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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

What's The Reason Behind The Outrageous EpiPen Price Increase? Executive Pay, Of Course

EpiPen’s sporadic price hike evoked shock and outrage from the public. Now, regulatory filings reveal that the hike was triggered by executives who wanted to jack up earnings per share.

Medicine September 1, 2016

WHO Updates Treatment Guidelines For Gonorrhea, Syphilis And Chlamydia: Here's Why

New guidelines for treatment of sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were introduced by the WHO. The emergence of multi-drug resistant organisms due to drug misuse or overuse happens to be the reason behind the WHO's urgent move.

Medicine August 31, 2016

iPads, Tablets As Effective As Sedatives In Calming Down Children Before Surgery

iPad use before surgery has been shown to reduce anxiety in children. According to researchers, iPads performed at the same level as sedatives in calming children down.

Medicine August 29, 2016

CPAP Machines Do Not Reduce Heart Attack, Stroke Risks In Sleep Apnea Sufferers

Using CPAP machines may not reduce risk of cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack in sleep apnea sufferers. The therapy, however, still offers some benefits for those with the sleeping disorder.

Medicine August 29, 2016

EpiPen Will Be More Accessible After Backlash Over Drug Price

After facing backlash for hiking up the price of anti-allergy drug EpiPen, Mylan will give as much as $300 in discounts to families who rely on the auto-injector. But the announcement is a mere discount -- not an outright rollback of EpiPen's list price.

Medicine August 26, 2016

Tel Aviv Scientists Make Melanoma Breakthrough That Can Block Spread Of Skin Cancer

Researchers have uncovered the mechanism of how melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, spreads to other organs in the body. They were also able to identify substances that can revolutionize treatment of this fatal disease.

Medicine August 24, 2016

Smallpox Epidemiologist Donald Ainslie Henderson Dies At 87

Epidemiologist Donald Ainslie Henderson, credited for vanquishing smallpox around the world, has passed away at age 87. Henderson's international war against the virus has saved millions of lives.

Medicine August 21, 2016

Children With Asthma Can Safely Take Tylenol: Study

Findings of a new study may help pacify fears about giving acetaminophen to asthmatic children. A study finds the drug does not worsen symptoms of childhood asthma.

Medicine August 18, 2016

Calcium Supplements Linked To Increased Dementia Risk In Older Women Who Had Stroke

Calcium supplements may help ward off bone damage such as osteoporosis but these may also increase dementia risk in older women who had stroke. Will this change prescribing practices?

Medicine August 18, 2016

New Drug Relieves Pain Like Morphine But Does Not Cause Addiction, Other Side Effects Linked To Opioid Use

The compound PZM21 does not cause side effects associated with use of opioid painkillers. In a study on mice, the drug did not cause respiratory suppression, constipation or addictive behaviors.

Medicine August 17, 2016

Cost Of Life-Saving EpiPen Becoming Too Expensive For Families With Food Allergies

The rising cost of EpiPen becomes too prohibitive for families in the United States with allergies. Some who can no longer afford the device turn to risky alternatives.

Medicine August 16, 2016

Menstrual Pain Reliever Drug Mefenamic Acid Shows Promise As Alzheimer's Disease Treatment

Mefenamic acid, which is used to relieve menstrual pain, has shown promise as treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Additional studies are still needed to determine the drug's effectiveness and side effects in patients with dementia.

Medicine August 12, 2016

FDA Gives Approval To Heron Drug Sustol To Prevent Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea And Vomiting

Federal health regulators finally approved Heron's drug Sustol to prevent chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. What are the side effects of this treatment?

Medicine August 10, 2016

New Drug Can Kill Parasites That Cause Three Neglected Tropical Diseases Affecting Millions Worldwide

The new compound GNF6702 can kill the kinteoplastid parasites that cause the neglected tropical diseases chagas disease, leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness. In a study on mice, treatment did not cause adverse side effects.

Medicine August 9, 2016

Mesoblast Cell Treatment Offers Hope For Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

A new cell treatment by Australian biotech Mesoblast has shown promising results in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers hope to conduct a phase 3 clinical trial as soon as possible.

Medicine August 9, 2016

MIT Scientists Develop Portable Device To Manufacture Biopharmaceuticals On Demand

MIT scientists developed a compact device that can produce a single dose of biopharmaceutical treatment on demand. The system is based on a strain of yeast called Pichia pastoris.

Medicine August 2, 2016

Study Finds No Link Between Erectile Dysfunction Drugs And Prostate Cancer Risk

Can erectile dysfunction drugs lower cancer risk? Prostate cancer diagnosis is nearly the same for men who were prescribed PDE-5is and those who did not take these medicines.

Medicine August 2, 2016

High Doses Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids From Fish Oil Supplements May Help Heart Attack Survivors Heal Better

Heart attack patients who took high doses of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil supplements experienced less decline in heart function and greatest reduction in tissue scarring compared with those who took placebo.

Medicine August 2, 2016

Scientists Find New Antibiotic In Nose Gunk That Can Kill MRSA

Bacteria in the human nose can create the new generation antibiotic that could kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. Findings could lead to new treatments or preventive medicine.

Medicine July 28, 2016

How Safe Are Herbal Supplements? Reports Found 15 Dangerous Ingredients That Could Make You Sick

Are herbal and natural supplements really safe? Consumer Reports just published 15 dangerous ingredients found in these supplements that could actually make you sick and even lead to death.

Medicine July 28, 2016

Flu Vaccine Lowers Heart Failure And Stroke-Related Hospitalization Rates In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes patients who were vaccinated with flu vaccine are less likely to be admitted to the hospital because of stroke and heart failure. They also have lower risk of death during the flu season.

Medicine July 26, 2016

These Bacterium-Mimicking Microbots May Be The Future Of Medicine

Researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (EPFL) and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ) have made a momentous breakthrough that could revolutionize medicine — microbots that can mimic bacterium to transport drugs throughout a patient's body.

Medicine July 25, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Acclarent Settles Medical Device-Related Allegations For $18 Million

J&J's subsidiary Acclarent pays $18 million in U.S. court settlement to resolve accusations related to an unapproved medical device. The marketing and distribution of said device resulted in false claims submitted to Medicare and other federal health programs.

Medicine July 25, 2016

First Medical Marijuana In Florida Ready To Hit Market Next Week

Florida's first medical marijuana store will open next week in Tallahassee. Trulieve is the first company in the state to receive all the required formal authorizations to produce, process and dispense medical cannabis.

Medicine July 21, 2016

Diabetes Drug Tests Show No Clear Survival Benefits

A new review finds no significant difference among type 2 diabetes patients who take antidiabetic drugs and their rates of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. Findings support the official advice that metformin is a good initial disease treatment.

Medicine July 20, 2016

Roche's Blood Cancer Drug Gazyva Fails To Meet Main Endpoints

Swiss drugmaker Roche has announced that the phase III clinical trial for its blood cancer drug did not meet its endpoint. The drug is designed to treat an aggressive form of blood cancer known as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Medicine July 18, 2016

FDA Allows Juno To Resume Anticancer Treatment Study

Juno Therapeutics' cancer study has now been allowed to resume a week after its clinical trials were suspended by the FDA. The trials will continue without a certain chemotherapy drug.

Medicine July 13, 2016

Pregnancy Supplements Could Be A Waste Of Money, Doctors Urge Women To Take Folic Acid And Vitamin D

Are pregnancy supplements really worth the time and money? A new study found that these prenatal multivitamins and minerals do not improve the health of both the mother and baby.

Medicine July 13, 2016

FDA Expands Use Of Pfizer Pneumonia Vaccine Prevnar

The FDA has expanded the use of Pfizer's pneumonia vaccine Prevnar. It can now be used by infants, young children and adults between 18 and 49 years old.

Medicine July 12, 2016

Sage Therapeutics Experimental Drug Could Eliminate Postpartum Depression

An experimental drug for postpartum depression shows success in the clinical trial with no reports of side effects and remissions. The findings could lead to the development of new treatments and new information about the condition.

Medicine July 13, 2016

Estrogen Patches May Reduce Alzheimer's Risk In Postmenopausal Women

An estrogen patch therapy could help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among postmenopausal women. Findings suggest that an earlier hormone replacement treatment could be an effective preventive intervention among newly menopausal women.

Medicine July 13, 2016

Ex-Prisoners Face Higher Risks Of Opioid Overdose Death

Ex-prisoners face higher risks of overdose-related deaths, particularly from opioids, in the period immediately following their release. Findings suggest there is a great need for human intervention including the improved access to naloxone, which blocks the effects of opioid drugs.

Medicine July 9, 2016

Juno Therapeutics Halts Cancer Study After 3 Patient Deaths

A cancer treatment clinical trial by Juno Therapeutics has been put on hold after the death of three leukemia patients. The FDA will coordinate with Juno Therapeutics for the timing of the trial.

Medicine July 7, 2016

Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer Need Genetic Testing: Why?

Men with metastatic prostate cancer should consider getting genetic testing. Results may benefit not just them but also their family members.

Medicine July 7, 2016

Seniors With Access To Medical Cannabis Use Less Prescription Drugs

Is medical marijuana the new painkiller? A report from the CDC finds that seniors and disabled patients with legal access to medical cannabis use less prescription drugs.

Medicine July 7, 2016

Reduced Antibiotic Use Does Not Cause More Complications

Lowering antibiotic prescriptions for self-limiting respiratory infections did not increase the risk of complications. The findings could help general practitioners in educating their patients and helping them opt for non-antibiotic treatment methods.

Medicine July 6, 2016

Antidepressant Prescriptions In England Doubled To 61 Million In A Decade

Prescriptions for antidepressants in England doubled in just 10 years. Experts say it could partly be due to the increased awareness of mental illnesses and more people seeking medical help.

Medicine July 6, 2016

Artificial Pancreas For Type 1 Diabetics Hopefully Ready In 2 Years

The first artificial pancreas in the world could hit the market as soon as 2018, concluded UK researchers in a new review. Note, however, that this device that could vastly benefit type 1 diabetes patients is still facing several challenges.

Medicine July 5, 2016

Programmable RNA Vaccines Fight Against Influenza, Ebola In Mice

A new type of programmable vaccine has been found to be 100 percent effective against influenza, Ebola and other parasites in mice. The vaccine's unique process can revolutionize the way vaccines are deployed during outbreaks.

Medicine July 4, 2016

Brexit Leads To Drug Price Surge, Denies Patients NHS Life-Saving Drugs

Thousands of UK patients could suffer delays in the purchase of medicine and services that could save their lives due to the post-Brexit drug price surge. This raised concerns that the NHS might not be able to buy some medicines.

Medicine July 4, 2016

New Cancer Therapy Method: Ultraviolet Light May Soon Replace Chemotherapy

A new method of killing cancer cells makes use of ultraviolet light. This novel cancer therapy targets tumors alone and can be beneficial to patients with problematic tumors in the brain stem, spine and aorta.

Medicine July 4, 2016

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