FDA Bans Candy- and Fruit-Flavored Cigarettes
The FDA announced today that, effective immediately, cigarettes with certain flavors such as candy, fruit, and clove are now illegal in the United States. Flavored cigarettes are a gateway for many young people to become regular smokers, the agency said, and the ban, authorized by the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, aims to reduce the number of children who start smoking.
Women with advanced ovarian cancer lived longer and without their tumors growing after receiving a modified regimen of a standard chemotherapy drug combination, Japanese researchers reported last week. In a large phase III clinical trial, women who received carboplatin every 3 weeks and a reduced dose of paclitaxel (Taxol) once a week for 3 weeks instead of carboplatin and a higher single dose of paclitaxel every 3 weeks had a 29 percent improvement in progression-free survival and a 25 percent improvement in overall survival after 3 years of follow-up. The results were published online September 18 in The Lancet. Read more > >
As the fiscal year draws to a close September 30, a number of offices around NCI become especially busy places. Members of our staff who supervise budget issues, grant funding, program management, and contract administration put in long hours, making sure every dollar is appropriately allocated. In 2009, end-of-year responsibilities are even greater, as NCI also works to distribute $1.26 billion it received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Read more > >
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