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  • Thromboembolism Risk Doubled in Cancer PatientsCancer patients are twice as likely as other patients to have an arterial thromboembolic event in the 6 months after diagnosis, although the increased risk disappears at 1 year, say US researchers.
  • Nationwide Recalls From Two Compounding PharmaciesThe products in question, made by Bella Pharmaceuticals and Vital Rx, were recalled voluntarily after the FDA identified manufacturing problems in recent inspections.
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