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Four mammogram myths debunked

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For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're debunking four common mammogram myths.

Mammograms are low-dose X-ray pictures of the breast. Because mammography can detect breast cancer tumors before they can be felt, screening is very important for early detection. And early breast cancer detection has been linked to higher chances of survival. Speak with your doctor about how often you should be screened for breast cancer. For more information on performing a breast self-exam and detecting breast changes, check out Detecting Breast Cancer Early.

E-Cigs remain under investigation

FDA continues to warn consumers of potential risks of vaping

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Health officials continue to investigate e-cigarettes as the number of reported respiratory problems tied to vaping continues to rise.

Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about a possible risk of respiratory issues tied to e-cig products. At the end of August, the FDA stated that 25 states had reported 215 possible cases of such issues.

The FDA said it is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government partners to investigate recent severe lung injuries and deaths tied to vaping.

New diabetes medication gets green light

FDA approves Rybelsus (semaglutide) to treat type 2 diabetes

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new diabetes medication.

This new approval is found under the names Rybelsus (brand name) and semaglutide (active ingredient). The FDA approved semaglutide to treat adults with type 2 diabetes in combination with diet and exercise.

This new drug is available in tablet form and is to be taken once a day. It is to be taken at least 30 minutes before you consume any food, beverage or other medication for the day. Rybelsus needs to be taken with no more than 4 ounces of plain water.

First pre-measured low blood sugar treatment approved

FDA approves pre-measured Gvoke (glucagon) to treat severe low blood sugar

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Treating severe low blood sugar doesn't have to be complex and overwhelming. And a newly approved treatment may make things even easier.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gvoke (glucagon) to be used in emergency instances of severe low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This new approval, intended for those over the age of 2 who have diabetes, includes the following:

Heartburn Medication Warning: What You Need to Know

FDA warns of possible cancer-causing impurity in some ranitidine medicines

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You may need to check your medicine cabinet for this acid reflux medication.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has discovered that some medications used for acid reflux contain low levels of a possible cancer-causing impurity.

These medications are found under the names ranitidine (active ingredient) and Zantac (brand). These drugs are available over the counter and via prescription.

Medical myths busted

Don't fall for these three health misconceptions

Grandma might have told you that you'll catch a cold if you go outside with wet hair. Even if you didn't buy into that old wives’ tale, there are plenty of other health myths out there that seem true — but aren't.

Read on for some more medical hoaxes that have duped many.

1) Myth: Changes in the Weather Can Cause Colds