The Food and Drug Administration warned the public against using the herbal supplement Kratom because of its addictive properties. The unregulated supplement, which is used to treat pain, anxiety and drug dependence, is linked to 44 deaths.
Public Health February 7, 2018
Two men were sentenced to prison for possession of heroin and fentanyl, with intent to distribute the drugs. Police seized from them 45 kilograms of fentanyl, which contained over 18 million lethal doses of the powerful opioid.
Public Health January 30, 2018
A national survey found that teens like pot and vaping, but alcohol, cigarette, and drug use is otherwise low compared to other years. Opioid misuse has also hit historic lows among teens.
Public Health December 15, 2017
Latest figures from the CDC showed that deaths by drug overdose in the United States have risen by around 20 percent in 2016. What's behind the increase in death rate?
Public Health November 4, 2017
Japanese scientists have genetically engineered hens to lay eggs that contain interferon beta, a type of protein used as treatment for malignant skin cancer and hepatitis. Here's how they did it.
Medicine October 9, 2017
PPI drugs, which are used to treat heartburn and reduce stomach acid, are linked to higher risk of early death. Does this mean that people who take these medications should stop using them?
Medicine July 5, 2017
Participants in a new study who took proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) emerged with a 25 percent higher risk of death from heartburn drugs. Learn more about the potential dangers of this class of heartburn medications.
Medicine July 4, 2017
Two people were transporting drug evidence when fentanyl leaked through a box. The incident became a hazmat situation and prompted GBI's Crime Lab to modify current procedures for repackaging and returning drug evidence.
Public Health June 30, 2017
Kenya is the first African country to get a generic version of dolutegravir, the current first-line drug for people living with HIV. Experts also highlight the continuing importance of antiretroviral therapy in tackling HIV/AIDS.
Public Health June 28, 2017
Veteran Affairs hospitals have more cases of opioid and drug theft than private hospitals. Doctors and other employees in VA medical centers and clinics are suspected to be behind the missing drugs.
Public Health May 30, 2017
Keytruda, Merck's immunotherapy drug, now enjoys FDA drug approval. In a bold move, the agency OK'd the drug based on specific genetic features, not where the tumor originally appeared in the body.
Medicine May 24, 2017
A new study links routine use of common over-the-counter painkillers to an increased risk of heart attack. Read more about the dangers of NSAIDs and the association made between these NSAIDs and heart attack.
Medicine May 10, 2017
An 11-year-old boy who purchased a second-hand copy of 'Grand Theft Auto V' discovered a small packet containing a white substance hidden in the manual's pages. The substance turned out to be methamphetamine, or meth.
Video Games May 10, 2017
Heroin addiction, especially among the whites in the United States, has experienced a rise. The rise in heroin addiction is attributed to the wrongful use of prescribed opioids.
Public Health March 31, 2017
An overdose of fentanyl is known to cause several thousand deaths each year. Here's a detailed look at the various symptoms and signs of fentanyl overdose and abuse.
Medicine March 19, 2017
The United Nations has put chemical ingredients used in the production of the illicit drug fentanyl and a similar substance under its international watch list. What does it mean for America’s drug abuse crisis?
Public Health March 17, 2017
New research has shown the negative effects of cocaine on sons of male rats. Male children of cocaine-using fathers could suffer from cognitive impairment and memory loss.
Neuroscience March 3, 2017
The WHO has published its first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens,” which details the 12 superbugs believed to pose the greatest threat to human health. Find out what these drug-resistant bacteria are.
Public Health February 28, 2017
Findings from new research offered insight into how the brain prrocesses meaning when people use drugs like LSD. According to the study, specific receptors and neuro-chemicals in the brain are responsible for such changes.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 28, 2017
Access to life-saving drugs is crucial for astronauts who will be sent for manned mission to Mars. An artificial leaf powered by sunlight may serve as a mini-factory of medicines on the red planet.
Space December 22, 2016
An artificial leaf powered by sunlight copies nature's ability to produce food through photosynthesis. The device can be used to produce drug compounds in remote places such as planet Mars.
Energy December 21, 2016
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
A DNA nanobot can release drugs when it is heated using electromagnetic energy. How can it change the way mental health problems such as schizophrenia are treated?
Neuroscience August 28, 2016
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
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
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
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
Sileo drug for dogs is the first and only FDA approved medication to help furry friends deal with noise aversion, which they could suffer from during the forthcoming July Fourth fireworks.
Animals July 2, 2016
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
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
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
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
One teen shares her mom's shock when her mom thinks she has found drugs in her daughter's room -- but it was actually these toys.
Viral June 9, 2016
A breakthrough fabrication method developed by scientists in Singapore can be adjusted to suit every patient's personalized medication. This invention is in the form of 3D-printed pills.
Medicine May 30, 2016
As the problem of antibiotic resistance in the U.S. escalates with the discovery of the superbug mcr-1 gene in the country, drug industry experts are calling for new financial incentives for antibiotic research and development.
Medicine May 28, 2016
Drink spiking is not a myth. In fact, students in U.S. universities often fall victim to drug lacing while out partying with friends.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 25, 2016
University of Copenhagen researchers recently genetically modified microalgae to transform sunlight into microalgae compounds for medication - a potentially cheap alternative to cancer drugs and other expensive compounds today.
Energy May 23, 2016
Cancer charities in the UK are concerned about the impending changes in the Cancer Drugs Fund. The groups believe it would be much more difficult to get approval for innovative medicines from NICE.
Medicine May 18, 2016
The U.S. currently has equipment to locate land mines, natural gas and oil deposits. However, none of these items are advanced enough to handle the detection of tunnels.
Defense April 29, 2016
Long-term intake of a common drug used to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcers may lead to an increased risk of kidney disease and kidney failure, new study has found.
Life April 18, 2016
A certain class of drugs used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease has been linked to Impulsive control disorders that increase risk of compulsive gambling, shopping, eating etc.
Life April 9, 2016
Pedophiles experience a surge of hypersexuality and aggression, which leads them to assault children, experts say. A research is looking at how a new drug could help tame and stop these pedophilic tendencies.
Life April 9, 2016
The Drug Enforcement Administration discloses plans to decide on changing the federal status of marijuana in the next few months, potentially reclassifying it from a Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 drug. The move is seen to help researchers better study the potential uses of medical cannabis.
Life April 7, 2016
A report has found that drug companies have increased the price of popular medications over the last five years. The increases were said to be 100 percent or more than 50 percent than the previous prices.
Life April 4, 2016
The medicine particles are alive with the sound of music, particularly AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck.' Researchers found that playing the classic 1990s song improves the drug's cancer-fighting effects. No kidding.
Life April 4, 2016