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July 20th, 2010
10:24 PM ET

Baseball joins first lady in fighting kids' obesity

Major League Baseball and first lady Michelle Obama are joining  to fight childhood obesity. Mrs. Obama announced the new relationship at a youth baseball clinic Thursday at Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles. Later she helped youth from the Boys and Girls Club throw out the first pitch at the Orioles' game against the Tamp Bay Rays.

MLB and  its Players Association will support Mrs. Obama's "Lets Move " campaign by getting involved in a new public service campaign. Thirty television spots and 30 radio announcements, one for each ball club, featuring a major player from each team will air in baseball stadiums across the country. New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson will be the national spokesperson for the program.

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July 20th, 2010
05:13 PM ET

Panel: Revoke drug's use in breast cancer

A drug that raised hopes for treating metastic breast cancer was rejected by an FDA advisory panel Tuesday, after two trials that failed to show any improvement in survival.

If the FDA follows through on the guidance, it would reverse a 2008 decision that gave provisional approval to bevacizumab, better known by its brand-name, Avastin. That conditional approval was based on a study showing that women on Avastin went 52 percent longer without their symptoms getting worse. However, two larger followup studies found that women on Avastin did not live longer, and more of them suffered serious side effects, including high blood pressure, fatigue and loss of white blood cells.

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July 20th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Recall issued for chicken nuggets sold at Walmart

Perdue Farms is recalling nearly 92,000 pounds of chicken nuggets because of concern that a small number of them may contain pieces of plastic.  The nuggets are sold under the Great Value brand in Walmart stores in the United States.

"We determined the likely source was a small plastic ring that got into the raw material before the nuggets were formed," said Bruce Stewart-Brown, Perdue's senior vice president for food safety and quality, in a news release.  The company says no one has been hurt.

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July 20th, 2010
10:59 AM ET

IVF babies at slightly higher risk for cancers

A study that followed nearly 27,000 children for 23 years,  1982-2005, and found that babies conceived through in vitro fertilization were at slightly higher risk for developing childhood cancers than those who were not conceived through IVF.

The risk was very low in both groups, based on data taken from the Swedish Cancer Register. The research was published in the journal Pediatrics this week. FULL POST


July 20th, 2010
06:55 AM ET

D-day for once-promising breast cancer drug?

A drug that got preliminary approval for treating breast cancer could see that approval reversed after an FDA meeting Tuesday, on the heels of two studies with discouraging results.

Bevacizumab, better known by its brand name, Avastin, was given what is known as “accelerated approval” in February 2008, after a study called E2100 showed that women taking the drug went longer without their symptoms getting worse. All the women had metastatic cancer, meaning the cancer had spread beyond the original tumor. The FDA approval came on the condition that Genentech, the drug’s manufacturer, conduct larger studies to confirm the treatment’s success.

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July 20th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Parents say drug therapy, school key in ADHD

Drug therapy and making a switch in schools- to one better prepared to work with children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – are the most effective treatments for those with the condition, a Consumer Reports Health survey finds.

The analysis included parents of more than 900 children or adolescents under the age of 18 who had ADHD, which is characterized by excessive and prolonged inattentive behaviors, hyperactivity and impulsivity. The CDC estimates that 4.5 million children aged 5-17 in the U.S. had an ADHD diagnosis in 2006.

Turning to medications is common among families dealing with ADHD. According to the survey, 84 percent at least try them and a third of parents said the drugs helped when it comes to academic performance and school behavior. They also modestly helped with behavior at home and in social relationships.

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