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Welcome to the Go Ask Alice! Health in the News section!  We hope you will stay awhile.

To help you stay connected to the latest research findings and breakthroughs in the field of health, the health promotion specialists at Alice! will be posting relevant and timely news stories to this section.  Browse the page to stay current on health developments or click the links to find out more.  Alice! will be sure to keep you posted! Please come back often.

Date: March, 6 2015 — Research Suggests Living Life with Purpose May Increase Heart Health

Dr. Randy Cohen, of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, conducted a review study involving more than 137,000 research participants. The general consensuses of the findings show that positive feelings are associated with overall health. The research suggests that living life with a “sense of purpose” is associated with a lower risk of death, heart attack and stroke. He explains that that this purpose gives humans a sense of feeling that life is worth living and has been defined as a sense of meaning and direction in one's life.

Date: March 6, 2015FDA Approves New Drug Treatment: Biosimilars

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), the first biosimilar product. Zarxio is a medication used to boost the production of white blood cells and helps ward off infection in patients receiving chemotherapy. Biosimilars are derived from biologics (biological products), which are medicines that come from living organisms such as humans, animals, yeast, and bacteria, making them different than chemically synthesized drugs. The FDA predicts that biosimilars will change the medical marketplace by potentially providing an equally safe and effective treatment as traditional drugs, but at a cheaper price.

Date: March 4, 2015 — Affordable Care Act Under Review by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is currently reviewing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, also known as Obamacare. Opponents of the law will argue whether or not the government is authorized to provide federal subsidies for health insurance to citizens. Thirty-four states will potentially be affected since they have not yet established their health exchanges.

Date: March 2, 2015 — New Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Targets More HPV Strains

A newly released human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil 9, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December, targets nine different forms of HPV. The current Gardasil vaccine only covers four strains. Gardasil 9 will prevent cervical, vulvar, and vaginal diseases and cancers associated with HPV-6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) confirmed the vaccines’ viability.