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FDA Approves First Fecal Microbiota Product
FDA approves the first fecal microbiota product, Rebyota. Rebyota is approved for the prevention of recurrence of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) in individuals 18 years of age and older. It is for used after an individual has completed antibiotic treatment for recurrent CDI.

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FDA Approves First Gene Therapy to Treat Adults with Hemophilia B
FDA approves Hemgenix, an adeno-associated virus vector-based gene therapy indicated for treatment of adults with Hemophilia B (congenital Factor IX deficiency)

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FDA Roundup: November 18, 2022
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FDA Approves First Drug That Can Delay Onset of Type 1 Diabetes
Today, the FDA approved a new drug to delay the onset of stage 3 type 1 diabetes in adults and children 8 years and older who currently have stage 2 type 1 diabetes.

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FDA Warns Seven Companies for Selling Dietary Supplements with Claims to Treat Cardiovascular Disease
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to seven companies for selling dietary supplements claiming to cure, treat, mitigate, or prevent cardiovascular disease or related conditions.

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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 5, 2022 is:

abdicate • \AB-dih-kayt\  • verb

To abdicate is to renounce or relinquish a position of usually sovereign power. It can also mean “to cast off; discard.”

// The king was forced to abdicate after long-standing controversy.

// She abdicated her position in response to the allegations.

// There can be serious repercussions when someone abdicates their responsibilities.

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“American literature is peopled with runaways—those brave, brazen, or simply compromised enough to abdicate their responsibilities and take to the road.” — The New Yorker, 4 July 2022

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Give it up for abdicate, a word powerful enough to undo a coronation. If you need a term to describe formally throwing in the towel, this one should prove—perhaps ironically—a royal success. Coming from the prefix ab- (meaning “from,” “away,” or “off”) and the Latin verb dīcere (meaning “to speak”), abdicate is used primarily for those who give up sovereign power or who evade a very serious responsibility. English has dīcere to thank for a hodgepodge of other words, among them dictate, contradict, prediction, and the crown jewel of them all: dictionary.

Mon, 05 Dec 2022 00:00:01 -0500


Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 4, 2022 is:

celerity • \suh-LAIR-uh-tee\  • noun

Celerity is a formal word that means “swiftness of motion or action.”

// When the developers’ intentions became clear, the community came together with celerity to preserve the town’s beloved wetlands for future generations.

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“[Researchers] employed ultrafast laser pulses, hitting the electrons with light for as little as a trillionth of a second. Electrons in solids tend to bump into atoms instead of moving uninterrupted, so being able to control them with such celerity was crucial for the team ...” — Karmela Padavic-Callaghan, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2021

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Celerity hasn’t acted with much expressive celerity since its entry into English in the 1400s: it refers now as it did centuries ago to swiftness of motion or action. Its source (by way of Middle French) is the Latin adjective celer (“swift” or “speedy”), a word from which we also get accelerate, and there is some evidence of a trace of equine celerity in its deeper history: celer may go back to an Indo-European word that is the ultimate source of a Greek word meaning “swift horse” or “charger.” We know what you're thinking: whoa.

Sun, 04 Dec 2022 00:00:01 -0500


Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 3, 2022 is:

perceptible • \per-SEP-tuh-bul\  • adjective

Perceptible means “able to be seen or noticed.”

// There was a perceptible change in the audience's mood during the scary parts of the otherwise-comedic movie.

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“On Friday, in a bizarre act that immediately went viral, two climate activists covered a 130-ish-year-old Vincent Van Gogh painting with tomato soup at the National Gallery in London. ... Video shows that the orange soup did not seep into the yellow painting but rather rolled and dripped down the front, a barely perceptible layer clearly separating it from the art. The work reportedly suffered no damage, except to its frame.” — Caroline Mimbs Nyce, The Atlantic, 17 Oct. 2022

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See here: if something is perceptible, you can perceive it (“to notice or become aware of”) or capture it with your senses. Those who are linguistically perceptive may wonder if perceptible comes to us from Latin. It does indeed. Arriving in English by way of Late Latin perceptibilis, perceptible comes from a form of percipere (“to perceive”), which comes from Latin capere (“to take”) and the prefix per- (“thoroughly”). Perceptible shares the capere part of its ancestry with a number of other English words related to seizing or being seized, including capture, captor, captivate, and even catch. An even closer relation of perceptible is perceptive: while perceptible describes what can be perceived, perceptive describes the one who does the perceiving. Perceptive was formed in English from perception, which is also from percipere.

Sat, 03 Dec 2022 00:00:01 -0500


Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 2, 2022 is:

gloaming • \GLOH-ming\  • noun

Gloaming is a literary term synonymous with twilight and dusk, the darker part of twilight. It's used most commonly in the noun phrase the gloaming.

// Across the field, fireflies twinkled in the gloaming.

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“There were sourdough waffles to start the day and tuna sandwiches for lunch, a few hours of everyone reading novels in separate corners before a long solitary walk in the gloaming, accompanied by gloved waves across generally empty streets.” — Sam Sifton, The New York Times, 30 Mar. 2020

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If The Gloaming were a Stephen King thriller, the climax would undoubtedly take place at the crepuscular hour. But despite its ties to darkness, the origins of gloaming are less than shadowy. Originally used in Scottish dialects of English, the word traces back to the Old English glōm, meaning “twilight,” which shares an ancestor with the Old English glōwan, meaning “to glow.” In the early 1800s, English speakers looked to Scotland again and borrowed the now-archaic verb gloam, meaning “to become dusk” or “to grow dark.”

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 00:00:01 -0500


Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 1, 2022 is:

sandbag • \SAND-bag\  • verb

When used figuratively, sandbag usually means “to hit or stun as if with a sandbag,” “to criticize or treat unfairly” or “to hide one’s true abilities or purpose in order to deceive people, gain an advantage, etc.”

// She felt sandbagged by some of the feedback in the writing workshop, but resolved to take what was useful and ignore the rest.

// He claimed he was playing badly because of an injury, but I think he was sandbagging us.

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“While tentpoles resuscitated moviegoing this past summer with pics like ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ it’s true that the more adult-skewing fare is having a much harder time now. Nowhere was this more true than with David O. Russell’s ‘Amsterdam,’ which rivals believed had a shot at opening to $12M-$15M this past weekend. ... What should have been an awards-season play with its originality quickly was sandbagged by critics at 34% on Rotten Tomatoes.” — Anthony D’Alessandro, Deadline, 10 Oct. 2022

Did you know?

How much nuance is there in a bag of sand? Here’s the nitty-gritty: when sandbag was first established as a verb in the 1800s, it meant (quite understandably) “to bank, stop up, or weight with sandbags,” but since then it has taken on several figurative meanings, some more obvious than others. First came the simple (and decidedly unfriendly in application) metaphorical extension: “to hit or stun as if with a sandbag.” Less literal uses followed, including “to treat unfairly or harshly” and “to coerce by crude means.” By the mid-20th century, sandbag was being used by poker players to describe the act of pretending a strong hand is actually weak, in order to draw other players into raising the bet. This use of sandbag has since evolved to refer to a general strategy of misrepresenting one’s intentions or abilities in order to gain some sort of advantage.

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 00:00:01 -0500
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The story of how MJoTA started, and its early days, was published by University of the Sciences in Philadelphia periodical in the summer of 2007, just before my first trip to Nigeria to gather stories and images. To download the story, click here.

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