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Mental health startup Cerebral will no longer offer new prescriptions for Adderall and Xanax. The company is under investigation by federal agencies over its practices. Nurses say they were pressured to prescribe drugs. Mental health startup Cerebral will no longer prescribe most controlled substances, The Wall Street Journal reported. The embattled company is facing investigations from the US Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration over its

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How fears of electromagnetic radiation spawned a snake-oil industry

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a disputed condition where people attribute physical symptoms to radiation. People who believe they have it are targeted by companies selling devices that claim to block the waves. $(".c-entry-hero__image").html('.vrg-video-lede {max-width: 1000;margin: 16px auto;} .vrg-label {height: 1px;width: 1px;overflow: hidden;position: absolute;} .vrg-inner-container {position: relative;padding-bottom:66.66667%;overflow: hidden;}

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Google hires former FDA digital health leader

Bakul Patel was a digital health leader at the FDA and will now lead Google’s health strategy. There’s a new revolving door between Google, Alphabet, and regulatory agencies. Google hired a former Food and Drug Administration leader as its new senior director of global digital health strategy. Bakul Patel spent over a decade at the FDA and most recently was the chief digital health officer of global strategy and

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FDA: fluvoxamine doesn’t treat COVID-19 — and here’s 27 pages why

The FDA released a document with information about its decision to not authorize fluvoxamine to treat COVID-19. It’s unusual for the agency to publicize its reasoning for rejecting a drug. When the US Food and Drug Administration rejected an antidepressant as a treatment for COVID-19 on Monday, it also released a 27-page memorandum explaining exactly why it wasn’t convinced the drug was effective. It’s an unusual move for the

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SIDS study shows the risks of science hype

New research hints at a potential relationship between an enzyme and sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, but the study is preliminary and doesn’t give a clear-cut answer to the problem. Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is a devastating condition that’s still very poorly understood, so when new research comes out, it can feel like a very big deal — especially if that research seems to offer a way to save children’s

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Google relaxes ban on stem cell therapy ads

Google is relaxing its ban on ads for stem cell therapies and will allow ads from companies that have FDA approval. Stem cell treatments are often promoted by experimental clinics and can be dangerous. Google will allow ads for stem cell treatments that are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration — a change from its previous policy, which banned all ads for this experimental category of medical care. The policy update was first reported

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Telehealth startup Cerebral under investigation over prescriptions for controlled substances

The DOJ issued a subpoena for documents related to Cerebral’s practices prescribing controlled substances like Adderall and Ritalin that treat ADHD. The company has been under scrutiny for its distribution of the drugs. Mental health startup Cerebral is under investigation by the US Department of Justice over its prescribing of controlled substances like Adderall and Xanax. The company received a grand jury subpoena asking for documents from the US Attorney for the

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A pig virus may have contributed to the death of first pig heart transplant patient

The first patient receiving a heart transplant with a pig heart might have died because the heart was infected with a virus, not because his body rejected the organ. The heart was supposed to be virus-free. A preventable infection by a porcine virus might have contributed to the death of the first patient to have a heart transplant with a pig organ, MIT Technology Review reported this week. David Bennett Sr, who had severe heart disease, received a

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Cycle-tracking apps stand behind their privacy policies as Roe teeters

The leaked Supreme Court opinion indicating that the court will overturn Roe v. Wade raised concerns that data from period tracking apps could be used against people suspected of having an abortion. Apps like Clue, Flo, and Glow don’t say they’ll change policies. Fertility and cycle tracking apps are widely used and can be useful tools that help people monitor their health. But reports regularly show that, like other health apps, they fall short when it comes to protecting user privacy. That shortfall is

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Google’s finally straightening out its legacy free G-Suite mess

It seems like Google has finally arrived at a solution for legacy free G-Suite users who weren’t terribly excited about having to pay to keep their accounts. Almost five months after Google announced that it was going to make G-Suite legacy free edition users start paying for their accounts, it seems to finally have a path in place that most people will be happy with. According to 9To5Google, there’s

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Netflix has been screening new shows and movies among subscribers before their release

Netflix has been showing movies and TV shows ahead of their public release to small groups of subscribers in the US, according to a report from Variety. The company takes feedback into account for potential changes ahead of a film or show’s debut. Netflix has been showing movies and TV shows ahead of their public release to small groups of subscribers in the US, according to a report from Variety. Subscribers who participate in the feedback panels will watch “several upcoming movies and

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