data on GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Avandia diabetes drug, although the British drugmaker on Friday said it has not sought permission to make the nearly discontinued drug widely available again in the United States.

6. Upper-Income Seniors' Medicare Hike: President Barack Obama's plan to raise Medicare premiums for upper-income seniors would create five new income brackets to squeeze more revenue for the government from the top tiers of retirees, the administration revealed Friday.

7. Why Apple-Shaped People Have Higher Risk Of Kidney Disease: A new study may help explain why being "apple-shaped", that is carrying excess weight around the middle, is more closely linked with kidney disease than being pear-shaped, regardless of BMI.

8. Work Out or Fix a Meal? Survey Finds It’s One or the Other: Preparing meals can mean less time for exercise, according to a new study.

9. FDA cracks down on compounding pharmacies: More than 700 people have become ill and more than 50 of them have died of meningitis since a pharmacy in Massachusetts manufactured thousands of vials of contaminated steroids. It's the worst pharmaceutical disaster in recent times and it's drawn attention to the rapid growth of compounding pharmacies. There are thousands of them in America making high risk drugs, but they're not supervised by the FDA. Since the disaster, the FDA has been looking into this.

10. Do Teens Who Sleep In Stay Slimmer?: Study finds association between more shuteye, healthier weight.

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