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Common Painkiller Slows Growth Of Cancer: Study

A new study suggests that the common painkiller celecoxib can help slow down the growth of cancerous tumors in the body. This NSAID is designed to target an enzyme that is crucial to the survival and proliferation of cancer cells.

Medicine May 29, 2016

At 96 Years Old, Henry Heimlich Performs Maneuver For The First Time To Save Choking Woman

Anti-choking hero, Dr. Henry Heimlich performed the Heimlich maneuver for the first time this week at 96 years old. Every year, thousands of people die due to choking.

Medicine May 28, 2016

FDA Approves Monthly Zinbryta Injection For Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

The U.S. FDA approved the monthly use of Zinbryta injectables for patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis. The approval came after two successful clinical trials.

Medicine May 29, 2016

Financial Incentives Needed In Fight Against Superbugs

As the problem of antibiotic resistance in the U.S. escalates with the discovery of the superbug mcr-1 gene in the country, drug industry experts are calling for new financial incentives for antibiotic research and development.

Medicine May 28, 2016

Theranos Faces Lawsuit Alleging Consumer Fraud Over Blood Tests

Theranos is faced with another lawsuit claiming the company has committed consumer fraud. The complaint highlights the inaccuracy of Edison machines, which is one of the leading blood-testing devices from the company.

Medicine May 27, 2016

FDA OKs Probuphine Implant To Treat Opioid Dependence

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Probuphine as an opioid treatment alternative. The drug is the first implant form of buprenorphine.

Medicine May 27, 2016

Most Americans Unwilling To Join Clinical Trials

Despite the role of clinical trials in cancer research and advances in disease treatments, many Americans are not willing to enroll in one. A new survey reveals why.

Medicine May 25, 2016

France Tightens Rules After Fatal Clinical Drug Trial

French regional authorities will inspect medical centers across the country to ensure they meet the standards for clinical trials. This follows the aftermath of a clinical drug study that went horribly wrong in January wherein one participant died.

Medicine May 25, 2016

Utah Baby Born With Incomplete Skull Defies All Odds

A baby boy born in Utah was diagnosed in-utero to have encephalocele and has low chances of surviving. The baby survived, but is now diagnosed to have cutis aplasia.

Medicine May 25, 2016

1 in 4 Heart Attack Patients Face Threats Of Heart Failure Within Four Years

Improved treatments boost survival chances of first heart attack patients. Certain health conditions and risk factors, however, up their risks for heart failure.

Medicine May 25, 2016

Nearly Half Of Antidepressants Prescribed To Treat Pain, Anxiety And Insomnia

Antidepressants are being used under off-label purposes such as treating conditions that are not depression-related. Researchers in Canada have determined the extent of off-label prescribing.

Medicine May 25, 2016

Gas-Filled Balloon Pill May Be The Next Big Thing In Obesity Treatment

Gas-filled balloon pill may be the key to obesity treatment, a new study has found. The inflatable pill called Obalon has shown better weight loss outcomes than diet modifications and exercise alone.

Medicine May 24, 2016

Healthy Stool Transplant May Cure Ulcerative Colitis: Study

Ulcerative colitis affects thousands of Americans every year. New research suggests that transplanting healthy stool into patients with ulcerative colitis may help alleviate symptoms or even cure the disease.

Medicine May 24, 2016

Only 5 Percent Of Patients With Advanced Cancer Understand Their Prognosis

A new study highlighted the need for doctors to effectively communicate with their patients the status of their health, treatment process and term of prognosis. Patients, first and foremost, must have an active role in making decisions regarding their health.

Medicine May 24, 2016

More Than 1,100 Sign Up For Trial Of New HIV Drug In Australia

A clinical trial in Australia for the new HIV drug recruits over 1,100 participants. According to doctors, the PrEP drug called Truvada could help in significantly reducing the rates of infection.

Medicine May 24, 2016

This Is Why Ovarian Cancer Becomes Resistant To Chemotherapy

The reason why ovarian cancer develops resistance to chemotherapy has been identified by researchers. The discovery may pave the way for more effective treatments for the said cancer.

Medicine May 23, 2016

Diabetes Drug May Increase Risk For Leg And Foot Amputations: FDA

Results of an ongoing clinical trial show a potential danger of using Canagliflozin, which is sold under the brand names Invokana and Invokamet. The diabetes drug has been linked with increased risk for foot and leg amputations.

Medicine May 23, 2016

Patients With HIV Face Limited Access To Cancer Treatment

HIV-infected patients with concurrent cancers are not getting the necessary treatment for their malignancies. Researchers are calling for the creation of a national treatment guideline for HIV patients with cancer.

Medicine May 22, 2016

Tumor Location May Affect Survival Chances Of Colon Cancer Patients

Why do some colon cancer patients survive longer than the others? A new study found a link between the location of tumor and survival odds.

Medicine May 19, 2016

FDA Approves New Immunotherapy Medication For Blood, Bladder Cancers

The FDA approved on May 18 two new immunotherapy drugs, including atezolizumab for advanced bladder cancer. These medications are designed to boost the immune system's own ability to find and kill cancer cells.

Medicine May 19, 2016

Amgen Researchers Find Gene That May Reduce Heart Disease Risk

DeCODE genetics, an Amgen-owned company, claimed it has identified a new genetic variant involving the ASGR1 gene, a finding that can reduce heart disease risk by 35 percent.

Medicine May 19, 2016

Fatal Mix Of Drugs May Be Cause Of Prince's Death

Police suspect that a fatal mix of drugs may be the reason for singer Prince's death. Although the investigations are not yet finished, the authorities are particularly interested to see if combination medicines are present in his body.

Medicine May 19, 2016

Jimmy Carter's Immune Drug Keytruda Helps Cancer Patients Live Three Years Longer

Merck's Keytruda drug was shown in a new study to help about 40 percent of advanced melanoma patients stay alive for three more years. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter used the medication after he was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Medicine May 19, 2016

Medicine For Epilepsy, Pain Linked To High Risk Of Birth Defects When Taken During Pregnancy

A widely prescribed drug used to treat pain or epilepsy has been linked to an increased risk of birth defects. Researchers gathered data from hundreds of women in different countries.

Medicine May 19, 2016

Magic Mushroom Curbs Symptoms Of Depression: Could It Revolutionize Treatment?

A psychedelic substance found in magic mushrooms has been found to lift depression in volunteers. Could this drug revolutionize treatment?

Medicine May 18, 2016

Cancer Charities Express Concern Over Changes To Cancer Drugs Fund

Cancer charities in the UK are concerned about the impending changes in the Cancer Drugs Fund. The groups believe it would be much more difficult to get approval for innovative medicines from NICE.

Medicine May 18, 2016

Non-Narcotic Nerve Blocker Can Reduce Pain, Shorten Hospital Stays For Children

Pectus excavatum causes the breastbone to sink into the chest but it can be remedied with surgery. Using a non-narcotic nerve-blocking drug has been found to reduce pain effectively after the procedure and shorten hospital stays for children.

Medicine May 16, 2016

WHO Releases New Recommendation To Test, Treat Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

The WHO released on Thursday a speedier and more affordable treatment plan for curbing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which affects about 480,000 globally. The TB treatment could be completed in a year and costs less than $1,000 per patient.

Medicine May 15, 2016

Side Effects Of Common Antibiotics Outweigh Benefits In Some Infections

Antibiotic dependence and overuse are becoming huge problems, and the situation is getting worse. The FDA said the side effects of common antibiotics outweigh the benefits in some infections.

Medicine May 14, 2016

Prince Charles Uses Homeopathic Treatments For Farm Animals To Curb Dependence On Antibiotics

In the battle against antibiotic dependence, Prince Charles shared that he uses homeopathic treatments for his farm animals. Homeopathy theorizes that a disease can be treated by a substance that coaxes similar symptoms among healthy individuals.

Medicine May 13, 2016

Popular Club Drug Could Be Key To Fighting Depression, Suicidal Tendencies

Ketamine could hold the key to fighting suicidal attempts and depression in people. The drug is capable of triggering out-of-body experiences and hallucinations, which earned it the moniker 'club drug.'

Medicine May 12, 2016

Acetaminophen And Empathy: Popular Painkiller May Reduce Your Ability To Feel Pain Of Others

Pop a pill, lose your empathy. A study has found that taking a popular painkiller reduces your empathy. Acetaminophen is the most common ingredient in drugs found in the U.S. such as Tylenol.

Medicine May 11, 2016

Study Reveals How Popular Heartburn Drug May Harm Arteries

Proton pump inhibitors were linked to accelerated aging of blood vessel cells, which could pave the way for issues such as heart disease and stroke. How are these heartburn drugs potentially associated with adverse health effects?

Medicine May 10, 2016

Anesthetic Ketamine May Reduce Suicidal Thoughts In Depressed People

The anesthetic ketamine was shown to cut risk for self-harm in individuals with long-standing depression. Use of the drug was also associated with mild side effects that lasted only between one and two hours.

Medicine May 11, 2016

Switching To Generic Drugs Instead Of Brand Name Ones May Save Billions Of Health Care Dollars

Researchers found that inefficient giving of drug prescriptions cost patients millions of dollars. They recommend substituting generic drugs instead of branded drugs to reduce spending.

Medicine May 11, 2016

Monitoring Heart Rhythm With Smartphone App May Help Atrial Fibrillation Patients Take Blood-Thinning Drugs As Needed

Monitoring heart rhythm using a smartphone app may help atrial fibrillation patients limit daily blood-thinner intake. Positive clinical results were seen after 18 months.

Medicine May 8, 2016

New Antibody Therapy May Provide Long-Term HIV Treatment

Scientists are developing a new antibody-based drug therapy that may provide long-term control over HIV. A single dose of the therapy can help patients make better antibodies against the virus.

Medicine May 9, 2016

OxyContin 12-Hour Prescription May Have Helped Fuel America's Opioid Epidemic

A new report suggests Purdue Pharma contributed to America's opioid epidemic. How does the drugmaker's 12-hour dosing prescription for painkiller OxyContin drive addiction?

Medicine May 7, 2016

Skin-To-Eye Stem Cell Transplant Partially Restores Eyesight Of Woman With Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Japanese scientists successfully completed, for the first time, a skin-to-eye stem cell transplant to partially restore the vision of a 70-year-old woman with age-related macular degeneration. Researchers are now conducting further studies to include pluripotent stem cells in treatment of other degenerative diseases.

Medicine May 7, 2016

Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Statin May Protect People With Peripheral Artery Disease From Amputation

High doses of statin reduced risk of amputation in patients with peripheral artery disease by 33 percent. The cholesterol drug also lowered death risk by 29 percent.

Medicine May 6, 2016

Human-Derived Antibody Can Kill Cancer Cells Without Harming Healthy Cells

Human-derived antibodies can attack cancer cells without damaging healthy ones. Researchers found that certain antibodies prevent cancer cells from developing on cell surfaces.

Medicine May 6, 2016

Painkiller Percocet Found In Prince's Body When He Died: Report

The results of the autopsy and toxicology tests are not yet complete to determine the real reason why Prince died. A source, however, said that the painkiller Percocet was present in the musician's body when he was found dead.

Medicine May 6, 2016

Use Of Heart Drug Warfarin Linked To Dementia Risk In Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

Patients with atrial fibrillation who were treated with blood thinner warfarin were found to have higher rates of dementia. How can patients reduce risks?

Medicine May 6, 2016

Breakthrough In Human Embryo Research To Shed Light On Birth Defects And Pregnancy Loss

For the first time, researchers were able to grow human embryos outside the womb for almost two weeks. The breakthrough may provide scientists insight on why birth defects and miscarriage occur.

Medicine May 5, 2016

Over-The-Phone CPR Instruction Could Save Lives: Report

Researchers have found that giving cardiopulmonary instructions over the phone improves survival rates of cardiac arrest patients. Immediate performance of chest compression by a bystander before emergency medical services arrive also improves functional outcomes.

Medicine May 5, 2016

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