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Study Shows Significant Number Of Antibiotic Prescriptions Are Not Necessary

Researchers found that 23 percent of prescription antibiotics were handed to patients who might not need them. They warned that the high rate of antibiotics prescription is contributing to the rise of superbugs.

Medicine January 19, 2019

Chocolate-Based Treatment Works Better Than Cough Syrup, Study Finds

The ROCOCO study found patients who received the cocoa-based medicine had significant improvement in their symptoms. It also reduced cough frequency and sleep disruption within two days. What were the side effects?

Medicine January 16, 2019

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise Against Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

A new study found that hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is more effective in treating some cases of multiple sclerosis than currently available drugs. After the procedure, the progression of the autoimmune disease significantly slowed down in the majority of patients.

Medicine January 16, 2019

Microneedle Contraceptive Patch Can Give 1 Month Protection Minus The Hassle Of Pills

Scientists developed a contraceptive patch that only needs to be administered once a month. It works by injecting microneedles under the skin that will release a contraceptive hormone into the body over time.

Medicine January 15, 2019

Man Who Took Excessive Erectile Dysfunction Drug Suffered Vision Problems

A man who is in his mid-50s complained of several eye problems after drinking a bottle of liquid sildenafil, an erectile dysfunction medicine. Doctors said the patient saw 'doughnut-shaped' spots in both his eyes.

Medicine January 12, 2019

Louisiana Pushes For Netflix-Subscription Style In Buying Hepatitis C Drugs

Louisiana said it was adopting a Netflix-subscription model in order to pay for expensive hepatitis C medications. On Thursday, the state sent solicitation to find a drug manufacturer as partner.

Medicine January 11, 2019

Confusion In Handwritten Prescription Causes Woman To Use Erectile Dysfunction Cream For Dry Eye

A woman who bought a lubricant for her dry eye ended up being given an erectile dysfunction cream. This resulted to an ocular chemical injury, no thanks to the mix up in the prescription.

Medicine January 9, 2019

Chicago Hospital Makes History With Back-To-Back Triple Organ Transplants

A team of surgeons from the University of Chicago Medicine created history by successfully performing back-to-back triple organ transplants. The surgeries lasting 17 and 20 hours replaced failing heart, liver, and kidney of two 29-year-old patients.

Medicine January 5, 2019

12-Year-Old Girl In A Comatose Due To Staph Infection

12-year-old Deja Smith is fighting for her life from a deadly staph infection. She was just a typical pre-teen weeks ago until she fell ill and was rushed to the hospital a day later.

Medicine December 30, 2018

Boy Had Holes In Intestines From Swallowing Magnetic Toys, His Mom Now Warning Of Dangers

A young boy had to undergo emergency surgery to remove parts of his colon, intestines, and appendix after swallowing magnets. His mom is now warning other parents of the dangers of magnetic toys.

Medicine December 29, 2018

Baby With Rare Condition Fought Cancer, Will Undergo Surgery To Reduce Large Tongue

Just after surviving cancer, a young boy is in need of help to reduce his tongue. Because of the size of his tongue, Baker is having difficulties eating and breathing.

Medicine December 28, 2018

Teen Now Recovering After Singing Her Way Through Brain Surgery

It was four years ago when 19-year-old Kira Iaconetti started noticing strange changes about her musical abilities. She is now recovering after a personalized brain surgery.

Medicine December 22, 2018

Are Doctors Telling Parents That Their Partially Paralyzed Children Are Faking Symptoms?

Do some children fake illness symptoms as an emotional reaction? Several parents of children with AFM have reportedly been told by physicians that their children were merely faking.

Medicine December 21, 2018

Blood Pressure Medicine Losartan Recalled Due To Traces Of 'Unexpected Impurity'

A pharmaceutical company recalled lots of its Losartan potassium medicine used in in treating hypertension. This was after it found traces of a carcinogenic substance N-nitrosodiethylamine.

Medicine December 21, 2018

Former Gymnast Loses Limbs To Toxic Shock Syndrome

A former gymnast is now fighting for her life because of toxic shock syndrome. Unlike former cases, however, hers is not related to tampon use, and doctors are still unsure how she contracted the infection.

Medicine December 21, 2018

Exercise As Good As Drugs When It Comes To Lowering Blood Pressure

According to a recent study, exercising can be as effective as medication in keeping your blood pressure in check. However, the researchers caution patients to continue taking their medication until further clinical trials and studies are carried out.

Medicine December 21, 2018

Opioids Not As Effective In Treating Chronic Pain As We Think, Study Says

Researchers found that opioids, commonly prescribed to treat headaches and back pains, do not work well for those with chronic pain. Furthermore, the study pointed out that there were better drugs and treatment for the non-cancer patients.

Medicine December 19, 2018

Inoperable Brain Tumor Of Texas Girl Roxli Doss Miraculously Disappears

Roxli Doss was diagnosed with a type of brain tumor called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Doctors said that there is no cure for her condition, but MRI scan showed the tumor has disappeared.

Medicine December 17, 2018

Magnesium Can Boost Effectivity Of Vitamin D, Says Study

Scientists found that taking vitamin D alone might not improve deficiency. Magnesium has been found to raise vitamin D levels in people who are deficient and lower it in people who have too much vitamin D.

Medicine December 17, 2018

Scientists Turn Wasp Venom Into Potent Antibiotic Drug

Can wasp venom be the answer to the superbug problem? MIT researchers were able to turn the toxic peptides of wasp venoms into antibiotics that can clear an infection within a few days.

Medicine December 8, 2018

Man Coughs Out Blood Clot Shaped Like His Lungs' Bronchial Tree

The blood clot that a man coughed out has gotten the attention of many, as it is an intact cast of his right bronchial tree. The branches of his bronchial tree can clearly be determined in the coughed-out blood clot.

Medicine December 7, 2018

Woman Dies From Brain-Eating Amoeba After Using Tap Water In Neti Pot

A woman's death due to brain-eating amoeba is being linked to her use of a neti pot. Instead of using saline water or sterile water, she just used filtered tap water.

Medicine December 7, 2018

Researchers Looking Into Current Guidelines On Statin Usage

Should everyone take statin drugs? Researchers reviewed existing data from trials and surveys to weigh the side effects and benefits of the preventive drugs that claim to lower cholesterol.

Medicine December 4, 2018

Dark Web Sellers In UK Delisting Fentanyl To Avoid Police Attention

Fentanyl will be more difficult to acquire even from dealers in the dark web. Major sellers have delisted the synthetic opioid because they do not want to risk getting caught by the cops.

Medicine December 3, 2018

Nurse Fined $500 Over Patient's Death After Outpatient Surgery

A Charleston nurse was fined $500 years after the death of a patient who had undergone outpatient knee surgery. The patient had not woken up on the afternoon after the surgery and died days later.

Medicine December 2, 2018

Nurse Accidentally Kills Patient After Administering High Dose Of Wrong Drug

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services slammed a Tennessee hospital after it had learned of a death stemming from a nurse's medication error. The hospital staff accidentally gave a high dosage of a non-relaxant drug instead of an anti-anxiety medicine to a patient.

Medicine November 30, 2018

FDA Recalls More Valsartan Blood Pressure Drugs Over Cancer Concerns

More valsartan blood pressure drugs were recalled due to the presence of NDEA, a chemical used as fuel. Teva Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary recall of two of its valsartan combination drugs for fear it might cause cancer.

Medicine December 1, 2018

26-Year-Old Face Transplant Recipient's New Face Revealed 2 Years After Injury

Cameron Underwood was 24 years old when he was injured from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Just two years after the injury, he is now the recipient of a landmark face transplant.

Medicine November 30, 2018

Experimental Alzheimer's Vaccine Could Prevent Half Of All Cases, Says Study

A new experimental vaccine promises to delay the onset of Alzheimer's Disease by up to five years. The treatment already went through animal testing with promising results and will hopefully get approved for clinical trials.

Medicine November 26, 2018

Research Volunteers Swallow Lego Heads To Find Out How Long It Takes To Pass

What can people do in the name of science? Research volunteers swallowed lego heads and scoured their feces to find out how long it takes to pass the system.

Medicine November 25, 2018

Brexit Vote May Have Caused Rise In Antidepressant Use In The UK

Brexit might have caused an increase in antidepressant use in England. A study revealed that, while prescription of other drugs not involved in treating mental health problems declined, prescription of antidepressants experienced growth in the past years following the referendum.

Medicine November 22, 2018

Lack Of Insulin Supplies Could Spell Disaster For 40 Million People By 2030

Millions of people will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by 2030, but not everyone will be getting the insulin they need. According to a study, 49 million might not have access to insulin in the next 12 years.

Medicine November 21, 2018

Experimental Drug Could Yield Good Results For People Allergic To Peanuts

An experimental drug for people with peanut allergies has come out of the Phase 3 trial with positive results. Kids who received the treatment were able to ingest peanut protein without experiencing symptoms associated with food allergies.

Medicine November 19, 2018

Woman Says Hospital Removed Both Of Her Healthy Kidneys

Did a hospital remove both of a woman's kidneys because they were cancerous? The biopsy records showed no evidence of malignancy in the removed tissue.

Medicine November 17, 2018

FDA Approves Return Of Non-Prescription Asthma Inhaler After 7 Years

Seven years after it was taken off the market, asthma inhaler Primatene may now be purchased again for asthma relief. The new version no longer contains ozone-depleting CFC propellants.

Medicine November 9, 2018

People With Celiac Disease May Soon Be Able To Consume Gluten With New Vaccine

People with celiac disease might soon be able to eat bread and other products that contain gluten. A vaccine that prevents the immune system from recognizing the protein in gluten as a threat has entered the second phase of clinical trial.

Medicine November 8, 2018

First Cannabis-Based Drug Approved By FDA Now Available Nationwide

The first FDA-approved cannabis-based medication is finally available across the United States. Epidiolex is an oral solution that is approved for use in patients 2 years and older.

Medicine November 4, 2018

Key Ingredient For Universal Flu Vaccine May Be In Llama Antibodies

Are llamas the key to creating a universal flu vaccine? Researchers found that their antibodies can actually attack parts of the flu virus that it cannot change or mutate easily.

Medicine November 3, 2018

FDA Approves New Opioid Despite Concerns Over Abuse And Misuse

The FDA just approved a powerful new opioid despite criticisms and concerns over its potential to contribute to the opioid crisis. Why was Dsuvia approved?

Medicine November 3, 2018

Laparoscopic Surgery For Cervical Cancer Linked To More Recurrence And Deaths Compared To Open Surgery: Studies

Which surgery option is better for cervical cancer patients? Researchers found that the minimally invasive option actually has higher recurrence and death risks compared to open surgery.

Medicine November 2, 2018

FDA Approves New Flu Treatment Drug

The U.S. FDA has approved Xofluza to relieve symptoms of flu. It is the first antiviral drug for flu to be approved by the public health body in the past 20 years.

Medicine October 25, 2018

Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Could Put 3 Million Surgeries At Risk

The Public Health England warned in a new report about the increase of antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infection in patients after a common surgery. This could lead to more serious, life-threatening complications.

Medicine October 23, 2018

Eczema Drug Helps Regrow Hair In Patients With Alopecia

An eczema drug has caused a 13-year-old with alopecia to grow hair on her scalp for the first time since she was a toddler. A new study hopes this could lead to clinical trials that could prove whether or not the drug can counter alopecia.

Medicine October 11, 2018

Vitamin D Supplements Give Little To No Improvement To Bone Health Says Study

According to researchers, vitamin D supplements do not give special health benefits to people who are not deficient. In a review of previous trials, they found that supplements do not improve bone health nor prevent fractures and falls.

Medicine October 7, 2018

FDA Expands Usage Of HPV Vaccine To Adults Aged 27 To 45

The FDA has approved the HPV vaccine Gardasil to be administered to men and women aged 27 to 45. The vaccine can protect individuals from nine types of HPV that cause certain cancers such as cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal.

Medicine October 7, 2018

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