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| Updated on May 05, 2018

Go easy on the glass

Less alcohol better for health?

Recommended alcohol limits in many countries should be lowered to around 100g/week for men and women, according to an analysis of data from nearly 600,000 current drinkers in 19 countries, published in The Lancet. A note from the journal said, 100 g/week is equivalent to 5-6 standard UK glasses of wine or pints of beer per week or 12.5 units. Recommended limits in Italy, Portugal, and Spain are almost 50 per cent higher than this, and in the US, the upper limit for men is nearly double this (196 g/week or 11 glasses; 98 g/week for women).

big breakthrough

Therapy for rare form of rickets

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Crysvita (burosumab-twza), the first drug approved to treat adults and children aged one year and older with x-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH), a rare, inherited form of rickets. “XLH differs from other forms of rickets in that vitamin D therapy is not effective,” stated Julie Beitz, Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “This is a real breakthrough for those living with this serious disease.”

Vaccine Watch

EMA releases revised guidelines

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a revised guideline on the clinical evaluation of vaccines for a six-month public consultation. Stakeholders are invited to send their comments by October 30, 2018, to the agency, an EMA note said.

The updated guideline introduces additional safeguards for EU citizens and ensures that the evaluation is in line with the most up-to-date scientific knowledge.

Published on May 05, 2018

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