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Potential syringe failures; Senate takes on prescription drug shortages; positive attitude may reduce dementia risk – Morning Medical Update


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FDA examines potential syringe failures

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published a Safety Communication warning of potential device failures in plastic syringes made in China. “We are concerned that certain syringes manufactured in China may not provide consistent and adequate quality or performance,” the announcement said.

Senators ponder drug shortage causes

The U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee will convene a hearing today, “Drug Shortages: Examining Supply Challenges, Impacts, and Policy Solutions from a Federal Health Program Perspective,” the latest examination of market conditions by federal lawmakers. At least one physician is scheduled to testify, according to the advance agenda.

A positive outlook may lower dementia risk

Researchers have found people with the personality traits conscientiousness and extraversion might have a lower risk of developing dementia, while people with higher neuroticism and negativity had a higher risk. A researcher said people who are more conscientious may be more willing to follow healthy behaviors, leading to longer term health.

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