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.

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.

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.

Could Bacteria Play a Role in Colon Cancer?

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dense bunches of bacteria called biofilms can be found on most colon polyps and cancers, a new study finds.

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.

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.

Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of cancer treatment can cause financial stress that threatens patients' well-being, a new study finds.

Health Highlights: Dec. 19, 2014

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

Older Cars a Bad Choice for Younger Drivers

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research warns parents that buying an older car for their teens may put their young lives at risk.

Health Tip: Bake a Healthier Holiday Treat

(HealthDay News) -- Baking holiday goodies doesn't have to include loads of butter and sugar.