NCHR’s Testimony to FDA’s Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee Regarding Reclassification of Devices

September 8, 2020. Thank you for the opportunity to speak today on behalf of the National Center for Health Research. I am Dr. Meg Seymour, a senior fellow at the center. Our center analyzes scientific and medical data to provide objective health information to patients, health professionals, and policy makers. We do not accept funding […]

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Postpartum Depression: Brexanolone and Other Treatments

Postpartum Depression (PPD) affects between 10-15% of new mothers. PPD causes mothers to suffer from a long-lasting depression that, if severe, can put both the mother and the child in danger. Though PPD is common, available antidepressants are not guaranteed to help. A new treatment, brexanolone, offers hope for some mothers but also has severe side effects.

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Lyme Disease: The Signs and Symptoms You Need to Know

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by ticks. Lyme disease infects approximately 300,000 people in the United States each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, some experts believe that the number is much higher since only 30% of patients develop the bull’s-eye rash that is the well-known early sign of the disease. While most patients recover from Lyme disease with a course of antibiotics, some experience persistent symptoms. Researchers are unsure of why some patients do not fully recover from Lyme disease, making it difficult to treat.

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