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FDA disagrees, calls meeting on study showing breast implant link to rare conditions

FDA disagrees, calls meeting on study showing breast implant link to rare conditions

Health
The Food and Drug Administration has refuted a link between silicone breast implants and higher rates of rare health conditions, found in a recent study. The agency has called a meeting next year to review all available data, including this study. The study has sparked controversy within the medical community, especially since silicone breast implants have been taken off the market in the past. What to know about silicone breast implants The current generation of silicone-filled implants was approved in 2006, after the FDA lifted a previous 1992 ban that had been in place because of safety concerns. The approval came after the Institute of Medicine second review of the evidence that led to the 1992 ban, which concluded there was no association between breast implants and autoimmune ...
Rare footage of never-before-seen Amazon tribe filmed by drone

Rare footage of never-before-seen Amazon tribe filmed by drone

World
Deep in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, in a part seemingly unmarred by civilization, lives a secluded tribe. Its people have lived quiet, unobtrusive lives, hidden from the eyes of the world for centuries -- until now, when researchers managed to capture them on camera for what is believed to be the first time ever. Brazil’s agency for indigenous affairs, Funai, this week released video of several members of the tribe walking across a clearing in Vale do Javari, an indigenous territory in the state of Amazonas. The video was captured by a drone last year and gives a rare glimpse into the existence of the isolated tribe. “These images have the power to make society and the government reflect on the importance of protecting these groups,” Funai's president Wallace Bas...
FDA approves first drug to treat rare corneal eye condition

FDA approves first drug to treat rare corneal eye condition

Health
Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first medication to treat a rare eye disease affecting the cornea. Dompe farmaceutici SpA, an Italian bio-pharmaceutical company, can market and sell the brand name drug Oxervate to treat neurotrophic keratitis in the United States, the FDA said in a release Wednesday. The drug was approved by the European Medicines Agency in 2017. "While the prevalence of neurotrophic keratitis is low, the impact of this serious condition on an individual patient can be devastating," Dr. Wiley Chambers, an ophthalmologist in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a press release. "In the past, it has often been necessary to turn to surgical interventions; these treatments are usually only palliative in this disease." ...
Paleontologists study rare pterosaur fossils using a 3D model

Paleontologists study rare pterosaur fossils using a 3D model

Technology
Paleontologists have found rare winged-reptile fossils, and 3D technology has helped them to study the pterosaur in "exquisite" detail. The site was discovered by paleontologists while they were looking for fossil tracks in the rugged desert of northeastern Utah, not far from the dinosaur national monument, according to Brooks Britt, a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). While pulling themselves over a sandstone ledge adjacent to a precarious cliff the researchers saw delicate bones in the rock at the site known as Saints and Sinners, which was excavated over a period of several years, according to Britt who's studying the fossils. The bones belong to the pterosaur, or winged reptile, which is named Caelestiventus hanseni, according to Britt. This particular species isn't a bi...
Rare blood moon stuns worldwide – but not in UK

Rare blood moon stuns worldwide – but not in UK

Technology
From Greece to Abu Dhabi, Australia to Iraq, a stunning blood moon as spectacular as it was rare lit up the night sky around the world on Friday night.It marked the start of the longest total lunar eclipse we will see this century, passing between the sun and the Earth for a grand total of 103 minutes.Lauded as a "real celestial treat" by Professor Andrew Coats of Mullard Space Science Laboratory, and a "freak of nature" by space journalist Sarah Cruddas, it certainly lived up to its billing.A blood moon is actually a lunar eclipse - caused by the Earth passing between the moon and the sun.Only light that is refracted through Earth's atmosphere manages to reach the moon, with everything outside of the red wavelengths being scattered, leaving the moon looking blood red.An incredibly stormy ...