The Health News USA March 23 2018

  • Just 1 day after Mississippi’s governor signed a law banning abortions after fifteen weeks, a federal judge issued an order temporarily blocking it. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, blocking the law from taking effect for 10 days while the court considers further action. House Bill 1510 was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday, making Mississippi the state with the earliest abortion ban in the nation.
  • FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb urged Congress Wednesday to let his agency destroy unlabeled drugs that pour in through the mail, saying it is not uncommon to see traffickers resend parcels that were rejected once and may contain opioids or other deadly drugs. FDA inspectors are charged with figuring about whether drug shipments are legitimate, and how the products might be used.
  • New research recently published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, suggests that a small dose of the popular male impotence drug Viagra, when administered daily, may significantly reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society (ACS) write that colorectal cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the US. It is the 3rd most commonly diagnosed form of cancer overall; around 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women are likely to develop it at some point.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 23rd of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/20/health/mississippi-abortion-ban-blocked-bn/index.html

Just one day after Mississippi’s governor signed a law banning abortions after fifteen weeks, a federal judge issued an order temporarily blocking it. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, blocking the law from taking effect for ten days while the court considers further action. Reeves wrote that the law threatens immediate, irreparable harm to Mississippians’ abilities to control their ‘destiny and body’ – citing another ruling.

House Bill one five one zero was signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant on Monday, making Mississippi the state with the earliest abortion ban in the nation. The same day, the nonprofit Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law, which had gone into effect immediately. It also asked the court to block the ban, a particularly urgent request because a woman was scheduled to have a fifteen-week abortion Tuesday afternoon.
Bryant called the temporary restraining order “disappointing.” He said in a statement:  “House Bill one five one zero protects maternal health and will further our efforts to make Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child. We are confident in its constitutionality and look forward to vigorously defending it.”
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House Bill one five one zero  is also known as the Gestational Age Act. It makes exceptions only for medical emergencies or cases in which there’s a “severe fetal abnormality.” There are no exceptions for incidents of rape or incest. The law also requires doctors who perform abortions after fifteen weeks to submit reports detailing the circumstances of each case. If they knowingly violate the law, their medical licenses will be suspended or revoked in Mississippi. If they falsify records, they will face civil penalties or be forced to pay fines of up to five hundred dollars.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/21/fda-seeks-authority-destroy-illicit-drug-shipments/

Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb urged Congress Wednesday to let his agency destroy unlabeled drugs that pour in through the mail, saying it is not uncommon to see traffickers resend parcels that were rejected once and may contain opioids or other deadly drugs. FDA inspectors are charged with figuring about whether drug shipments are legitimate, and how the products might be used.

But senders often strip labels from containers or disguise illegal drugs as legitimate products. According to Dr. Gottlieb, shipments that are sent back often turn up again, sometimes with an inspector’s handwriting still on the outside of the parcel.
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Representative Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, and Representative Frank Pallone, New Jersey Democrat, have offered legislation that would beef up the FDA’s inspection resources and enable them to destroy suspicious goods.

The Energy and Commerce panel is vetting the legislation and about two dozen other bills crafted to combat the opioids addiction crisis that’s ravaging the U.S. Other measures would speed the approval of painkilling alternatives or link ER patients with treatment after they overdose. The panel will also consider legislation to let doctors know if patients have a history of addiction, to study how many teens are using injectable drugs, and to boost efforts to interdict fentanyl, a synthetic opioid blamed for the recent spike in overdose deaths.
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Opioid-related overdose killed forty two thousand people in two thousand sixteen and the two thousand seventeen figures are expected to be even worse, driven by the surge in deadly fentanyl from clandestine labs overseas. The federal government is grappling with how to keep those drugs out.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321278.php

New research recently published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, suggests that a small dose of the popular male impotence drug Viagra, when administered daily, may significantly reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) write that colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. It is the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer overall; around one in twenty two men and one in twenty four women are likely to develop it at some point. A significant risk factor for developing the illness is a mutation in a gene called the adenomatous polyposis coli (APC), a tumor suppressor. People with an APC genetic mutation might develop hundreds of colorectal polyps, which may eventually result in cancer. New research uses a mouse model of this genetic mutation to test the effect of sildenafil — which is marketed as the popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra — on colorectal cancer risk.

The study — led by Doctor Darren D. Browning, a cancer researcher at the Georgia Cancer Center and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Augusta University in Georgia — claims that a small daily intake of the drug could cut the number of colorectal tumors by half. The researchers added the drug to the drinking water of mice that had been genetically modified to develop hundreds of polyps — which, in humans, almost always lead to colorectal cancer.
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As Doctor Browning and colleagues explain in their study, cGMP has also been shown to regulate the homeostasis of the intestinal epithelium, or the layer of cells inside the intestine that forms a physical barrier against foreign substances and bacteria.

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