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New High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation Technique Found Effective Against Chronic Leg, Back Pain

For patients with severe, chronic back and leg pain, a new high-frequency spinal cord stimulation technique provides superior clinical outcomes, according to a new study. The finding could improve treatment in patients showing these symptoms.

Medicine October 31, 2016

Certain Mitochondrial DNA Mutations May Increase Autism Risk In Children

A new study has confirmed a genetic link between mitochondrial DNA, which is passed on from the mother, and some forms of autism spectrum disorder. Further research will inspect other age-related affections in mothers.

Medicine November 1, 2016

An Unlikely Ally: Researchers Turning To Spider Venom To Improve Human Health

Spiders could provide means to improve human research and medication. A team of scientists is currently investigating the substances making the over 500 toxins in spiders' venoms so powerful.

Medicine October 31, 2016

Brain Region Responsible For Placebo Effect In Pain Relief Identified

The brain region responsible for rendering pain relief to patients on placebo treatment was discovered by researchers from Northwestern Medicine and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The discovery could help physicians provide individualized treatment to patients with chronic pain.

Medicine October 31, 2016

New Immunotherapy Technique Eliminates Up To 90 Percent Of Anaphylactic Response In Food Allergies With Just One Treatment

A novel immunotherapy technique reversed peanut and egg white allergies in experimental mice. The treatment reduced anaphylactic responses in mice by 90 percent with just a single treatment.

Medicine October 28, 2016

Researchers Turn To Gene Editing System CRISPR To Facilitate Research On Curing HIV

Researchers used a gene editing system, CRISPR, to test on different series of mutations. The team looked into the differences that could be responsible for some immune cells resistant to HIV.

Medicine October 27, 2016

Prescription Testosterone, Other Steroid Drugs Product Labels Get New Warning From FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug administration is stepping up with warnings for prescription drugs that treat low testosterone. The abuse of the said drugs has been proven to be linked with heart-related and mental health problems, among others.

Medicine October 26, 2016

FDA Gives Merck Green Light To Market Keytruda Lung Cancer Drug

Merck's cancer drug Keytruda got the nod of U.S. regulators as a first-line drug for treating metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. For the pharmaceutical company, the FDA approval opens a big market for it.

Medicine October 26, 2016

New Wonder Drug? New Ibuprofen Formulation Touted As Safer, Offering Faster Pain Relief Than Current Version

Researchers have developed a new formulation for ibuprofen. According to a study, ibuprofen arginine is effective at addressing the pitfalls the drug’s current version has.

Medicine October 15, 2016

Dementia Risks Increase In Men Given Testosterone-Lowering Drugs To Treat Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer patients treated with Androgen Deprivation Therapy, the testosterone-lowering drugs, are twice likely to develop dementia than patients who didn’t receive testosterone medication, reports a recent study.

Medicine October 19, 2016

People Infected With Zika May Not Be Susceptible To The Virus Again: Study

A new study has found that people infected with Zika may become immune to the virus, as infection provides excellent protection against reinfection. The research was carried out by a series of collaborators.

Medicine October 14, 2016

NIH, Emory Researchers Achieve Sustained HIV Remission In Monkeys

NIH and Emory University researchers have found that it’s possible for the simian immunodeficiency virus, HIV’s form in primates, to undergo sustained remission. This opens up the possibility of sustained HIV remission in human patients.

Medicine October 14, 2016

Doctors Still Know Best: Human Physicians Outperform Symptom-Checker Apps In Offering Correct Diagnoses, Says Study

A new study has found that physicians diagnose far better than digital applications, especially when it comes to more complicated conditions with specific symptoms.

Medicine October 12, 2016

Lung Cancer Treatment: Keytruda Better Than Chemotherapy In Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Clinical trial showed Merck's immune boosting drug Keytruda is better than chemotherapy in patients with lung cancer. Bristol-Myers' Opdivo, however, fared worse than the older chemotherapy.

Medicine October 10, 2016

Exelixis Cabometyx, Pfizer Sutent Compete In Kidney Cancer Clinical Trial

Cabozantinib was found to improve progression-free survival in metastatic renal cell carcinoma. A clinical study for the treatment of metastatic kidney cancer suggested cabozantinib will potentially become a first-line treatment.

Medicine October 11, 2016

Immunotherapy Drug Extends Survival Rate Of Head And Neck Cancer Patients With Fewer Side Effects

Head and neck cancer patients who had received the immunotherapy drug nivolumab survived longer than those who received chemotherapy. They also experienced fewer side effects.

Medicine October 9, 2016

Tesaro, ENGOT Announce Successful Phase 3 Clinical Trial Results For Ovarian Cancer Drug Niraparib

Clinical trial results show that Tesaro’s new drug niraparib could delay the recurrence of ovarian cancer. It also increased progression-free survival rates in women treated successfully with second-line chemotherapy.

Medicine October 10, 2016

Mylan Pays Medicaid $465 Million For Overpriced EpiPens: What Are The Most Expensive Drugs In America?

Many prescription medications already carry sky-high price tags and it doesn’t look like prices are going to drop anytime soon. What are the most expensive drugs in America?

Medicine October 9, 2016

British Man ‘Cured’ Of HIV, Thanks To New Therapy From UK Researchers

A British man could likely become the first person to be cured of HIV infection. The researchers from five leading universities in Britain have developed a novel therapy to find a complete cure for the deadly disease.

Medicine October 7, 2016

No, Night Shift Work Doesn’t Up Your Chances Of Developing Breast Cancer

Three studies conducted in the UK showed that women who work night shifts are not in greater danger of developing breast cancer. The combined data invalidated another assessment from 2007, which suggested that there was a strong connection between the two.

Medicine October 7, 2016

FDA Grants Roche’s Giant Cell Arteritis Drug Actemra Breakthrough Status

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted breakthrough therapy designation status to Actemra, a giant cell arteritis drug by Roche. In 2015, the company also received the designation for their systemic sclerosis research.

Medicine October 5, 2016

FDA Warns Against Hepatitis B Reactivation In Some Patients Taking Direct-Acting Hepatitis C Antivirals

The FDA warned against the potential risk of Hepatitis B virus reactivation in patients treated with direct-acting antiviral drugs for Hepatitis C. 'Boxed Warnings' about Hepatitis B reactivation risks on antiviral drug labels are now mandated.

Medicine October 5, 2016

Botox Better Than Bladder Control Implants For Urinary Incontinence In Women

Botox injections were found to be slightly better than implanted bladder control device InterStim in reducing urinary incontinence in older women. Use of Botox, however, comes with unwanted side effects.

Medicine October 5, 2016

2016 Nobel Prize Winner Yoshinori Ohsumi's Work On Cellular Recycling May Change How We Treat Cancer, Other Diseases

The works of Nobel Prize winner Yoshinori Ohsumi could potentially change how diseases such as Parkinson's, Huntington’s and cancer are treated. Trials are already being conducted to test the potentials of manipulating the cellular process autophagy to treat illnesses.

Medicine October 4, 2016

Scientists Develop Two Universal Flu Vaccines To Protect Against Future Pandemics

Flu season is here and the CDC is urging Americans to get vaccinated. Understanding the importance of flu vaccines, researchers have developed two universal formulations offering better, longer-lasting protection.

Medicine October 1, 2016

Painkillers Like Ibuprofen And Ketorolac May Raise Heart Failure Risk By Up To 83 Percent

Painkilling drugs called NSAIDs were linked to increased risk for hospital admission due to heart problem. Seven traditional painkillers which include Ibuprofen and naproxen were associated with increased heart failure risk.

Medicine September 29, 2016

Crohn's Disease: Study Shows Fungi And Bacteria Cause Gastrointestinal Condition

Crohn's disease patients tend to have higher amounts of two species of bacteria and a fungus. Other factors shared by family members may also contribute to the development of the gastrointestinal condition.

Medicine September 29, 2016

Researchers Uncover Secrets Of ‘Invisibility Cloak’ That Lets Cancer Cells Hide And Thrive

Researchers have uncovered the secret as to why some cancers spread fast, with their presence going undetected by the body’s immune system. It is understood that such a condition happens after the disappearance of a protein called interleukein-33, or IL-33.

Medicine September 29, 2016

Magnetic Bacteria Could Be The Future Of Cancer Drug Delivery Systems

A type of magnetic bacteria called Magnetococcus marinus could be used to deliver drugs in target cancer cells without affecting the healthy cells. Researchers found that the bacteria have the potential to deliver a large amount of drug into the cells.

Medicine September 23, 2016

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval For Sarepta Muscular Dystrophy Drug Eteplirsen

The FDA has approved the first drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The agency's decision went against the recommendation of the panel of experts who did not find eteplirsen effective.

Medicine September 20, 2016

Real-Life 'Fault In Our Stars' Husband, Dalton Prager, Dies

Dalton Prager, hailed as a real-life 'The Fault In Our Stars' husband, died on Saturday, Sept. 17 at a St. Louis hospital. The heroic love and marriage of Dalton and Katie despite cystic fibrosis has been awe-inspiring.

Medicine September 19, 2016

Doctors Can Now Prescribe Heroin To Patients In Canada

Doctors in Canada can now prescribe pharmaceutical grade heroin to patients with severe heroin addiction, thanks to a change in regulation. Health officials believe addiction should be tackled as a health-based issue instead of being crime-based.

Medicine September 17, 2016

HHS Issues New Rules To Make Clinical Trial Results More Accessible

Starting January 2017, companies and universities will be required to make their NIH-funded research more accessible to the public — risking heavy monetary penalties if they fail to comply.

Medicine September 17, 2016

New Shingles Vaccine Proving To Be Effective In Testing: Protection Still Provided After 4 Years

GSK's experimental vaccine against shingles, named Shingrix, is proving to be effective in testing. In addition to providing highly effective protection, its effect also lasts longer compared with available vaccines.

Medicine September 15, 2016

Dosing Errors With Kids' Liquid Medicine Common Among Parents

Most parents in the United States unknowingly give too much or too little liquid medicine to their kids, a new study suggests. Such errors in dosing can have negative consequences, researcher said.

Medicine September 13, 2016

Possible Drug Target Discovered For Improving Social Interaction In People With Autism

People on the spectrum appear aloof and distant because they have trouble establishing and maintaining relationships. All that could change, however, as researchers identify a drug target that treatment can focus on to improve social interaction in individuals with ASD.

Medicine September 12, 2016

Watch: Bacteria Evolves To Develop Antibiotic Resistance

Bacteria evolve, mutating to overcome challenges in their environment. For the first time, a large-scale look at how the process goes is provided by researchers, showing how antibiotic resistance develops.

Medicine September 9, 2016

Study To Help Doctors And Patients Make Informed Decision About Statin Therapy

The benefits of taking statin appear to outweigh the likelihood of side effects to occur. Researchers said the harm associated with use of the cholesterol-lowering drug is exaggerated.

Medicine September 9, 2016

First Face Transplant Recipient Isabelle Dinoire Dies At 49

Isabelle Dinoire, the world’s first face transplant recipient, has died at the age of 49. Dinoire received a partial face graft from a 38-year-old brain-dead donor in 2005, six months after being mauled by her own pet dog.

Medicine September 7, 2016

Nobel Prize Judges Dismissed Following Macchiarini Medical Scandal

Paolo Macchiarini marred the name of the Karolinska Institute when he was thrust into controversy. In the wake of those events, Nobel Prize judges are being dismissed for their role in the scandal.

Medicine September 6, 2016

Want To Lower Your Risk Of Serious Asthma Attack? Take Vitamin D Supplements

Vitamin D supplements alongside regular asthma medication could help reduce severe asthma attacks from 6 percent to 3 percent. In a new study, the risk of hospitalization was found to reduce with inclusion of supplements.

Medicine September 7, 2016

AstraZeneca's Benralizumab Treatment Can Reduce Symptoms Of Severe Asthma

The symptoms and risks of severe asthma are reduced by half with AstraZeneca’s benralizumab injection every four weeks. The drug works by destroying the eosinophils, which are responsible for causing allergy and asthma, in airways and bloodstream.

Medicine September 6, 2016

Takeda Gets $312 Million US Government Funding To Develop Zika Vaccine

Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical is set to receive an initial $20 million funding from the U.S. government to develop a vaccine for Zika. If the vaccine proves successful, the company could receive up to $312 million to manufacture the drug.

Medicine September 2, 2016

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