Health Highlights: Nov. 11, 2015

Health Highlights: Nov. 11, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Jimmy Carter Shows No Signs of Cancer Growth After Treatment

Former President Jimmy Carter says he is responding well to cancer treatment and his doctors have found no signs of tumor growth.

Carter, 91, announced in August that he had cancer, including tumors in his brain. He underwent treatment with radiation and a new immune-based drug that helps the body find and destroy cancer cells.

On Tuesday, Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo told the Associated Press that, following treatment, physicians have not found evidence of new tumors. Tests will continue, she said.


New Tobacco Products First to be Approved After FDA Review

Some new tobacco products are the first to be approved after a formal review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The agency gave the go-ahead for the sale of eight Swedish Match snus products, which are teabag-like pouches of tobacco, the Associated Press reported.

The FDA stressed that the decision on the products “does not mean that they are safe or FDA approved,” the AP said.

Swedish Match and a number of other companies already sell the smokeless tobacco products in the United States, but these revamped products are the first to go through an FDA review process authorized more than five years ago.

A 2009 law gave the FDA authority to assess tobacco products for their health risk and approve those that don’t pose a new or significant health risk, the AP reported.

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