New Tool Can Estimate Cancer Patient Survival Time

A new tool from UCLA called Survival Analysis of mRNA Isoform Variation (SURVIV) is hoped to predict cancer patient survival time better than conventional gene-based predictions.

Medicine June 16, 2016

Viagra Boosts Blood Flow, Reduces Heart Attack Risk In Men

Viagra not only improves sex life by treating erectile dysfunction, but also boosts the flow of blood and helps prevent heart failure. A new study found that the 'little blue pill' can help prevent heart attacks among male diabetic patients.

Medicine June 16, 2016

Qsymia Dominates Among Weight Loss Drugs In Slashing 5 Percent Of Body Weight

Qsymia emerged as the top-performing among FDA-approved and over-the-counter weight loss drugs in a new meta-analysis. The drug proved to be the best in slashing 5 percent of body weight among overweight or obese individuals.

Medicine June 15, 2016

Over Half Of Patients Prescribed With Opioid Painkillers Receive Extra, Many Share Them

Patients are getting more opioid painkillers than what they really need, a new study found. Many share their opioid medications with others and do not receive adequate information on how to properly store and dispose of them.

Medicine June 14, 2016

Liraglutide Safely Lowers Cardiovascular Risk By 13 Percent In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

After almost four years of clinical trials, a study on liraglutide has finally concluded. Results showed that the injectable drug can reduce cardiovascular risk by 13 percent in patients with type 2 diabetes, without any serious adverse effects.

Medicine June 14, 2016

US Will Invest $200 Million To Reduce Organ Transplant Wait List

The U.S. government announced a $200 million investment for reducing the long wait list of organ transplant patients. The government will work with private organizations to increase the number of organ donor registrations.

Medicine June 14, 2016

Experimental Hodgkin's Lymphoma Drug Offers Hope For Young Cancer Patients

An experimental drug is giving hope to patients suffering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, an aggressive type of blood cancer. In a successful phase 1 trial, the drug nivolumab delivered 'considerable' reductions in the tumors of about 66.3 percent of the patients.

Medicine June 13, 2016

FDA-Approved Drug Clears Psoriasis In Long-Term Clinical Trials

The new drug called ixekizumab completely or almost completely cleared psoriasis in affected patients who participated in three clinical trials. What are the side effects of the treatment?

Medicine June 13, 2016

Car Crashes No Longer The Leading Cause Of Accidental Deaths In The US

Vehicular accidents are no longer the number one cause of accidental deaths in the United States. Instead, a growing number of Americans die unintentionally because of drug overdoses.

Medicine June 12, 2016

Canada Could Legalize Recreational Marijuana As Soon As 2017

The use of recreational marijuana could already be legal in Canada as soon as next year, with its leaders pursuing legislation soon. Legalizing marijuana in Canada could open up a big market for U.S. traders, too.

Medicine June 12, 2016

Vitamin Deficiency Linked To Recurrent And Chronic Migraines: Can Supplements Help?

Migraine patients were found to be deficient in riboflavin, coenzyme Q10, vitamin D and folate. Can vitamin supplements help sufferers?

Medicine June 11, 2016

Doctors Stop Multiple Sclerosis With Stem Cell Transplant

A combination of chemotherapy and stem cell transplant offers new treatment and hope for patients suffering from aggressive multiple sclerosis. However, the new procedure comes with many risks and is not advisable for patients with advanced disabilities.

Medicine June 11, 2016

FDA, International Regulators Take Action Against Online Drug Stores Selling Illegal Prescription Meds

The FDA worked with other international agencies to take action against online drug pharmacies that sell illegal prescription drugs. The agency already called for the suspension of more than 4,000 websites as part of Operation Pangea IX.

Medicine June 10, 2016

New Alzheimer's Blood Test Is Nearly 100 Percent Accurate In Trials

This new blood test can accurately detect the potential of people to develop an early stage of Alzheimer's. It identifies a certain biomarker that is often seen in Alzheimer’s patients 10 years before the onset of the disease.

Medicine June 10, 2016

California To Allow Terminally Ill Patients To Take Life-Ending Drugs

Assisted suicide in California is taking effect on June 9, Thursday, after being passed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. Religious groups and other parties continue to oppose the End of Life Option Act while some physicians are wondering where to draw the line.

Medicine June 9, 2016

Medical Marijuana Is Now Legal In Ohio

Ohio finally legalizes the use of medical marijuana. The law, which will take effect in 90 days, includes 20 medical conditions to which marijuana derivatives may be used as a treatment.

Medicine June 9, 2016

Most Antidepressants Are Ineffective In Treating Teens With Depression

Most antidepressants do not help curb the symptoms of depression in kids and teens, a new study revealed. Certain antidepressants were linked to increased suicidal thoughts.

Medicine June 9, 2016

Two Stem Cell Transplants May Increase Survival Chances Of Kids With Neuroblastoma

Children with high-risk neuroblastoma will survive longer if given two stem cell transplants. Researchers also found that giving an additional immunotherapy on top of chemotherapy increases survival rates significantly.

Medicine June 8, 2016

New Blood Test To Help Doctors Pick Best Treatment For Patients With Depression

Doctors can now tailor the type of antidepressant treatment they prescribe their patients to produce better outcomes through the use of a newly developed blood test. This new diagnostic focuses on identifying inflammation markers in patients' blood.

Medicine June 8, 2016

Oxycodone Can Still Be Extracted From Pfizer's Opioid Painkiller: FDA

Pfizer's experimental, long-acting opioid painkiller can be subjected to manipulation and abuse. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's advisory committees will discuss on June 8 whether the drug should be approved.

Medicine June 7, 2016

Bladder Cancer Drug Atezolizumab Proved To Be Effective As Initial Treatment

The recently approved atezolizumab (brand name Tecentriq) showed to be promising as a first-option treatment for patients with advanced bladder cancer, according to new data presented Sunday.

Medicine June 6, 2016

New Antibody-based Treatment Extends Survival Of Patients With Stomach Cancer

A novel antibody therapy was found to improve survival rates of patients with stomach cancer. The drug functions by exposing the cancer cells to the body's immune system.

Medicine June 6, 2016

Europe Gives Approval To World's First Gene Therapy For Children

The European Commission has approved the world's first gene therapy for children suffering from ADA-SCID, a rare disorder closely linked to the "bubble boy" disease. The new treatment uses gene-editing techniques to fix the faulty gene.

Medicine June 6, 2016

Incorrect Dosage Turns Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Into A Killer

Drug dosing errors led to at least seven methotrexate overdose deaths in Australia – and the numbers are increasing, according to new research. Learn how this rheumatoid arthritis drug can turn into a killer.

Medicine June 6, 2016

Blood-Based Liquid Biopsy Offers Reliable Alternative To Conventional Tests To Diagnose Cancer: Study

For some patients, traditional biopsies that involve tissue samples are not feasible. Blood-based liquid biopsies show promise as a reliable alternative.

Medicine June 6, 2016

Up To 25 Percent Of Lung Cancer Patients Ineligible For Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a great advance in cancer treatment but up to a quarter of lung cancer patients are not eligible for this therapy. Autoimmune disorders have something to do with the risks.

Medicine June 4, 2016

Many Patients Continue To Take Prescription Opioid Painkiller Months After Hip, Knee Replacement

Some patients continue to use opioids months after a successful joint replacement surgery despite improvements in pain. What causes them to continue using prescription opioid painkillers?

Medicine June 4, 2016

New Pancreatic Cancer Therapy Increases Survival Rates Of Patients

A clinical trial conducted by Cancer Research UK has shown that combination therapy for pancreatic cancer will improve survival rates. The treatment will become the standard therapy for pancreatic cancer patients.

Medicine June 5, 2016

New Blood Test Could Help Develop Smart Cancer Drug

Testing the blood of cancer patients for presence of metabolites can determine if a drug is effective or not. The method was first developed for pictilisib, but researchers say it can also be used for other cancer therapies.

Medicine June 4, 2016

Stem Cell Brain Injection Gives Stroke Sufferers Chance To Walk Again

Stroke patients with disabilities were able to walk again after doctors injected modified stem cells into their brain. The experimental treatment did not show significant side effects.

Medicine June 3, 2016

New Brain Cancer Treatment Leads To Extended Survival Of Patients

A new modified virus designed to treat an aggressive form of brain tumor has been found to extend the survival of patients for years. The clinical trial has finished its phase 1 and will move on to the next phase.

Medicine June 2, 2016

ADHD Drug Methylphenidate May Up Risk For Arrhythmia, MI In Children

Methylphenidate - sold under brand names like Ritalin - have been linked to a greater risk of arrhythmias and other heart conditions, although the risk could be extremely small in the average child with ADHD.

Medicine June 2, 2016

Statins May Prevent Return Of Breast Cancer Tumors

Statins may actually go beyond their function as cholesterol drugs and help stop ER-positive breast cancer from returning, according to the findings of an early-stage study in the UK.

Medicine June 1, 2016

New Gene Screening Test To Help Doctors Identify Rare Genetic Diseases In Newborns

The next generation of genetic sequencing could pave the way for the speedy molecular diagnosis of rare genetic diseases in newborns. The pilot study conducted by Canadian researchers diagnosed a number of rare conditions in the babies.

Medicine May 31, 2016

Can Narcotic Painkillers Actually Worsen And Lengthen Chronic Pain?

Opioids are used to treat and offer relief from chronic pain. However, new research suggests that opioid treatments among lab rats may actually worsen chronic pain.

Medicine May 31, 2016

Scientists Design 3D-Printed Pills For Personalized Medicine: How It Works

A breakthrough fabrication method developed by scientists in Singapore can be adjusted to suit every patient's personalized medication. This invention is in the form of 3D-printed pills.

Medicine May 30, 2016

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

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