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FDA approves ‘miracle’ treatment for cystic fibrosis

Olivier Le Moal/iStock(WASHINGTON) — “Imagine waiting 28 years for a miracle, and then it suddenly happens.”That’s how Gunnar Esiason, a 28-year-old graduate student at Dartmouth College, described the approval of Trikafta, a new drug for cystic fibrosis.Esiason has been living with CF since 1993, and, in an interview with ABC News, said that the disease…read more »

In dramatic turn, Biogen seeks FDA approval for experimental Alzheimer’s drug

Ildar Imashev/iStock(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) — In a surprising turnaround, Biogen Inc. announced Tuesday it would seek approval for an experimental Alzheimer’s treatment from the Food and Drug Administration.The announcement comes as a shock because Biogen killed studies of the same drug, known as aducanumab, in March of this year on the grounds that the drug was…read more »

Shortage of critical cancer drug forcing some children to go without

michaelquirk/iStock(NEW YORK) — When 4-year-old Milo Sligh, of Charleston, South Carolina, was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia the word “cancer” was frightening, but the prognosis was hopeful, according to his mother, Marisa.The diagnosis of a childhood cancer is a life-changing and highly emotional experience for families and the affected child, but the chemotherapy medication…read more »

What to say to someone who’s had a miscarriage

nicoolay/iStock(NEW YORK) — Miscarriage, or the loss of a pregnancy, is disturbingly common — so much so, that if you haven’t had one, you likely know someone who has.Though it’s impossible to say how many pregnancies end in miscarriage, as many occur before a woman knows she’s expecting, the Mayo Clinic reports that at least…read more »

4th death in Legionnaire’s outbreak tied to NC state fair

iStock(FLETCHER, N.C.) — Four people have died from a Legionnaire’s outbreak tied to a hot tub display at a North Carolina state fair, according to state health officials.In addition to the deaths, North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services reported 133 cases of Legionnaire’s and eight cases of Pontiac fever among people who attended…read more »

Baby who weighed less than 1 pound at birth heads home after 150 days

Ebonie Bender (PHOENIX) — Four-month-old Kallie Bender’s life has been full of firsts.There was her first bottle. Her first bath in a “big girl” tub. The first time she could fit into newborn clothes.Those might seem like typical milestones for any newborn, but for this baby, born at just 25 weeks gestation and weighing less…read more »

Study finds two-thirds of moms aren’t following steps to prevent infant deaths

monkeybusinessimages/iStock(NEW YORK) — Most new parents have, at one point or another, heard about safe sleep practices to help reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).But a new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, finds that up to two-thirds of moms aren’t following these steps to prevent infant deaths.ABC News’ Chief Medical Correspondent…read more »

Celebrity nanny offers tips to help parents tackle temper tantrums

mofles/iStock(NEW YORK) — From the “Terrible Twos” to “Threenagers,” parents of toddlers are all too familiar with tantrums.But what if there were ways to help stop them before they start?Watch the video below to hear tips from celebrity nanny Connie Simpson on how to prevent kids from throwing tantrums and how to stop them once…read more »