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FDA Recalls Common High Blood Pressure Drug With Valsartan Due To Cancer-Causing Ingredient

FDA announced a voluntary recall of common heart drug with active ingredient valsartan. The announcement was made a week after 22 countries had conducted their separate recalls of the same valsartan products.

Medicine July 14, 2018

Scientists Use CRISPR To Engineer Cancer Cells That Kill Own Tumor

Researchers were able to shrink the tumor in mice that were introduced with therapeutic protein-infused cancer cells, thanks to CRISPR. Can this lead to a potential cancer cure?

Medicine July 12, 2018

Experimental Anti-Aging Drugs Reduce Infections, Boost Immune System Of Older Adults

Elderly participants of a clinical trial who received low doses of mTOR inhibitor drugs RAD001 and BEZ235 had fewer infections compared with those who received placebo. What were the other effects of these anti-aging drugs?

Medicine July 12, 2018

Scientists Wipe Out Over 80 Percent Of Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes In Experiments

Australian scientists successfully wiped out more than 80 percent of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations carried out in the northeastern state of Queensland, Australia. Female mosquitoes were found unable to reproduce properly after scientists introduced sterile males to the population.

Medicine July 11, 2018

Hormone Therapy For Transgender Women Increases Risk Of Blood Clots And Strokes

A study revealed that transgender women receiving hormone therapy are at higher risk of suffering from cardiovascular problems. Does this mean that they should stop taking estrogen to support their transition from male to female?

Medicine July 10, 2018

Common Heart Medication Recalled In 22 Countries For Possibly Containing Carcinogenic Chemical

Why is a commonly prescribed drug being recalled in 22 countries? Authorities learned that certain batches of an active ingredient are tainted with a possibly carcinogenic chemical.

Medicine July 7, 2018

‘Mosaic’ HIV Vaccine Shows Promise In First Human Trial

An experimental HIV vaccine showed promise of protecting healthy adults from contracting the deadly virus that killed millions of people in the past years. The drug showed it could boost the immune responses against HIV.

Medicine July 7, 2018

4-Year-Old Takes First Independent Steps After Spine Surgery: What Is Cerebral Palsy?

A young girl just took her first steps weeks after a spinal surgery to help her be more mobile even with cerebral palsy. What Maya has is the most common motor disability among children.

Medicine July 6, 2018

‘Supramolecular’ Drug Assembled Like LEGO Pieces Promises Cure Against Cancer

Scientists created a drug using a self-assembling supramolecular system. The drug was designed to perform two jobs in one take: release the major immune cells in the body and stop certain cells from helping cancer cells grow.

Medicine July 4, 2018

Artificial Ovary Treatment Could Help Women Have Babies After Chemotherapy

There could be another way for women to have children after going through fertility-damaging cancer treatments. Researchers from Denmark successfully produced an artificial ovary that can keep humans eggs alive for weeks at a time.

Medicine July 2, 2018

FDA Approves Cloth Drug That Combats Excessive Armpit Sweating

A drug-infused cloth that can prevent the activation of sweat glands has been approved by the FDA as a drug to combat excessive armpit sweating. It only needs to be wiped on the skin once a day.

Medicine June 30, 2018

California Doctor On Probation For Exempting 2-Year-Old From Vaccines

A California doctor is now facing 35 months of probation as a result of a vaccine exemption note he wrote four years ago. Why did he write the note in the first place?

Medicine June 30, 2018

Teen Girl Declared Brain Dead 5 Years Ago Dies After Surgery

Jahi McMath has died after years of being at the center of a brain death debate. Her ordeal began almost five years ago and she has even sparked the 'Jahi McMath Effect.'

Medicine June 29, 2018

Two Young Siblings Diagnosed With Brain Tumor Just Weeks Apart, What Is Medulloblastoma?

Four-year-old Noah Avery was diagnosed with medulloblastoma just days after his sister had an operation to remove the same type of tumor. What could have caused this twin diagnosis?

Medicine June 29, 2018

New Drug Can Save Thousands Of Women From Excessive Bleeding Following Childbirth

Women who suffer from hemorrhage after childbirth are normally given oxytocin. However, oxytocin is difficult to transport and store in sites where refrigeration is not available.

Medicine June 28, 2018

An Insulin Pill Could Soon Replace Injections For Diabetics

Scientific efforts to create a non-invasive insulin pill continue. A new research takes on a new approach, coating insulin liquid with a special enzyme that prevents stomach acid from breaking it down, and the results are encouraging.

Medicine June 26, 2018

Opioid Crisis: Children Below 6 Years Old Are Unintentionally Overdosing On Drug Called Buprenorphine

A recent study found that children as young as 5 years old are accidentally overdosing on a drug called buprenorphine. The drug, which is an opiate itself, was meant to treat opioid addiction among adults.

Medicine June 26, 2018

FDA Approves First Marijuana-Based Drug In US: Here's What You Need To Know About Epidiolex

The Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex, the first marijuana-based drug in the United States. Epidiolex is for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures in children as young as 1-year-old.

Medicine June 27, 2018

1-Year-Old Needs Bleach Baths Every Week For Rare Skin Disorder: What Is Harlequin Ichthyosis?

An infant was given no life expectancy when he was born with harlequin ichthyosis last May 2017. The severe genetic disorder primarily affects the skin and is caused by a mutation in the ABCA12 gene.

Medicine June 22, 2018

New Flu Vaccine Works Better Than Typical Flu Shot, But Only A Little

The United States is trying to create a new kind of vaccine that works better in protecting people against influenza. Flucelvax, a vaccine made in cell cultures instead of chicken eggs, could be the answer.

Medicine June 22, 2018

Man Wins Lawsuit For $18.4 Million Where Doctors Failed To Test Him For HIV

A man who contracted HIV and then AIDS, as a result, won an $18.4 million lawsuit. Doctors canceled an HIV test that would've showed he had the disease.

Medicine June 21, 2018

FDA May Approve First Marijuana-Derived Epilepsy Drug: But Why Are Some Parents Worried?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will soon decide whether it will approve Epidiolex, a cannabis-derived epilepsy drug from GW Pharmaceuticals. However, some Americans are worried about what the implications will be on existing laws on cannabis products.

Medicine June 20, 2018

Diabetes Onset After 50 Could Be An Early Pancreatic Cancer Indicator: Study

A new study indicates that the onset of Type 2 diabetes after the age of 50 could be an early sign of pancreatic cancer. That's the deadliest form of cancer with just an 8 percent overall five-year survival rate.

Medicine June 18, 2018

Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked To Reduced Breast Cancer Risks

Researchers found that great amounts of vitamin D may reduce the risks of developing breast cancer in women. The beneficial levels were found to be much higher than the current daily recommendations.

Medicine June 17, 2018

Psychiatrist's License Suspended For Spanking Patients With Whips

Psychiatrists often combine talk therapy with medication to treat their patients. A Tennessee psychiatrist got her medical license suspended for treating her patients by hitting them with whips.

Medicine June 16, 2018

Female Viagra: Women’s Libido Pill Returns Through Online Prescription Service

A pharmaceutical company reintroduced a pill that promises to increase libidos among women. The drug, dubbed as the ‘female Viagra’ and was first approved in 2015, would be available through online prescription service.

Medicine June 14, 2018

Dementia Risk Linked To High Blood Pressure At Age 50, New Study Finds

Researchers found a link between high blood pressure and the increased risk for dementia in people aged 50. The finding came as a result of a long-term cohort study conducted on civil servants from 1985 to 2003.

Medicine June 13, 2018

Birth Control Pills, Other Common Prescription Drugs May Cause Depression And Suicide

A study found that more than one-third of adults are unknowingly opening themselves to the risk of depression and suicide by taking some common prescription drugs. The study also noted the increased practice of polypharmacy among adults.

Medicine June 13, 2018

Study Finds That 1 In 3 Adults Are On Prescription Drugs With Depression As A Side Effect

A new study revealed that one-third of adults in the United States might be taking prescription medicine that is linked to depression. The researchers found that most people may not be aware of this.

Medicine June 13, 2018

UA Student Paralyzed During Trip To Spain Must Now Raise $50,000 For Flight Home

A student from Arizona was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease while traveling in Spain. She became stuck in the country and now has to take a special medical flight to get back home.

Medicine June 12, 2018

Researchers Studying Rats Invent A Gastric Bypass 'Surgery In A Pill' That Could Cure Obesity, Diabetes

Gastric bypass surgery is typically used to help obese patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. Researchers invented a pill that could be used as an alternative to the surgery.

Medicine June 12, 2018

Baby Who Underwent Pioneering Face Surgery Survives To 1st Birthday

A baby boy who underwent a pioneering facial surgery in order to survive was able to make to its first birthday. He wouldn't have been able to survive if he would've swallowed his own saliva.

Medicine June 11, 2018

Anti-Stress Vaccine Could Soon Make Brains Resilient To Depression

Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder said that immunization for stress might be on the horizon. The team created a possible vaccine from natural bacteria that could buffer the negative effects of stress on the brain.

Medicine June 9, 2018

Blood Test Can Predict Due Date And Premature Delivery Risk Of Pregnant Women

Worldwide, 15 million infants are born prematurely each year. A research team's new blood test development could help detect such types of birth, potentially reducing its complications beforehand.

Medicine June 8, 2018

Doctors Cure Woman Of Late-Stage Breast Cancer By Injecting Her With Billions Of Immune Cells

Doctors successfully cured a woman of late-stage breast cancer using a new form of therapy. The groundbreaking new treatment harnesses the patient’s own immune cells to kill off cancerous ones.

Medicine June 6, 2018

Millions Of Americans May Have Wrong Prescription For Heart Medicine: Here's What You Should Do

More than 11 million Americans may have been issued wrong prescriptions for drugs to prevent heart attacks and strokes. If you think you are one of them, this is what you should do.

Medicine June 7, 2018

Researchers Say 11 Million Americans Are Taking The Wrong Aspirin, Statins, And Blood Pressure Medications

A new study reveals that 11 million Americans might be taking the wrong medicine to prevent cardiovascular disease. The pooled cohort equations (PCEs) likely have outdated data.

Medicine June 6, 2018

Aspirin Taken With Antacids Can Slow The Progression Of Esophageal Cancer

An aspirin-antacid combination therapy can reduce the risks of cancer for patients with Barrett’s esophagus. Most cases of esophageal cancer are preceded with Barrett’s esophagus.

Medicine June 6, 2018

Scientists Convert 1 ML Of Human Blood Into 50,000 Neurons

Scientists successfully transformed human blood cells into nerve cells. This study is instrumental in achieving a deeper understanding of neurological disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

Medicine June 5, 2018

Researchers Say New 4-Drug Chemo 'Cocktail' Could Be A Pancreatic Cancer Breakthrough Treatment

A new four-drug combo called Folfirinox could add two additional years of survival to pancreatic cancer patients. The treatment will have to undergo more testing before becoming widely available.

Medicine June 4, 2018

Man Sues CVS After An Employee Reveals Viagra Prescription To His Wife

A man from Long Island, New York is suing CVS after an employee told his wife about his Viagra prescription. The man claims that by doing this, it has caused their marriage to 'break down.'

Medicine June 4, 2018

Americans Spend $12,000 For Colorectal Cancer Chemotherapy While Canadians Spend $6,000

A new study revealed that Americans spent $12,345 per month for the same colorectal cancer chemotherapy as Canadians, who spent only $6,195 per month. The survival outcomes were identical.

Medicine June 4, 2018

Women With Certain Breast Cancer Type Can Safely Skip Chemotherapy: What Are The Side Effects Of Endocrine Therapy?

Women with breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy and opt for endocrine or hormonal therapy instead. However, related studies have shown that endocrine therapy presents a myriad of adverse events.

Medicine June 4, 2018

Immunotherapy Drug Keytruda Halts 'Untreatable' Prostate Cancer In Some Men

In a new trial, about 38 percent of prostate cancer patients who used pembrolizumab (Keytruda) were still alive after a year on the treatment. The immunotherapy drug also stopped the tumor growth in 11 percent of patients.

Medicine June 3, 2018

About 60,000 US Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Chemotherapy: Study

The TAILORx study showed that the genomic test Oncotype DX can help determine if a breast cancer patient can safely get hormone therapy alone. Who can skip chemotherapy?

Medicine June 3, 2018

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