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

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

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