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Drug Overdose Kills 4 In Georgia, Authorities Blame Unknown Yellow Pills

Four people died due to a drug overdose in south and central Georgia. Many individuals were rushed to the ER after swallowing an unknown street drug or yellow pill.

Public Health June 7, 2017

Opioid And Drug Theft Rampant At Veterans Affairs Hospitals: Report

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

In A First, FDA OKs Cancer Treatment For Tumors With Specific Genetic Feature

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

Painkillers Up Risk Of Heart Attack, But Here's Why Your Doctor Will Not Stop You From Taking Them

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

11-Year-Old Buys Second-Hand Copy Of 'GTA V' From GameStop, Gets A Free Bag Of Meth

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 Rises In White People, Says New Study

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

Kids Exposed To Prescription Opioids: US Poison Control Centers Get 1 Call Every 45 Minutes

New research has shared that children are exposed to prescription opioids more frequently than thought. The US Poison Control Center receives one call every 45 minutes related to poisoning.

Medicine March 20, 2017

Fentanyl Overdose: Symptoms And Treatment Of Drug Abuse

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

Counterfeit Machines Playing Critical Role In Getting Fake Pills To Americans

Counterfeit pill presses have been seized by the U.S. customs. The easy availability of fentanyl and counterfeit pill press machines made it easier to process pills.

Public Health March 18, 2017

Fentanyl Analogue And Chemical Ingredients Make It To UN’s List Of International Controlled Substances

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

Cocaine: What Happens To The Son If The Father Uses It

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

Roche Breast Cancer Drug Shows Positive Results In Clinical Trials

A clinical trial was conducted to test the results of Roche drugs on breast cancer patients. The trial with the drug combo showed positive results on the patients and was quite successful.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 2, 2017

‘Priority Pathogens’: WHO Sounds Alarm On These 12 Superbugs

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

Drug Overdose Cases On The Rise In Louisville, 52 Cases Reported Within 32 Hours

Louisville recently reported 52 drug cases in 32 hours, throwing the state in frenzy. The overdoses were caused due to consumption of heroin and synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Public Health February 15, 2017

Researchers Gain Insight Into How The Brain Perceives Meaning With Help From LSD

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

Solar-Powered Artificial Leaf Can Produce Drugs For Sick Astronauts In Mars

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

Artificial Leaf Can Act As Mini-Factory Of Drugs Anywhere There Is Sunlight

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

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

DNA Nanobot That Releases Drugs Using Mind Control May Alter Course Of Mental Health Treatment

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

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

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

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

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 FDA-Approved Drug Can Calm Anxious Dogs During Fourth Of July Fireworks

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 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

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

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

Mom Shocked To Find Drugs In Daughter's Room ... But More Surprised They Were Really These

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

Scientists Design 3D-Printed Pills For Personalized Medicine: How It Works

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

Financial Incentives Needed In Fight Against Superbugs

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 Prevalent Among US University Students: Study

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

Modified Microalgae Turns Sunlight Into Cheap Drug

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 Express Concern Over Changes To Cancer Drugs Fund

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

US Sets Aside $121 Million for Israel’s Underground Tunnel-Detecting Technology

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

Common Heartburn Drugs Up Your Risk For Kidney Failure

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

Commonly Prescribed Parkinson's Drugs Up Risk Of Compulsive Gambling, Shopping, Binge Eating, Hyper Sexuality

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

Clinical Trial To See If Degarelix Drug May Cure Pedophiles

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

DEA May Downgrade Marijuana From Schedule 1 Drug

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

Drug Companies Increase Prices Of Popular Medications: Report

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

Scientists Use AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' To Speed Up Cancer Drug Delivery

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

New Study Links Diabetes Drug To Higher Risk Of Bladder Cancer

Intake of the drug Pioglitazone may have the potential to increase bladder cancer risk by 63 percent. The drug is primarily taken to control the blood sugar levels of diabetic patients.

LIFE April 1, 2016

Fungi In Space Station May Pave Way For New Medicines, Cheaper Drugs

NASA and USC will send four strains of Aspergillus nidulans fungus to the ISS. The fungi experiment could pave way for new medicines that can treat cancer, Alzheimer's and osteoporosis.

Space March 30, 2016

If Health Insurance Isn't Good Enough, Will 'Drug Loans' Help Cover For Expensive Cancer, Hepatitis C Drugs?

Drug loans or health care loans (HCL) are proposed to provide patients with payment terms for expensive Hepatitis C and cancer drugs. HCL was presented to an MIT conference, with insurance companies in attendance.

LIFE March 30, 2016

Medical Experts Call On Governments To Decriminalize Minor Drug Offenses

A global health commission issues an important call to change current policies against drug wars. As a start, it wants to decriminalize minor drug offenses.

LIFE March 25, 2016

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