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More Than Half Of People Infected With HIV On Life-Saving Antiretroviral Treatment

More than half of HIV-infected people are now on life-saving treatment. Experts, however, said that more could have been done given the amount of money spent for battling AIDS epidemic.

Medicine July 21, 2017

Oxygen Therapy Reverses Brain Damage In Drowned Toddler

In what is known as the first case of brain damage reversal, doctors used normobaric oxygen therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat a toddler who drowned and suffered brain damage. Here’s how the treatment works.

Medicine July 20, 2017

Man With Brain Tumor First Patient Treated In Michigan Proton Therapy Center

A Michigan man who had been diagnosed with brain tumor became the first patient to undergo proton beam therapy in the state. The treatment is considered safer compared with conventional radiotherapy since it only attacks specific cancer cells.

Medicine July 14, 2017

Novartis CAR-T Cancer Therapy For Leukemia Gets Landmark Recommendation From FDA Panel

A new gene therapy developed by Novartis has received crucial recommendation from an FDA advisory panel on July 12. Experts believe the treatment’s approval will pave the way for new gene-based medicines.

Medicine July 13, 2017

Endo Pulls Opioid Opana ER From The Market After FDA Request

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that they will voluntarily be removing Opana ER from the market as per the FDA's request. Despite this move, the company still believes in Opana ER's safety and efficacy.

Medicine July 8, 2017

Your Heartburn Drug Could Be Sending You To An Early Grave

Participants in a new study who took proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) emerged with a 25 percent higher risk of death from heartburn drugs. Learn more about the potential dangers of this class of heartburn medications.

Medicine July 4, 2017

PPI Heartburn Drugs Linked To Increased Risk Of Early Death: Should You Stop Taking These Medicines?

PPI drugs, which are used to treat heartburn and reduce stomach acid, are linked to higher risk of early death. Does this mean that people who take these medications should stop using them?

Medicine July 5, 2017

Painless 'Microneedle' Patches Work As Well As Flu Injections

Researchers have developed new microneedle patches that can administer flu vaccines without the pain of using regular shots. People can simply press the patches on their skin and wait for the vaccine to be absorbed by their bodies.

Medicine June 28, 2017

FDA Approves Portola Drug Betrixaban For Blood Clot Prevention

The Food and Drug Administration has approved betrixaban for preventing blood clotting among patients with deep vein thrombosis. The oral treatment is the first extended duration treatment for hospitalized acutely ill patients.

Medicine June 23, 2017

Pharmacy Faces Federal Charges After Selling Drugs That Sickened Newborns

The owner and director of compliance of an Indiana-based pharmacy are facing criminal charges over the sale of adulterated drugs. The case against the two includes the fraudulent acts that they allegedly committed to cover up their adulterated products’.

Medicine June 23, 2017

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

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

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

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