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Doctors' Frequent Opioid Prescriptions Linked To Long-Term Use In Patients: Study

A new study suggests the frequency of opioid prescriptions by doctors is linked to higher chances of long-term opioid use in patients. Researchers say much stricter guidelines on opioid prescriptions are needed.

Medicine February 16, 2017

Robert De Niro, RFK Jr Offering $100000: You Have To Prove Vaccines Are Safe

Renowned Actor Robert De Niro along with Robert F. Kennedy Jr has offered $100,000 to anyone who can prove vaccines are safe. The announcement was made in a press conference held on Feb.15.

Medicine February 16, 2017

Muscular Dystrophy Drug Price Jumps From $1,200 To $89,000 After FDA Approval

FDA approved an old muscular dystrophy drug sold overseas at $1,200 per year. The drug deflazacort will be sold in the U.S. for $89,000.

Medicine February 13, 2017

Grandma Charged After Baby Overdoses On Methadone

A grandmother in Maryland has been charged with child abuse and other raps when her 1-year-old grandson was rushed to the hospital for signs of poisoning. The incident was deemed a case of methadone overdose.

Medicine February 13, 2017

Corticosteroid Emflaza Receives FDA Approval As Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Treatment

A new drug approved by the FDA has been shown to delay loss of walking ability for patients diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Emflaza is marketed by Marathon Pharmaceuticals.

Medicine February 10, 2017

Kaleo Pharmaceuticals Questioned Over 550 Percent Price Hike Of Naloxone Injector Evzio For Opioid Overdose

The price of naloxone auto-injector Evzio has increased from $690 to $4,500. Senators questioned Kaleo Pharmaceuticals over the increase amid an opioid abuse epidemic in the United States.

Medicine February 10, 2017

Startup NeuroQore Uses Magnetic Pulses To Treat Depression: Cure Depression Without Drugs Or Psychotherapy?

Depression affects the lives of millions of Americans each year. NeuroQore, a startup company, hopes to treat the disorder with the help of magnetic pulses.

Medicine February 12, 2017

Vasalgel Monkey Trial Offers Hope For Long-Acting And Reversible Male Contraceptive

No pregnancy occurred in rhesus monkeys involved in the trial that tested the effectiveness of the male contraceptive gel Vasalgel. The result offers hope for a new birth control method for men.

Medicine February 7, 2017

Doctors Pull Live Cockroach From Woman’s Skull After She Complains Of ‘Crawling Sensation’

In Chennai in India, doctors have successfully removed a live cockroach from a woman’s skull. The patient says she felt a weird, itchy sensation around her nose and eyes, prompting her to seek medical help.

Medicine February 7, 2017

Researchers Turn To ‘Brute Force’ In Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Sometimes, brute force is the answer. Researchers have found that existing antibiotics can be modified to take advantage of 'brute force' in dealing with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Medicine February 4, 2017

Cancer Drug Promotes Heart Tissue Regeneration, Could Double As Heart Disease Treatment

A cancer drug in development has been found to promote heart tissue regeneration, showing promise as a potential treatment for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of death in Americans.

Medicine February 4, 2017

Stem Cell Secretions Protect Retina Cells, Hold Promise As Glaucoma Treatment

New research has shown that stem cell exosomes could be employed in treating glaucoma. However, more research has to be carried out to establish the exact necessary treatment.

Medicine January 31, 2017

Dentist Faces Court Rap Over Death Of Teen During Wisdom Tooth Removal

A family in Minnesota is now finally filing charges against a dentist for the death of their daughter during routine wisdom tooth removal. It was a change of heart as they have formerly expressed no intention to sue the doctor for malpractice.

Medicine January 29, 2017

Researchers Turn To Artificial Intelligence To Reach New, Previously Unachievable Cancer Outcomes

Researchers used an AI-based model to better understand the biophysics of cancer. The machine-learning model successfully completed a task which consisted of identifying reagents capable of generating a unique cancer-like phenotype.

Medicine January 29, 2017

Flu Shots For Dogs: Scientists Develop Vaccines Against Canine Influenza

New vaccines for the prevention of Canine Influenza have been developed by scientists. The new live-attenuated vaccines are more effective in preventing the development and spread of the virus.

Medicine January 29, 2017

Combining 3 Antibody Drugs Shown Effective In Suppressing HIV

A new research at the Rockefeller University has shown that HIV can be suppressed by combining three antibodies in the treatment. This checks the ability of the virus to escape the immune system and mutate.

Medicine January 28, 2017

Woman Goes 6 Days Without Lungs In Doctors’ Bid To Save Her Life

Doctors in Canada recall how they were forced to remove a young mother’s lungs for six days while she waited for an organ transplant. The last-ditch procedure is considered a world first.

Medicine January 28, 2017

Lesbianism Listed As Condition On North Carolina Woman’s Medical Record

A mother from Indian Trail in North Carolina has discovered something shocking written on her medical chart. The record notes "lesbianism" as a medical condition, prompting her to cry foul.

Medicine January 26, 2017

Cholesterol-Fighting Statins Show Potential As Cancer Treatment

Research has shown that statins, usually used as prescription drug for lowwering cholesterol, could be employed in cancer treatment. While the results are promising, more studies will be carried out to validate this hypothesis.

Medicine January 26, 2017

Martin Shkreli Hits Back At Drug Lobbying Group's PR Campaign With 'Pharma Skeletons'

Former pharma CEO Martin Shkreli fires back at the newest PR campaign of PhRMA. His weapon of choice: his website "Pharma Skeletons," which exposes how other drug companies supposedly jack up drug prices as well.

Medicine January 25, 2017

Actemra Achieves Positive Trial Results As Giant Cell Arteritis Treatment, Receives Priority Review Designation From FDA

Actemra achieved positive results at the end of the Phase III trial, and its Supplemental Biologics License Application was accepted by the FDA. The medication is employed in treating patients who suffer from giant cell arteritis.

Medicine January 24, 2017

EpiPen Alternative Auvi-Q Can Be Obtained For 'Free' When It Returns Feb. 14

Kaléo has announced Auvi-Q, a cheaper alternative to Mylan’s EpiPen, will be available throughout the country beginning Feb. 14. With the company's AffordAbility commitment program, patients in the United States will have a chance to get their own epinephrine injections for free.

Medicine January 23, 2017

Newborn Health Screenings May Soon Rely On Genome Sequencing Techniques: Experts

A group of government-funded researchers and clinical geneticists are exploring the pros and cons of possibly using genome sequencing techniques in newborn screenings in the future.

Medicine January 21, 2017

FDA OKs Constipation Drug From Synergy Pharma

The FDA has approved the one-a-day tablet Trulance of Synergy Pharmaceuticals for treating chronic idiopathic constipation in adults. The one-a-day tablet is the pharma's first to obtain regulatory clearance.

Medicine January 20, 2017

Skin Cancer Cream Reportedly Kills 5 Dogs

The FDA has released a new advisory warning pet owners of reported dog deaths from the topical cancer drug fluorouracil, marketed under brand names such as Carac, Efudex, and Fluoroplex.

Medicine January 19, 2017

Malaria Drug Could Be Used To Treat Brain Cancer

Researchers have found a new way to treat brain cancer by using an off-label malaria drug. The drug named chloroquine has been successfully used to treat a 26-year-old brain cancer patient.

Medicine January 18, 2017

Mosquitoes Can Now Be Genetically Altered To Resist Dengue Virus

Mosquito-borne diseases affect millions worldwide, prompting researchers to find a solution or cure. Recent studies reveal, however, that genetically engineering mosquitoes could prevent the spread and limit the risks of the dengue virus.

Medicine January 21, 2017

Death Of Woman From Superbug Resistant To 26 Antibiotics Highlights Danger Of Drug Resistance

The death of a woman in Nevada from a superbug resistant to 26 antibiotics highlights the growing problem posed by drug resistance. What happens when more infections become resistant to treatments?

Medicine January 16, 2017

Most Comprehensive Report To Date Confirms Marijuana Relieves Pain, But Seeks More Evidence On Other Benefits

A new 400-page analysis gathers data from more than 10,000 scientific studies and makes over 100 conclusions on the benefits and risks of marijuana use, including potential treatment of chronic pain.

Medicine January 13, 2017

CVS To Sell Generic Version Of EpiPen Competitor At 80 Percent Cheaper Price

CVS will sell a generic version of an EpiPen competitor. The generic Adrenaclick two-pack is priced at $109.99, which is far cheaper than the cost of Mylan's epinephrine autoinjector.

Medicine January 12, 2017

Your Appendix Is Not Useless: New Study Suggests It Could Save Your Life

Researchers have found the importance of the appendix among mammals, discovering that, during the evolutionary process, once it appears in a species, it won't disappear. The study suggests gut bacteria has something to do with it.

Medicine January 13, 2017

New Hope For Breast Cancer Treatment In 2017: Potential Drug Against Metastasis Identified

Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a class of drugs that could prevent cancer metastasis. The group found that CDK 4/6 inhibitors may be used to prevent breast cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.

Medicine January 10, 2017

Will This Alzheimer’s Drug Help Regrow Damaged Teeth and Put An End To Tooth Fillings?

Researchers from King's College London have found in a mice study that one could facilitate the natural repair of teeth using a sponge soaked in a potential Alzheimer's drug and possibly eliminate the need for tooth fillings.

Medicine January 9, 2017

FDA To Speed Up Review Of Roche Tecentriq As Immunotherapy Treatment For Bladder Cancer

The FDA will have to review Roche's immunotherapy treatment Tecentriq within six months. The drug is a potential treatment for a particular group of patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma, the ninth most common cancer worldwide.

Medicine January 9, 2017

‘Click-Chemistry’ Produces Antibiotic Spider Silk For Drug Delivery, Wound Healing

A U.K. based team of researchers has successfully created synthetic spider silk and attached antibiotics to it. The results of this research could change the way we use bandages, as well as diminish the time necessary for the wound to cure.

Medicine January 8, 2017

Cannabis Cookies? Mother Shares How Medical Marijuana Helped Her Son With Autism

Marie Myung Ok-Lee shares how cannabis use has changed the life of her son with autism and a painful gut disease. She calls it a 'miracle' after seven years of successful treatment.

Medicine January 7, 2017

9-Year-Old Girl Dies After Getting Her Tonsils Removed In Routine Surgery

A girl in Detroit died just a few hours after having tonsillectomy, a common childhood procedure for sleep-disordered breathing and tonsillitis. The medical report suggests of possible reasons behind the child's untimely death.

Medicine January 6, 2017

This Blood Test Can Detect How Well You Are Aging

The process of aging varies from one person to another. Researchers have now found a way to detect through a blood test how well an individual is aging.

Medicine January 7, 2017

The Upside To Anemia: Iron Deficiency Protects Children From Malaria, Says Study

Iron deficiency, the most common condition worldwide associated with poor nutrition, was found to be interestingly beneficial against malaria. The research suggesting this correlation also implies a genetic mechanism for this process.

Medicine January 8, 2017

Promising Malaria Vaccine Works By Disabling Key Parasite Genes

New research found a way to stop malaria from attacking the liver, which is the first stage of the process the infection follows once installed into the body. Researchers believe they have reached a critical milestone.

Medicine January 6, 2017

Skin Cancer Treatment 2017: New Chemical Compound Promises To Stop Spread Of 90 Percent Of Melanoma Cells

Researchers from Michigan State University have developed a new chemical compound capable of stopping the spread of melanoma. The drug has been shown to curb the spread of up to 90 percent of malignant cells.

Medicine January 6, 2017

In Depth: After Scientists Classify The Mesentery As An Organ, What Now? Here's A Closer Look At Mesenteric Science

Scientists have discovered a new organ in the body, bringing the total to 79. The mesentery, which is composed of membranes located in the digestive system, has been reclassified as an organ.

Medicine January 5, 2017

Membrane In Digestive System Identified As New Organ Of The Human Body

The mesentery is previously thought to be a fragmented structure in the digestive system but evidence suggests it is one continuous organ. What is the significance of recognizing the membrane as an organ?

Medicine January 4, 2017

Researchers Urge Caution Around Psilocybin Use, Warn About Bad ‘Magic Mushroom’ Trips

Psilocybin-containing magic mushrooms can give quite the trip, and when it’s bad, it’s bad, according to a survey carried out by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Medicine January 4, 2017

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