September 9, 2016 |
Merck & Co. said the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing its immunotherapy cancer drug Keytruda as a first-line treatment for patients with advanced lung cancer. The FDA has assigned "priority review" and designated it as a "breakthrough therapy" with a target action date of Dec. 24, the company said. Keytruda, a monoclonal antibody that works by increasing the ability of the body's immune system to help detect and fight tumor cells, is already approved as a second-line treatment for patients who have undergone chemotherapy for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer, and whose condition worsens.
August 1, 2016 |
"Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life," by Steven Hyden. Beatles vs. Stones. Biggie vs. Tupac. Kanye vs. Taylor. Ace rock scribe Hyden, host of the weekly Celebration Rock podcast, explores how what we feel about the music we love reveals about who we are. Back Bay Books $16.99. White Lung. Canadian punk quartet fronted by Mish Barber-Way makes its move toward the mainstream with the excellent new Paradise without watering down its bracing sound.
June 18, 2016 |
Shares of Merck rose Thursday after the drugmaker said its Keytruda immuno-oncology medicine succeeded in a study of patients with advanced lung cancer and showed a survival advantage over patients given standard chemotherapy. Based on the results, an independent data monitoring board recommended that the clinical trial be stopped and that patients receiving chemotherapy be allowed to switch to the company's treatment. Merck, based in Kenilworth, N.J., employs about 9,200 in West Point and Upper Gwynedd in Montgomery County.
August 17, 2015 |
The battle over President Obama's clean power plan - in Congress and the courts, in the realms of commerce and common conversation - will rage for some time. But few are debating the value of the potential health benefits, which are expected to be significant. In the final rule announced Aug. 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a goal of reducing carbon pollution from the power-generating sector by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This major climate-change initiative focuses on power plants because they are a major contributor to carbon pollution, accounting for one-third of all carbon emissions in the U.S. The EPA has predicted that once the reductions are met, Americans will avoid up to 90,000 asthma attacks a year.
May 9, 2015 |
Bobby Adams spent his wedding night on the operating table. He went under the knife at 11 p.m. and came out of surgery at 7 the next morning with two new lungs to go along with his new wife. The wedding on March 20 was not quite what Bobby and Ashley Adams had planned. Bobby was too weak to lift his head, much less get out of the intensive care unit bed at Temple University Hospital. He had more pipes in him than the Wanamaker organ, including a feeding tube taped to his nose that didn't enhance the wedding photos, and a tracheostomy in his throat, allowing him only to mouth the words "I do. " The decision to wed was so last-minute that they used gummy rings as wedding bands, and the bridesmaid, Ashley's best friend, provided music from her iPhone - Gareth Bush covering the Paramore song "Still Into You" - as the bride processed into the room.
January 10, 2015 |
The annual scourge known as the flu is always a serious health threat, and this season's version is particularly nasty. Not yet at its peak, the 2014-15 influenza season has already killed at least 36 people in Pennsylvania and rendered nearly 20,000 others into aching, feverish wretches, gasping for breath. The incidence of flu was high in Central and Northern New Jersey and moderate in the southern counties during the first week of January, the New Jersey Department of Health reported.
October 12, 2014 |
Evan's family looked on distraughtly as he lay in the intensive care unit, connected to a ventilator with a sea of tubes enveloping him. This was the third time the previously healthy sophomore had had to be hospitalized for sudden difficulty with breathing. Active on his college's basketball team, Evan began having problems three months earlier, when he lost consciousness and had a seizure on the basketball court. When he was rushed to the hospital, his lungs were found to be full of fluid, and his blood pressure was sky-high: 230/130.
August 7, 2014 |
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was in stable condition in a Finland hospital after blood clots were found in both of his lungs and his right calf, general manager Ron Hextall said Tuesday. Hextall said the team believes it could be a "long-term situation. " He said Timonen, 39, would be discharged from the hospital Wednesday but cannot travel for two to three weeks. The 15-year NHL veteran then will be evaluated by the team's medical staff, which has been in contact with the player's Finnish doctors, Hextall said.
May 21, 2014 |
They are the equine equivalent of those flexible strips that people wear on their noses to prevent snoring. With racehorses, the goal is to prevent bleeding in the lungs, ultimately allowing the animals to run faster. But do nasal strips work? Racing officials agreed Monday to allow the strips on horses competing in the Belmont Stakes on June 7 - including California Chrome, who wore the strips while winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Yet the announcement was accompanied by a statement from a state veterinarian that the strips "do not enhance equine performance.
May 18, 2014 |
A 20-year-old woman, who was overweight but otherwise healthy, started feeling an odd, dull pain in her chest. She hoped that if she put up with it for a few days, it might go away. But it didn't. So she went to see her family doctor, who immediately sent her to a cardiologist. She was given a stress test to see if exercise caused any changes in blood flow to her heart. The doctor also ordered an echocardiogram, which sends sound waves to the heart to measure the movement of the valves and heart muscle.