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Weight loss drug Belviq pulled from market over cancer risk

Health
The weight loss drug Belviq is being pulled from the market because of an increased risk of cancerBy LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Medical WriterFebruary 13, 2020, 10:10 PM1 min read The weight loss drug Belviq is being pulled from the market because of a slight increased risk of cancer. The drug's maker, Japan’s Eisai Inc., said Thursday that it has agreed to voluntarily withdraw Belviq at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, the company said in a statement that it disagrees with the FDA’s interpretation of new data on the drug’s safety and still believes the drug's benefit outweighs any cancer risk. The FDA also is warning patients to stop taking Belviq immediately and contact their doctor for advice on alternatives. The agency also is telling doctors to stop prescribing
Senators urge Medicare to allow seniors a drug plan do-over

Senators urge Medicare to allow seniors a drug plan do-over

Health
Leading senators are urging Medicare to allow seniors concerned about their drug plan pick for next year to switch if they believe they received inaccurate informationBy RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated PressDecember 6, 2019, 8:49 PM3 min read Leading senators are urging Medicare to allow seniors concerned about their drug plan pick for next year to switch if they received inaccurate information due to changes the agency made this sign-up season. The request from 14 Democrats and one Independent comes as open enrollment for prescription drug coverage ends at midnight Saturday. Medicare hinted Friday in a statement that it will provide such second chances. But the agency said it will post details when sign-up season is over, because a policy announcement now might create confusion. Medic...
The Amazing Johnathan: Drug addict illusionist ‘doubly’ unreliable

The Amazing Johnathan: Drug addict illusionist ‘doubly’ unreliable

Entertainment
Director Ben Berman says the moment he met comedian and illusionist the Amazing Johnathan, he knew he was the perfect subject for a documentary.The filmmaker tells Sky News: "The first thing we filmed, he was in the kitchen eating lunch, and he just started throwing these slices of ham on the refrigerator. I was like, 'Yeah, this is what we want. This makes no sense and I like it.' "It started off weird, but I absolutely did not know what I was in for." Image: Born John Edward Szeles, he was at the height of his fame in the 80s and 90s Born John Edward Szeles, the Amazing Johnathan honed his skills performing on the streets of San Francisco, before achieving fame across America in the 1980s and 1990s.Self-dubbed the "Freddie Krueger o...
Brain implants used to fight drug addiction in US

Brain implants used to fight drug addiction in US

Technology
Patients with severe opioid addiction are being given brain implants to help reduce their cravings, in the first trial of its kind in the US.Gerod Buckhalter, 33, who has struggled with substance abuse for more than a decade with many relapses and overdoses, has already had the surgery.Lead doctor Ali Rezai described the device as a "pacemaker for the brain".But he added it was not a consumer technology and should not be used for "augmenting humans". Mr Buckhalter had his operation on 1 November at the West Virginia University Medicine Hospital. Three more volunteers will also have the procedure. It starts with a series of brain scans. Surgery follows with doctors making...