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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

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

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

Cherokee Nation Files Lawsuit Against CVS, Other Pharmacies Over US Opioid Crisis

Cherokee Nation is suing pharmaceutical companies for not doing enough to prevent widespread circulation of prescription drugs. Lawsuit holds the companies and their pharmacists liable for the opioid crisis.

Medicine April 23, 2017

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy: How It Can Curb Cluster Headaches, Other Health Woes

The FDA has recently approved a handheld vagus nerve stimulation device for treating cluster headaches. Find out what other conditions, including treatment-resistant depression, VNS therapy can help with.

Medicine April 21, 2017

Marijuana Ingredient Might Be New High In Preventing Seizures In Severe Form Of Epilepsy

A study revealed that severe epilepsy can be given relief in terms of reduction in seizures through the use of cannabidiol, a component in marijuana or cannabis plant. The trials showed a significant reduction in seizures after administering the drug.

Medicine April 19, 2017

Frog Skin Mucus May Help Kill Strains Of Flu Virus

A peptide found in the skin mucus of a frog in southern India can potentially fight strains of flu. How does the peptide urumin work against influenza virus?

Medicine April 19, 2017

USPSTF Medical Guidelines May Lead To Fewer Number Of Statin Users: Study

Two conflicting medical guidelines on statin use may lead to fewer number of users in the United States, a new study suggests. Researchers compare guidelines from the USPSTF and the ACC/AHA to determine their impact.

Medicine April 18, 2017

Medical Marijuana Will Become Legal In North Dakota Within A Year

Compassionate Care Centers would open in North Dakota in January 2018. Strict rules and laws will be established for production, distribution, and usage of medical marijuana in the state.

Medicine April 17, 2017

Researchers Working On Smart Bandages That Will Use 5G Data To Relay Health Details

Scientists at the Swansea University produced a smart bandage, which uses nanotechnology and 5G wireless data to transmit the health status of a wound to doctors. The clinical trial for the bandages would start within next year.

Medicine April 17, 2017

Reports Of Measles And Mumps Cases Continue To Rise; What Should You Know About MMR Vaccine?

Cases of measles and mumps continue to rise, and vaccinations are the best means of protection. Here are some things you need to know about the MMR vaccine.

Medicine April 16, 2017

CRISPR Is Now A Virus Detector: New Tool Can Accurately Detect Minute Amounts Of Viruses

Researchers have devised a new CRISPR-based tool that will detect very small amounts of virus and bacteria in blood and urine samples for diagnostic tests.

Medicine April 15, 2017

Could This Chewing Gum In Development Detect Cancer Early On?

An American company is planning to launch a chewing gum that can detect whether a person has cancer. When chewed, the gum can identify chemicals indicating cancer.

Medicine April 13, 2017

Meet The Bionic Thymus: The Artificial Organ For Pumping T Cells For Cancer Treatment

Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles have developed an artificial thymus that can turn blood stem cells into disease-fighting T cells and help in the detection and cure of cancer.

Medicine April 12, 2017

Differences Among Doctors Remain: When Should Women Start Getting Mammograms?

In a new study, many doctors today say they still recommend annual mammograms for women in their early 40s. This is despite updated guidelines that push back the age for the breast cancer screening.

Medicine April 11, 2017

Scientists Planning To Start Clinical Trial Of Acne Vaccine On Humans In Next Few Years

Acne has been an age old problem for adults and adolescents alike. However, scientists have come up with an acne vaccine that will go for human trials in the next two years.

Medicine April 8, 2017

FDA OKs 23andMe At-Home Genetic Test Predicting Risk Of 10 Diseases

The U.S Food and Drug Administration granted permission to DNA company 23andMe to market personal genetic tests for 10 diseases. It will help consumers know genetic markers in advance and take precautions.

Medicine April 7, 2017

Can Maple Syrup Extract Make Antibiotics Kill Bacteria Easily?

Scientists may have discovered a way to increase the potency of antibiotics. An extract derived from maple syrup could possibly decrease the consumption of antibiotics by 90 percent.

Medicine April 4, 2017

Electricity-Based Therapy Extends Survival Of Brain Tumor Patients

Brain tumor patients who use the cap-like device Optune plus chemotherapy survived longer than patients who received only chemo. How does this therapy called tumor treating field work?

Medicine April 3, 2017

A New Blood Test Could Help Doctors Prescribe More Appropriate Medications To Treat Depression

Researchers discovered that measuring C-reactive protein levels in finger prick blood tests can help doctors accurately prescribe more effective medication to patients diagnosed with depression.

Medicine April 3, 2017

Space Station Crew Begins Research On Improving Crystal Growth For Drug Development

The crew aboard the International Space Station begins their study on crystal growth in microgravity to enhance and speed up the drug development process on Earth.

Medicine April 3, 2017

Study Finds That Using High Doses Of Vitamin C For Cancer Treatments Is Safe For Humans

Medical researchers have just proven a hypothesis rejected in the 1970s through successful clinical trials. High doses of vitamin C can weaken lung and brain cancer cells.

Medicine April 2, 2017

Experimental Zika Vaccine Successfully Moves To Broader Testing

The phase 2 trials of an experimental Zika vaccine have started. The first volunteer received the DNA-based experimental vaccine in Houston, at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Medicine April 1, 2017

Rate Of Double Mastectomy Rises In US Women With Early Stage Cancer In One Breast

The proportion of women in the United States diagnosed with cancer affecting only one breast who opted to undergo double mastectomy has increased. What are the potential reasons behind this?

Medicine March 31, 2017

FDA Give Approval To Roche Multiple Sclerosis Drug Ocrevus

Health regulators green-lighted Roche's Ocrevus drug to treat relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and primary progressive MS. Based on the clinical trials, what are the potential side effects of the treatment?

Medicine March 30, 2017

Opiate Overdose Responsible For Higher Rate Of Early Deaths, Study Says

Opiates are reportedly responsible for high number of premature deaths in the United States. The problem of drug abuse has not only led to premature deaths, but also high rates of unemployment and school dropouts.

Medicine March 30, 2017

Graphene Quantum Dots Expand Role In Cancer Treatment And Bio-Imaging

The high-tech material graphene quantum dots with illuminating properties will have expanded use in cancer treatment and drug delivery. The material has innovated over metallic quantum dots with cost-effective production methods and properties for wider applications.

Medicine March 28, 2017

More Than Colonoscopy: Experts Emphasize How Colon Cancer Is Better Screened And Prevented

Colonoscopy benefits the early diagnosis of colon cancer and related conditions, but screening should go beyond it. This is the standpoint of some experts who practice larger, more comprehensive screening and prevention.

Medicine March 27, 2017

Discovery Of 'Immortalized' Stem Cells To Mass Produce Artificial Blood Matters: How This Can Help Save Lives

Mass production of artificial blood may hold the key to address the need for a reliable supply of safe blood for patients in more than half of the world’s countries. It can be achieved by “immortalizing” stem cells at an early stage.

Medicine March 29, 2017

FDA OKs Treatment For Rare Skin Cancer, Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Finally, the FDA has given a green light to the first-ever drug for a rare form of skin cancer. What is metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma and how does one get it?

Medicine March 26, 2017

Vitamin C Sepsis Treatment Cured Patients But Experts Warn Healthcare Workers Against It: Here's Why

A doctor claimed to have found a cure for sepsis and used this to treat about 150 patients with high success rate. Experts, however, are not yet convinced and warned other healthcare workers not to use the Vitamin C treatment.

Medicine March 26, 2017

Scientific Breakthrough Could Lead To Development Of Drug That Fights Off Aging And Radiation Damage

Science has always been keen on reversing the aging process. Researchers may have finally found the key in human DNA that could speed up the development of anti-aging drugs.

Medicine March 26, 2017

Blood Test Offers Non-Invasive Method Of Detecting Early Stage Cancer

CancerLocator is a blood test that offers a non-invasive way to detect lung, breast and liver cancer in the early stage and has a success rate of 80 percent. How does it work?

Medicine March 24, 2017

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