June 8, 2013

Stone Age Bone Tumor Found

1 Cancer Is 115,000 Years Older Than We Knew

Evidence of cancerous tumors, heretofore not found in human remains more than 4,000 years old, have been discovered in a Neanderthal specimen more than 120,000 years old. The tumor, an abnormal growth known as fibrous dysplasia found in a rib, is comparable to one of the most common types of bone tumor found in modern humans, and the find is significant because of the many factors now associated with cancer that did not exist in early prehistory, ranging from pesticides and toxic waste to tobacco smoking and smog. Also of significance was the fact that Neanderthals only lived about half as long as humans today, meaning that cancer, which now tends to effect people in their later years, may have been far more common among those who generally didn't live to have any "later" years.

More at Wtsp.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Cancer, History of Cancer, Prehistoric Cancer, How Old Is Cancer, Neanderthals and Cancer, Prehistoric Diseases

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Same Drug As in MAssachusetts

2 Drugs from TN Specialty Pharmacy Contaminated

Testing of drug vials taken from Main Street Family Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy in Tennessee has shown bacterial and fungal contamination. Reports of skin abscesses in individuals in North Carolina and Illinois who received injections of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate prompted the investigation. No cases of meningitis have been reported like those linked to the same drug made at Massachusetts compounding pharmacy last year. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers of Disease Control are working together to determine the species of fungi and bacteria. The pharmacy’s license was put on a three-year probation and they were fined $25,600. Compounding pharmacies make special and personalized drug formulations in small batches and are regulated by the states where they reside.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 4 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Florida Compounding Pharmacy Stops Production

Tags: Bacterial Contamination, Centers for Disease Control, Compounding Pharmacies, Food and Drug Administration, Fungal Contamination, Specialty Pharmacy, Main Street Family Pharmacy, Methylprednisolone Acetate

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