FDA panel backs much-debated ALS drug in rare, 2nd review

WASHINGTON — A panel of federal health advisers voted Wednesday to recommend approval for an experimental drug to treat Lou Gehrig’s disease, a remarkable turnaround for the much-debated medication that was previously rejected by the same group. The Food and Drug Administration advisers voted 7-2 that data from Amylyx Pharma warranted approval, despite ongoing concerns about the strength and reliability […]

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Omicron COVID booster in Colorado: Who is eligible and how to get it

COVID-19 booster shots with a new omicron-targeting recipe are expected to arrive in Colorado pharmacies and clinics next week, but the experience of getting them will be largely the same as previous rounds of the vaccine. On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized new booster shots meant to target the BA.5 variant of the virus, and the Centers […]

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U.S. will stretch monkeypox vaccine supply with smaller doses

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials on Tuesday authorized a plan to stretch the nation’s limited supply of monkeypox vaccine by giving people just one-fifth the usual dose, citing research suggesting that the reduced amount is about as effective. The so-called dose-sparing approach also calls for administering the Jynneos vaccine with an injection just under the skin rather than into deeper […]

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FDA bans Juul e-cigarettes tied to teen vaping surge

WASHINGTON — U.S. health regulators on Thursday ordered Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the market, the latest blow to the embattled company widely blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping. The action is part of a sweeping effort by the Food and Drug Administration to bring scientific scrutiny to the multibillion-dollar vaping industry after years of […]

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FDA authorizes 1st COVID-19 shots for infants, preschoolers

U.S. regulators on Friday authorized the first COVID-19 shots for infants and preschoolers, paving the way for vaccinations to begin next week. The Food and Drug Administration’s action follows its advisory panel’s unanimous recommendation for the shots from Moderna and Pfizer. That means U.S. kids under 5 — roughly 18 million youngsters — are eligible for the shots, about 1 […]

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Colorado COVID testing sites closing at end of month

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will close down 48 COVID-19 testing sites on June 30 as part of a plan to gradually treat the virus more like other diseases. The state closed 40 sites in April, citing the availability of home test kits and testing in medical offices. Public health experts have raised concerns that cases found […]

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Colorado’s infant mortality gap persists with Black, Latino families

AURORA — As Britney Taylor toured the Mama Bird Maternity Wellness Spa during its grand opening this spring, she reflected on the birth of her first child: a confusing and lonely experience that resulted in an unplanned cesarean section and an extended period of postpartum depression. But here, local families and smiling doulas wandered amid a bright space resonating with […]

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WHO: Monkeypox won’t turn into pandemic, but many unknowns – The Denver Post

LONDON — The World Health Organization’s top monkeypox expert said she doesn’t expect the hundreds of cases reported to date to turn into another pandemic, but acknowledged there are still many unknowns about the disease, including how exactly it’s spreading and whether the suspension of mass smallpox immunization decades ago may somehow be speeding its transmission. In a public session […]

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