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Cholesterol-Lowering Vaccine May Help Prevent Heart Attacks

In mice study, an experimental vaccine that lowers cholesterol led to less narrowing of the arteries and reduced markers of blood inflammation. What makes the vaccine different from currently available medications for decreasing cholesterol levels?

Medicine June 20, 2017

AstraZeneca's Lynparza Could Be Transformed Into Precision Medicine For Prostate Cancer

Following the development of a three-in-one blood test, AstraZeneca's drug Lynparza could be transformed into precision medicine for prostate cancer, experts said. Doing so could have a major impact in the treatment of prostate cancer patients.

Medicine June 20, 2017

Acupuncture May Ease Pain In ER Patients: Study

Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medical procedure, has been shown to be an effective alternative to painkillers. It could soon be used to provide long-term relief for patients suffering from considerable pain.

Medicine June 20, 2017

New Blood Test May Pave Way To Precision Treatment For Prostate Cancer

A three-in-one blood test can change the way advanced prostate cancer is treated and pave way for precision medicine for cancer. The blood test can even improve survival of patients, so here's how it works.

Medicine June 19, 2017

Arguments Against California's Right-To-Die Law For The Terminally Ill Will Proceed

A California judge allowed legal arguments to proceed against California’s End of Life Option Act. The act that allows terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs has been in effect for a little over a year.

Medicine June 17, 2017

Man Wins $870,000 In Malpractice Lawsuit After Doctor Removes Wrong Testicle

A man from Pennsylvania is awarded a total of $870,000 after his doctor removed the wrong testicle. The rare case of medical malpractice in the community shows the importance of competent care even in smaller counties.

Medicine June 16, 2017

Cheaper EpiPen Alternative Symjepi Gets FDA Approval

Epipen has a new rival as a low-cost alternative to Mylan's epinephrine autoinjector has been approved. Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp.'s Symjepi will be sold at less than the price of generic EpiPens.

Medicine June 17, 2017

ISS Scientists Begin Tests On Cancer Treatment Drug

Scientists aboard the ISS have started investigations on an antibody drug for cancer treatment. Microgravity will play a major role in advancing the cancer research.

Medicine June 16, 2017

Taking Aspirin Daily May Be Deadly For Elderly: Study

Long-term daily intake of aspirin may lead to internal bleeding for elderly patients aged 75 and above, a new study suggests. Researchers recommend prescribing proton pump inhibitors to offset the negative side effect.

Medicine June 14, 2017

J&J Drug May Reduce Heart Events In Diabetes Patients But Doubles Risk For Toe, Lower Foot Amputations

Invokana can significantly reduce heart events in type 2 diabetes patients but doubles risk for toe and lower foot amputations. How does Johnson & Johnson's Invokana fare compared with rival drug Jardiance?

Medicine June 13, 2017

How BCG Vaccine Works To Stimulate The Reversal Of Type-1 Diabetes

Researchers present evidence that repeated administration of BCG vaccine can reverse Type-1 diabetes. Phase II of clinical trials to prevent and treat advanced diabetes is underway.

Medicine June 11, 2017

FDA Requests Removal Of Endo Pharmaceuticals' Opioid Pain Medication: Here's Why

The FDA requested Endo Pharmaceuticals to voluntary remove its pain management drug Opana ER. The agency requested the drug’s withdrawal from the market for fear of opioid abuse.

Medicine June 9, 2017

Chemical That Mimics Sunlight To Give Suntan May Prevent Skin Cancer And Slow Down Aging

A new chemical that can produce suntan without the damaging effects of UV radiation may be used along with sunscreen. Here's how it works for better protection against skin cancer and aging.

Medicine June 14, 2017

Roche’s Breast Cancer Combo Therapy Offers Tiny Benefit In Large Drug Trial – And It’s A Pricey Drug

Roche’s new combination therapy achieved modest positive results compared with the company’s standard Herceptin treatment. The combo therapy targets an aggressive form of breast cancer called HER2-positive, and involves adding Perjeta to the existent Herceptin plus chemo treatment.

Medicine June 6, 2017

Gene-Based Therapy That Reprograms Immune Cells Offers Hope For Multiple Myeloma Cure

CAR T-cell therapy had some multiple myeloma patients see significant reduction in their cancer and even enter full remission. How does this gene-based therapy work and what are its side effects?

Medicine June 6, 2017

Contaminated Measles Vaccine Kills 15 Children In South Sudan

Health workers who vaccinated children in South Sudan against measles reused the same unsterilized syringe 15 times. The investigation also revealed they committed another blunder that cost the lives of more than a dozen children in the country.

Medicine June 3, 2017

More Than 500 California Patients Sought Life-Ending Prescriptions In 1st Year Of Law

Nearly a year after the California law on assisted suicide was passed, advocacy group Compassion and Choices estimated 504 persons opted for end-of-life prescriptions. Know the data and stories behind the controversial law.

Medicine June 2, 2017

Antibiotic Gets Supercharged To Stop Resistant Bacteria In Their Tracks

Scientists are structurally modifying vancomycin to make it more powerful in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Why it took a long time for vancomycin-resistant enterococci to strike offers clues on the antibiotic's potential.

Medicine May 30, 2017

Researchers Discover The Proteins Responsible For Cancer Metastasis And How To Control Them

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University tracked down the signaling process that triggers the spread of cancers and found two existing drugs that can inhibit metastasis.

Medicine May 27, 2017

Can A 100-Year-Old Drug Help People Suffering With Autism?

New clinical trials indicated that a 100-year-old drug may be the answer to treating the autism spectrum disorder. During the trials, ASD patients showed significant improvement in symptoms after the drug's administration.

Medicine May 28, 2017

Marijuana Extract Stops Seizures In Some Kids With Severe Epilepsy: Here Are Other Illnesses That Can Be Treated By Medicinal Cannabis

Latest study shows evidence of positive results from medicinal cannabis use among patients with a rare and severe form of epilepsy. What are some of the other conditions that marijuana has proven capable of treating?

Medicine May 26, 2017

Cannabidiol From Marijuana Reduces Seizures In Kids With Rare Epilepsy

A compound present in marijuana was shown effective in treating children with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. What are the side effects of the treatment?

Medicine May 25, 2017

In A First, FDA OKs Cancer Treatment For Tumors With Specific Genetic Feature

Keytruda, Merck's immunotherapy drug, now enjoys FDA drug approval. In a bold move, the agency OK'd the drug based on specific genetic features, not where the tumor originally appeared in the body.

Medicine May 24, 2017

Try Not To Cry: On Mother’s Day, Iowa Woman Meets Transplant Patient Who Received Her Late Son’s Heart

On Mother’s Day, Anna Hutt, a mother who lost her teenage son in 2014, meets Gary Flint, the man who had a second chance to live thanks to her son's heart. Learn about this touching organ donation story.

Medicine May 15, 2017

Medication May Slash Risk Of Car Crashes Among Drivers With ADHD

Car accidents occurred at drastically lower rates among drivers with ADHD taking their prescribed medications than those who aren't, a new study has found. Learn more about this potential benefit of taking ADHD medications religiously, especially for safe driving.

Medicine May 11, 2017

Cannabis May Reverse Aging Process In Brain: Here Are 5 Other Health Benefits Of Marijuana

Medicinal marijuana has been legalized in 29 U.S. states because of its numerous health benefits. Researchers have studied the active ingredients in the cannabis plant and found it can ease a variety of ailments, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Medicine May 10, 2017

Painkillers Up Risk Of Heart Attack, But Here's Why Your Doctor Will Not Stop You From Taking Them

A new study links routine use of common over-the-counter painkillers to an increased risk of heart attack. Read more about the dangers of NSAIDs and the association made between these NSAIDs and heart attack.

Medicine May 10, 2017

Medication Error Causes Woman's Skin To Burn From Inside

A 26-year-old woman's skin melted off after she was given an incorrect dosage of the prescription drug Lamictal. The woman suffered from Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a rare skin disorder as a result.

Medicine May 10, 2017

Antidote Narcan Comes To The Rescue Of Pennsylvania Girl Who Overdosed On Heroin

An 11-year old girl was revived with Narcan after having overdosed on heroin. The sixth grader's room was searched and police officials recovered several stamp bags of the drug, one of which was opened.

Medicine May 9, 2017

EpiPens May Still Work More Than 4 Years After Expiration Date: Study

EpiPens may still have 84 percent of stated concentration of epinephrine more than four years after the stamped expiration date. Are experts willing to use expired auto-injector for allergic reactions?

Medicine May 9, 2017

Is Lou Gehrig's Disease Finally Curable? FDA Approves New ALS Treatment

FDA has approved a new ALS treatment for thousands of Americans suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. How is it different from the older drug riluzole, which extends survival in patients?

Medicine May 7, 2017

FDA Approves New ALS Treatment Drug After 20 Years

The FDA approves an intravenous drug for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) more than 20 years after the first drug was approved. The drug’s price will be steep in the United States.

Medicine May 6, 2017

Limited Interaction With Pharma Reps Could Be Leading Doctors To Prescribe More Generic Drugs

Restrictions governing pharmaceutical companies' practice of 'detailing' have translated to reduced brand-name prescriptions, according to a new study. This means keeping med reps away from doctors may lead to more generic drug prescriptions, too.

Medicine May 3, 2017

FDA Approves Rydapt For Treatment Of Acute Myeloid Leukemia In Adult Patients

The FDA approved the Novartis AG's Rydapt on April 28. The drug is targeted toward AML patients and the FDA lists it for $22,500 for an average 42-day treatment.

Medicine May 1, 2017

Removing Old Cells Could Prove Effective In Stopping Osteoarthritis

Researchers discover that removing senescent cells from joints reverses osteoarthritis and promotes cartilage growth in mice. The procedure could also benefit advanced osteoarthritis cases in humans.

Medicine April 30, 2017

FDA Approves New Second-Line Oral Treatment For ALK+ Lung Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the oral medication Alunbrig for the treatment of ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer. Find out more about the newly approved drug treatment.

Medicine April 29, 2017

BioMarin's Brineura Gets FDA Approval As First Treatment For Type Of Batten Disease

The FDA approved the first treatment for the rare genetic disorder CLN2 disease that typically affects young children. What are the side effects of the therapy, and how much does it cost per year?

Medicine April 28, 2017

FDA Approves New Drug For Treating Liver Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Stivarga as a second-line treatment for liver cancer. Stivarga is a drug from Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc., which is based in Germany.

Medicine April 28, 2017

House Delays Vote On Obamacare Repeal Bill: Here’s What Happened

The effort of Republicans to repeal the Obamacare with a new healthcare plan is eluding numbers within. The amendments are seeking the removal of many core provisions of the existing law with bigger a role for states.

Medicine April 28, 2017

‘Minibrain’ In A Dish: Will It Lend Insight Into The Origins Of Autism And Epilepsy?

Stanford scientists grew brain cells in a petri dish to show the 3D cluster formation in early forebrain development. Researchers watched live brain formation and concluded that genetic aberrations can impede the cluster formation and cause diseases such as autism.

Medicine April 27, 2017

Could This 3D-Printed Patch Heal A Damaged Heart?

Biomedical researchers have produced a novel 3D-bioprinted patch that could help renew scarred tissue and assist heart attack patients. Could this be the breakthrough that study of heart failure is waiting for?

Medicine April 24, 2017

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