Ebola Vaccine rVSV-EBOV Gives 100 Percent Protection But Comes With Flaws: What Are Its Side Effects?

The new Ebola vaccine rVSV-EBOV shows promise in preventing the next outbreak of the disease but it comes with side effects. It also only works against one subtype of the hemorrhagic virus.

Medicine December 24, 2016

Biogen’s Spinraza Receives FDA Approval, Becomes First Drug For Spinal Muscular Atrophy

The United States now has its first spinal muscular atrophy drug. The FDA has approved Biogen’s Spinraza (nusinersen) on Dec. 23 as treatment for the rare and often fatal genetic disease affecting both children and adults.

Medicine December 24, 2016

Ocrelizumab Shown Effective Against Relapsing, Progressive Forms Of Multiple Sclerosis

Roche’s drug ocrelizumab was found effective against both relapsing multiple sclerosis and primary progressive multiple sclerosis. Using magnetic resonance imaging, researchers found that ocrelizumab was 95 percent more effective in reducing the inflammatory lesions in the brain than interferon beta-1a.

Medicine December 25, 2016

New Ebola Vaccine Offers Up To 100 Percent Protection Against Deadly Virus

The experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-EBOV was up to 100 percent effective in providing protection against the deadly hemorrhagic disease but it is far from perfect. What are the flaws of the vaccine?

Medicine December 24, 2016

Protein Inhibitor Drug Shows Promise Preventing Artery Disease In High-Risk Individuals

A protein inhibitor drug could help in preventing diseases like stroke and heart attack, reports a new study. The research team experimented on mice and established that the drug hindered the movement of cultured coronary artery smooth muscle cells and stopped the jamming of arteries and bypass implants.

Medicine December 25, 2016

New Clinical Trial Aims To Reduce Risks Of Long-term Cardiac Damage In Survivors Of Childhood Cancers

A new trial is testing medication designed to cure leukemia without affecting the patient's heart. According to the data, those who survive cancer battle with heart diseases as a side effect of chemotherapy treatments.

Medicine December 23, 2016

FDA Fast-Tracks Approval For Advanced Ovarian Cancer Drug Rucaparib

A new ovarian cancer treatment has been approved by the FDA. Rubraca (rucaparib) for women diagnosed with a certain type of advanced ovarian cancer received accelerated approval from the agency.

Medicine December 22, 2016

Living Bandage: Researchers Trial New Stem Cell Therapy For Knee Injuries On Humans

Meniscal tears are some of the most common injuries that affect sportsmen around the world. Due to a new treatment developed in the United Kingdom, these injuries could be treated by using stem cells, thus improving the recovery process.

Medicine December 18, 2016

Can Pets Benefit From Medical Marijuana?

The use of medical marijuana may still be a controversial topic for most people. But how will the conversation change when it comes to treating our beloved pets who are in pain?

Medicine December 17, 2016

MRI During Pregnancy Helps Detect Brain Defects In Fetus: Study

Ultrasounds are a standard for most expecting mothers. Now a UK based study suggests expecting mothers to go a step further and undergo an additional MRI scan for a more accurate diagnosis of fetal brain defects.

Medicine December 23, 2016

Regular Use Of Painkillers May Cause Hearing Loss In Women

Taking paracetamol or ibuprofen regularly over a long time is linked to increased risk for hearing loss in women. How do these painkillers compromise hearing?

Medicine December 15, 2016

Researchers Turn To RNA Nanoparticles To Overcome Treatment-Resistant Breast Cancer

New research showed that using nanoparticles in the treatment of breast cancer can stop the disease from spreading and make cancer cells respond to tamoxifen therapy. The nanodelivery system showed promise in overcoming treatment resistance among breast cancer patients.

Medicine December 16, 2016

Aspirin Found To Slow The Spread Of Colon, Pancreatic Cancer

Latest study shows that aspirin can be efficient in reducing the spread of colon and pancreatic cancer. The anti-platelet effect of the medicine prevents the growth of certain types of tumors.

Medicine December 15, 2016

Cholesterol-fighting Statins Lower Alzheimer’s Disease Risk: Study

Statins are effective at lowering cholesterol levels but researchers have also discovered that the drug also holds potential as treatment to lower risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Medicine December 15, 2016

Men To File Lawsuit Over Antipsychotic Drug Risperdal That Caused Them To Grow Breasts

Thousands of men who suffered from the side effects of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal prepare to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. The drug cause boys and men to grow breasts.

Medicine December 14, 2016

3D Imaging Technology Displays Details Undetectable To The Naked Eye During Brain Surgery

Brain surgeons have employed, for the first time in California, a 3D imaging technique in order to better scan the brain pathways during surgery. The technique has the potential to replace the traditional two-dimensional tools.

Medicine December 12, 2016

Researchers Develop Molecule That Could Be The First Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Antidote

New research in mice created an antidote for carbon monoxide intoxication. The research will have to be conducted before performing a trial on humans.

Medicine December 9, 2016

Researchers Turn To Math In Search For Type 2 Diabetes Cure

A new research involved the creation of a microchip that can stimulate the production of insulin in mice. The device could be employed in creating a permanent treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Medicine December 6, 2016

Malaria Drug Artemisinin Spurs Cells To Produce Insulin, Shows Promise As Type 1 Diabetes Treatment

Malaria drug was found to reverse alpha cells into beta cells, which contributes to the body's capacity to produce insulin. Future research will establish if this formula could treat type 1 diabetes.

Medicine December 3, 2016

High School Students Replicate Martin Shkreli's $750 Malaria Drug Daraprim For $2

Students from Sydney Grammar School in Australia were able to replicate the active ingredient in Turing Pharmaceuticals' malaria drug Daraprim in the school lab. The drug they produced costs only about $2 per dose.

Medicine December 2, 2016

Prostate Cancer Patient Cured After Being Given Male Hormone Testosterone To Shock Tumors

A patient with advanced prostate cancer did not show traces of the disease after receiving bipolar androgen therapy. The treatment involves flooding and starving the body with testosterone.

Medicine December 1, 2016

Platypus Venom May Be Key To Treating Type 2 Diabetes

A new study conducted by an Australian team of scientists suggests that a hormone found in both humans and animals could be changed in order to produce insulin. The research analyzed the evolutionary changes in the hormone's functions.

Medicine December 1, 2016

New MDMA Trials Moving Forward To Test Ecstasy As Treatment For PTSD

New research may have found a more efficient way of treating patients who suffer from PTSD: by using MDMA, which is ecstasy in its purest form. The assisted drug treatment could be approved by the FDA.

Medicine December 1, 2016

Smart Skin Patch Developed To Release Blood Thinners As Needed, Prevent Dangerous Blood Clots

A team of researchers from University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University invented a smart patch to treat thrombosis that causes serious health issues like stroke and heart attack. The HA-Heparin smart skin patch releases Heparin to prevent blood clot as and when required.

Medicine November 30, 2016

New Study Explores Connection Between A DNA Defect In The Glioblastoma Genome And Patient Survival

The functional role of two different DNA modifications in glioblastoma (GBM) cancer tissues was explained by a new research, being associated with patient survival. The research was conducted at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), and was published, Nov. 25, in the journal Nature.

Medicine November 28, 2016

New Drug Limits, Repairs Brain Damage In Stroke Patients

New research could contribute to the development of a new treatment for people who have undergone strokes. The results of the study were promising, with very good results in rodents.

Medicine November 27, 2016

Many LASIK Patients Experience New Eye Problems After Surgery

Patients who undergo LASIK eye surgery developed new vision problems after the procedure. What are the eye problems that patients developed after the surgery?

Medicine November 24, 2016

Formerly Conjoined Twins Set For Fastest Recovery From Surgery To Separate Connected Heads

Brothers Jadon and Anias McDonald are on a pace for the fastest recovery for craniopagus surgery. The formerly conjoined twins are set to be moved to a rehab facility six weeks after the procedure that separated their heads.

Medicine November 23, 2016

AstraZeneca Resumes Patient Enrollment For Head And Neck Cancer Trials After FDA Lifts Hold

AstraZeneca will resume patient enrollment in two of its trial programs for neck and head cancers. The FDA lifted the partial hold, which occurred after a series of patients suffered from bleeding as a side effect of the treatment.

Medicine November 24, 2016

New Antibody Can Neutralize 98 Percent Of HIV Strains

The newly identified N6 antibody was found potent in neutralizing 98 percent of HIV strains making it an attractive candidate for developing a potential treatment or preventive tool for HIV infection. What makes this antibody different?

Medicine November 20, 2016

Clues To Cancer Evolution: Researchers Capture DNA Snippets Healthy Cells Produce Before Turning Cancerous

Researchers have identified a key DNA modification that could be employed in creating treatments aimed at cancer prevention. The technique would employ certain steps in the DNA replication process of the cells.

Medicine November 20, 2016

Hidden Connections Between DNA Variations And Common Diseases Discovered

A new study employed genetic mapping in a large number of subjects, both patients and a control group, to identify mutations of the genetic genome that could impact our health. A series of diseases were related to this genetic activity.

Medicine November 19, 2016

Ultra Long-Acting Oral Drug Delivery Platform Developed To Administer Medicine For Weeks

A team of researchers has developed an ultra long-acting oral drug delivery system that would help in the sustained release of drugs in the body. The system that can last up to two weeks in the stomach could be used in the treatment of disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Medicine November 18, 2016

Chinese Scientists Test CRISPR-edited Genes On Humans For The First Time

For the first time, research conducted in China has employed the CRISPR gene-editing technique to treat patients with cancer. Should the trial end with no significant side-effects, the method could become widely used.

Medicine November 16, 2016

Amgen Cholesterol Drug And Statin Combo Reduces Plaque Buildup In Arteries Of Heart Patients

Amgen's drug Repatha can shrink artery-clogging plaques when used together with statin. The combo also leads to a significant reduction in bad cholesterol levels among heart patients.

Medicine November 16, 2016

Statin Use Can Help Lower Death Risk For Patients With Ankylosing Spondylitis And Psoriatic Arthritis: Study

A new study suggests that statin treatment can help improve survival rates for some arthritis patients by as much as 33 percent. This may be because of the drug's ability to reduce inflammation and lower lipids.

Medicine November 14, 2016

Arthritis Drug Celebrex Is Safe For Heart Health: Study

A new study has found that Pfizer Inc.'s arthritis drug Celebrex poses no higher danger to heart health when compared to its rivals, Ibuprofen and Naproxen. The findings challenge the common belief that the rival drugs provide superior cardiovascular health safety, researchers said.

Medicine November 13, 2016

Common Acne Bacterium Actually Saves You From Other Skin Diseases

A bacterium was found to secrete a protein that helps people against developing different skin diseases. The quantity of the bacterium was correlated with the severity of skin diseases in patients.

Medicine November 14, 2016

PTSD Manifests Differently In Brains Of Adolescent Boys And Girls: Study

Girls and boys have different reactions to PTSD. A new study suggests thatt gender plays an important role in understanding the way trauma has affected the brains of young people, which could improve differentiated treatment.

Medicine November 12, 2016

Researchers Develop ‘Functional Cure’ for HIV To Do Away With Anti-Retroviral Therapy

In a two-year-long study, researchers monitored the responses of the immune system with a new treatment that would replace anti-retroviral therapy. The experimental study could change the way we are looking for an AIDS treatment.

Medicine November 11, 2016

Bayer Seeks FDA Approval For Regorafenib As Liver Cancer Treatment

German drugmaker Bayer on Monday submitted an sNDA proposal to the FDA for the extension of its drug Regorafenib as a second-line treatment for liver cancer. The drug is currently used to treat colorectal cancer.

Medicine November 8, 2016

New Antibody Protects Pregnant Women, Fetuses Against Zika Virus

Researchers in the United States have identified a human antibody that can potentially protect pregnant women and their fetus from Zika virus infection. Experts hope the antiviral can lead to development of effective treatments.

Medicine November 8, 2016

Bad Genes Aren't Always Bad News: Study

A new study identified a connection between genetic suppression and disease-causing genes. The study, carried out on yeast, proved that not all genetic mutations are harmful to the human body.

Medicine November 7, 2016

Merck Clears Clinical Trial Milestone, Shows Promise With Alzheimer’s Drug Verubecestat

A new drug developed by Merck shows promise for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Verubecestat, which is currently under clinical trial, is said to halt the beta amyloid plaque formation in brain.

Medicine November 3, 2016

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