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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

Existing Leukemia Drug May Help Fight Specific Ovarian Cancer

Preliminary tests of an existing leukemia drug showed promise in helping fight a specific type of ovarian cancer. Since the drug is already approved and proven safe, this could lead to fast development and rollout of new, personalized treatments.

Medicine July 3, 2016

Paracetamol May Increase Child’s Future Autism Risk Among Pregnant Women

Women who take paracetamol during their pregnancies could be increasing their child's future autism risk. A new study finds that children exposed to the drug have higher risks of developing autism spectrum symptoms by as much as 30 percent.

Medicine July 2, 2016

Hundreds Of Clinics In The US Are Selling Unapproved Stem Cell Treatments

A federal oversight led to hundreds of companies and clinics offering unapproved stem cell treatments across the United States. These therapies, which offer solutions — from skin aging to spinal cord injuries, could cause serious harm to patients.

Medicine July 1, 2016

Stem Cell Research May Help ALS Patients, Study Shows Promise But Has Yet to Confirm Benefits

Scientists test the safety of large quantity stem cell injections in 15 ALS patients. The initial findings show promise but have yet to confirm if the therapy benefits patients in the long run.

Medicine June 30, 2016

Could Cannabis Fight Against Alzheimer's? Marijuana Ingredient Helps Remove Plaque From Brain Cells

A compound found in marijuana may help remove plaques from brain cells that signify Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. The findings may someday lead to treatments for the debilitating brain disorder.

Medicine June 30, 2016

Future Beyond Cancer: What Makes Biden's Cancer Moonshot A Massive Breakthrough?

Cancer Moonshot 2020, a national initiative led by VP Joe Biden, aims to double the rate of progress in cancer research and ultimately put an end to the disease. But what makes it a real game changer?

Medicine June 29, 2016

This New Technology Could Deliver Drugs And Nanoparticles To Brain Injuries

A new technology based on peptides may help doctors deliver drugs to injured brains areas without invasive means. The procedure could assist patients of traumatic brain injuries such as mild concussions.

Medicine June 29, 2016

FDA Approves Gilead Drug That Can Treat All Forms Of Hepatitis C Virus

FDA green-lighted the first drug that can treat all major forms of the viral disease hepatitis C. How effective is Gilead's Epclusa and how much does it cost?

Medicine June 29, 2016

Marijuana-Derived Drug Effective In Treating Rare Form Of Epilepsy

Once again, GW Pharmaceuticals' Epidiolex drug has been found to be effective in treating the symptoms of a rare form of childhood epilepsy. The company hopes the drug will be approved by the FDA soon.

Medicine June 29, 2016

State Laws Have Little Effect On Opioid Overdose Among Disabled Workers: Study

Opioid-related state laws have little effect on misuse and overdose cases among disabled Medicare beneficiaries. Report findings suggest that laws passed between 2006 and 2012 failed to address the fundamental pain and isolation that lead many Americans toward opioid abuse.

Medicine June 27, 2016

AstraZeneca's FluMist Vaccine Fails Again, CDC Recommends Shots This Flu Season

AstraZeneca's FluMist failed to protect children for three consecutive years, causing an expert panel to recommend traditional flu shots to children this coming flu season. The recommendation could pose problems on vaccine supply this fall.

Medicine June 23, 2016

Patient Position During Breast MRI May Influence Success Of Tumor Removal During Lumpectomy

Breast cancer patients often lie face down during MRI scans but lie face up during lumpectomy. How does the patient's position during presurgical MRI affect success of tumor removal?

Medicine June 23, 2016

Apps Offer Online Birth Control To Women As Young As 14

Here's a list of birth control apps that deliver contraceptive prescription services to one's smartphone. How do these apps affect in-person doctor visits and rates of teen contraception?

Medicine June 22, 2016

Pharma-Sponsored Meals Linked To More Prescriptions From Doctors

Drug prescription behaviors can change with free meals for doctors that cost $20 or less, reports a new study. The research is another look at how gifts from drug companies affect the rate of prescriptions for branded drugs.

Medicine June 28, 2016

World's First Zika Vaccine Ready For Human Clinical Trials

The world's first Zika vaccine will start human clinical trials in the next few weeks after getting FDA approval on Monday, June 20. The GLS-5700 vaccine could be instrumental in fighting the global Zika virus epidemic.

Medicine June 21, 2016

Atrial Fibrillation Patients With Stroke Risk Often Prescribed Wrong Medicine

Nearly 40 percent of patients with heart problem that can cause stroke are prescribed the wrong medicine. Why are atrial fibrillation patients treated with aspirin and not the recommended blood thinner?

Medicine June 20, 2016

Doctors More Likely To Prescribe Branded Drugs Of Companies That Sponsor Their Meals: Study

One study reveals doctors who enjoy free meals sponsored by pharmaceutical companies are more likely to prescribe certain brands of medicine. But is this promotional practice ethical?

Medicine June 21, 2016

Sleep Apnea May Raise Heart Attack Risk In People Who Had Angioplasty To Clear Blocked Arteries

Patients who underwent angioplasty to clear blocked arteries are at greater risk for heart attack or stroke if they have untreated sleep apnea. How do sleep disorders damage the heart?

Medicine June 17, 2016

New Tool Can Estimate Cancer Patient Survival Time

A new tool from UCLA called Survival Analysis of mRNA Isoform Variation (SURVIV) is hoped to predict cancer patient survival time better than conventional gene-based predictions.

Medicine June 16, 2016

Viagra Boosts Blood Flow, Reduces Heart Attack Risk In Men

Viagra not only improves sex life by treating erectile dysfunction, but also boosts the flow of blood and helps prevent heart failure. A new study found that the 'little blue pill' can help prevent heart attacks among male diabetic patients.

Medicine June 16, 2016

Qsymia Dominates Among Weight Loss Drugs In Slashing 5 Percent Of Body Weight

Qsymia emerged as the top-performing among FDA-approved and over-the-counter weight loss drugs in a new meta-analysis. The drug proved to be the best in slashing 5 percent of body weight among overweight or obese individuals.

Medicine June 15, 2016

Over Half Of Patients Prescribed With Opioid Painkillers Receive Extra, Many Share Them

Patients are getting more opioid painkillers than what they really need, a new study found. Many share their opioid medications with others and do not receive adequate information on how to properly store and dispose of them.

Medicine June 14, 2016

Liraglutide Safely Lowers Cardiovascular Risk By 13 Percent In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

After almost four years of clinical trials, a study on liraglutide has finally concluded. Results showed that the injectable drug can reduce cardiovascular risk by 13 percent in patients with type 2 diabetes, without any serious adverse effects.

Medicine June 14, 2016

US Will Invest $200 Million To Reduce Organ Transplant Wait List

The U.S. government announced a $200 million investment for reducing the long wait list of organ transplant patients. The government will work with private organizations to increase the number of organ donor registrations.

Medicine June 14, 2016

Experimental Hodgkin's Lymphoma Drug Offers Hope For Young Cancer Patients

An experimental drug is giving hope to patients suffering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, an aggressive type of blood cancer. In a successful phase 1 trial, the drug nivolumab delivered 'considerable' reductions in the tumors of about 66.3 percent of the patients.

Medicine June 13, 2016

FDA-Approved Drug Clears Psoriasis In Long-Term Clinical Trials

The new drug called ixekizumab completely or almost completely cleared psoriasis in affected patients who participated in three clinical trials. What are the side effects of the treatment?

Medicine June 13, 2016

Car Crashes No Longer The Leading Cause Of Accidental Deaths In The US

Vehicular accidents are no longer the number one cause of accidental deaths in the United States. Instead, a growing number of Americans die unintentionally because of drug overdoses.

Medicine June 12, 2016

Canada Could Legalize Recreational Marijuana As Soon As 2017

The use of recreational marijuana could already be legal in Canada as soon as next year, with its leaders pursuing legislation soon. Legalizing marijuana in Canada could open up a big market for U.S. traders, too.

Medicine June 12, 2016

Vitamin Deficiency Linked To Recurrent And Chronic Migraines: Can Supplements Help?

Migraine patients were found to be deficient in riboflavin, coenzyme Q10, vitamin D and folate. Can vitamin supplements help sufferers?

Medicine June 11, 2016

Doctors Stop Multiple Sclerosis With Stem Cell Transplant

A combination of chemotherapy and stem cell transplant offers new treatment and hope for patients suffering from aggressive multiple sclerosis. However, the new procedure comes with many risks and is not advisable for patients with advanced disabilities.

Medicine June 11, 2016

FDA, International Regulators Take Action Against Online Drug Stores Selling Illegal Prescription Meds

The FDA worked with other international agencies to take action against online drug pharmacies that sell illegal prescription drugs. The agency already called for the suspension of more than 4,000 websites as part of Operation Pangea IX.

Medicine June 10, 2016

New Alzheimer's Blood Test Is Nearly 100 Percent Accurate In Trials

This new blood test can accurately detect the potential of people to develop an early stage of Alzheimer's. It identifies a certain biomarker that is often seen in Alzheimer’s patients 10 years before the onset of the disease.

Medicine June 10, 2016

California To Allow Terminally Ill Patients To Take Life-Ending Drugs

Assisted suicide in California is taking effect on June 9, Thursday, after being passed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. Religious groups and other parties continue to oppose the End of Life Option Act while some physicians are wondering where to draw the line.

Medicine June 9, 2016

Medical Marijuana Is Now Legal In Ohio

Ohio finally legalizes the use of medical marijuana. The law, which will take effect in 90 days, includes 20 medical conditions to which marijuana derivatives may be used as a treatment.

Medicine June 9, 2016

Most Antidepressants Are Ineffective In Treating Teens With Depression

Most antidepressants do not help curb the symptoms of depression in kids and teens, a new study revealed. Certain antidepressants were linked to increased suicidal thoughts.

Medicine June 9, 2016

Two Stem Cell Transplants May Increase Survival Chances Of Kids With Neuroblastoma

Children with high-risk neuroblastoma will survive longer if given two stem cell transplants. Researchers also found that giving an additional immunotherapy on top of chemotherapy increases survival rates significantly.

Medicine June 8, 2016

New Blood Test To Help Doctors Pick Best Treatment For Patients With Depression

Doctors can now tailor the type of antidepressant treatment they prescribe their patients to produce better outcomes through the use of a newly developed blood test. This new diagnostic focuses on identifying inflammation markers in patients' blood.

Medicine June 8, 2016

Oxycodone Can Still Be Extracted From Pfizer's Opioid Painkiller: FDA

Pfizer's experimental, long-acting opioid painkiller can be subjected to manipulation and abuse. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's advisory committees will discuss on June 8 whether the drug should be approved.

Medicine June 7, 2016

Bladder Cancer Drug Atezolizumab Proved To Be Effective As Initial Treatment

The recently approved atezolizumab (brand name Tecentriq) showed to be promising as a first-option treatment for patients with advanced bladder cancer, according to new data presented Sunday.

Medicine June 6, 2016

New Antibody-based Treatment Extends Survival Of Patients With Stomach Cancer

A novel antibody therapy was found to improve survival rates of patients with stomach cancer. The drug functions by exposing the cancer cells to the body's immune system.

Medicine June 6, 2016

Europe Gives Approval To World's First Gene Therapy For Children

The European Commission has approved the world's first gene therapy for children suffering from ADA-SCID, a rare disorder closely linked to the "bubble boy" disease. The new treatment uses gene-editing techniques to fix the faulty gene.

Medicine June 6, 2016

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