Opdivo Approved for Advanced Melanoma

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Opdivo (nivolumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced melanoma skin cancer that has either spread or can't be treated with surgery, the agency said Monday.

Americans Buying Fewer Sugary, Pre-Packaged Desserts

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are buying fewer pre-packaged baked goods, such as pies, cakes and cookies, new research shows.

Antiviral Combination Approved for Hepatitis C

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Viekira Pak, a combination of four antiviral drugs -- ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir and dasabuvir -- has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat hepatitis C infection, including a major complication, cirrhosis of the liver.

Rapivab Approved to Help Treat Flu

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Rapivab (peramivir) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat influenza.

Combination Antibiotic Zerbaxa Approved

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The combination antibiotic Zerbaxa (ceftolozane/tazobactam) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with complicated abdominal infections and complicated urinary tract infections.

Lynparza Approved for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lynparza (olaparib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes, the agency said Friday in a news release.

FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced ovarian cancer, along with a test to identify patients eligible to receive the drug.

System Approved to Remove Germs From Blood Platelets

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new system designed to remove viruses, bacteria and other germs from donated blood platelets was approved Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market Herbs

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially illness-causing E. coli bacteria were found on nearly one-quarter of herbs bought at farmers markets, according to a new study.

CDC Warns of Listeria Danger From Caramel Apples

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. and state health officials are investigating a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples that has killed at least four people and sickened 28 others in 10 states.