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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 The pooled cohort equations (PCEs) likely have outdated data.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

Researchers Say Poop Transplants Are Just As Effective As Antibiotics To Treat C. Difficile Diarrhea

A new study has found that poop transplants are as effective as antibiotics for diarrhea treatment of C. difficile infections. Researchers studied 20 patients to reach the conclusion.

Medicine June 3, 2018

A 23-Year-Old Woman Born Without A Vagina Receives One Made Out Of Tilapia Fish Skin

Jucilene Marinho, 23, was born with a disorder that prevented her from having a vagina. She underwent a procedure in April 2017 to receive a vagina made out of tilapia fish skin.

Medicine June 3, 2018

Teen Hospitalized With Life-Threatening Illness After 'Too Much' Workout: What Is Rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdomyolysis is a condition that occurs with serious skeletal muscle injury. It can be caused by excessive exercise, lightning strike, extreme body temperatures, and even infections.

Medicine June 2, 2018

‘Holy Grail’ Blood Test Could Detect Cancer Years Ahead Before Tumors Even Develop

American scientists presented their findings on liquid biopsy at the conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists in Chicago. Experts in the United Kingdom expressed their optimism about the method and hoped to make it a universal cancer-detecting tool.

Medicine June 1, 2018

Three Victims Sue Ex-Gambian President Over Fake AIDS Treatment

The ex-president of Gambia is being sued for his fake AIDS treatment program that forced people to stop taking anti-retroviral drugs. The country is slowly making significant progress in response to HIV/AIDS.

Medicine June 1, 2018

Artificial Iris Implant Approved By FDA, But Not Everyone Can Change Eye Color

The Food and Drug Administration approved the CustomFlex Artificial Iris, the first artificial iris implant in the United States. The implant will benefit patients with missing or damaged irises due to aniridia, traumatic injury, albinism, and melanoma.

Medicine June 1, 2018

Brain Cancer Vaccine Could Give Patients Extra Years Of Life

A brain cancer vaccine could give patients extra more years of life, according to preliminary results of an 11-year international study. The longest survivors who took part in the study managed to live for more than seven years.

Medicine May 31, 2018

Drug That Can Prevent Migraine Without Significant Side Effects Shows Promise In Clinical Trial

In a clinical trial involving more than 800 patients who frequently suffer from a migraine, galcanezumab reduced monthly migraine days by 4.7 days. The side effects are also very minimal that fewer than 5 percent of the participants quit the trial.

Medicine May 31, 2018

President Trump Says Major Pharmaceutical Companies To Slash Drug Prices In Two Weeks

Drug company executives would visit the White House to announce voluntary drug price cuts, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday. Here are the comments of major pharmaceutical companies on the president's announcement.

Medicine May 30, 2018

Newly Identified ALS Mechanism May Pave Way For Treatment That Can Cure Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Reduced levels of the microRNA miR-126-5 were linked to toxicity in patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Manipulating the molecule can improve ALS symptoms and slow down the neuron degeneration process.

Medicine May 28, 2018

Doctor Claims He Can Cure Diseases Through Sound Files

A homeopathic doctor who practices in the Bay Area is selling eRemedies, which are sound files that he claims can cure diseases such as diarrhea, Ebola, and malaria. The doctor is now in danger of losing his medical license.

Medicine May 27, 2018

Antidepressants Linked To Weight Gain And Obesity, With Some Drugs Worse Than Others

Researchers have found that they may be a link between taking antidepressants and the health issues of weight gain and obesity. Some drugs were also found to be worse than others, leading to a higher risk of gaining weight.

Medicine May 26, 2018

Children More Likely To Experience Serious Side Effects From Hydrocodone-Based Cold Medicines

Children are more likely to experience serious side effects after ingesting cough and cold medication containing hydrocodone. Researchers say that it appears to be more concerning than ingesting medication that contains codeine.

Medicine May 23, 2018

Malaria Parasite Tricks Liver Cells In Order To Survive And Reproduce

Researchers found that the malaria parasite, Plasmodium, can take advantage of liver cells to survive and reproduce. The finding, said the researchers, could lead them to develop new drugs that would help treat malaria even before any symptoms appear.

Medicine May 23, 2018

Man Discovers He Has Rare Form Of Hepatitis C After Donating Blood

A man who donated his blood in 2003 apparently had a rare form of hepatitis C. The man was given a new treatment that he credits for saving his life after the shocking diagnosis.

Medicine May 22, 2018

Woman Suffers Brain Damage From Cosmetic Surgery: Doctor Charged With Medical Malpractice, Again

A woman suffered permanent brain damage from a cosmetic surgery procedure that was performed in Georgia. The doctor behind the operation was charged with medical malpractice, but it appears that this is not her first case.

Medicine May 22, 2018

Obsolete Pregnancy Drug DES Might Have Triggered A 36 Percent Increase Of ADHD In Grandchildren

Researchers found that defunct pregnancy drug DES might have caused users' grandchildren to be 36 percent more likely to get diagnosed with ADHD. DES was around from 1938 to 1971.

Medicine May 21, 2018

Accidental Exposure To ADHD Medications On The Rise, Says New Study

Children and adolescents have been exposed intentionally and unintentionally to ADHD medications. The results of the study came after the NRA linked ADHD drugs to the increasing incidences of gun violence.

Medicine May 23, 2018

How The Resistance To Antifungal Drugs Became An International Problem During The Past 30-40 Years

During the past 30 to 40 years, resistance to antifungal drugs increased. Researchers say that this is largely due to the overuse of antifungal chemicals, especially on farms.

Medicine May 18, 2018

Migraine Prevention Drug Receives FDA Approval: Aimovig By Amgen Is The First Of Its Kind

Aimovig, designed for long-term migraine prevention, will now go on sale after receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drug is the first of its kind, and it could soon mean the end of chronic migraines.

Medicine May 18, 2018

Opioid Overdose Deaths Boost Number Of Transplantable Organs

Organ donations from donors who died of a drug-overdose has increased over 10-fold in the United States since the year 2000. Is this related to the opioid epidemic?

Medicine May 17, 2018

FDA Approves Lucemyra, The First Non-Opioid Drug For Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Up To 14 Days

The Food and Drug Administration approved of Lucemyra, a treatment for adults suffering from opioid withdrawal symptoms. It has been approved for patients to use up to 14 days.

Medicine May 16, 2018

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Linked To Hormone Imbalance Before Birth, Possible Treatment Developed: Study

Researchers found the specific hormone that may be responsible for the development of PCOS. Fortunately, they were also able to find a potential treatment for it.

Medicine May 16, 2018

Researchers Test Common Cold Cure To Be Taken 1 Hour Before Or 1 Hour After The Infection

Researchers say that they developed a new drug that treats the common cold by attacking the human host instead of the virus. It can be taken one hour before or one hour after the infection.

Medicine May 14, 2018

Iowa Baby Hit By Softball During Game May Have Suffered 'Significant' Brain Damage

Earlier in May, eight-week-old McKenna Hovenga was struck by a foul ball at her father's softball game suffering a fractured skull. Doctors are now saying that Hovenga may have suffered significant brain damage due to the incident.

Medicine May 14, 2018

Mother Who Lost Son To Diabetes Calls For Lower Insulin Prices

A mother who lost her son to diabetes, as well as other mothers, patients, doctors, and supporters gathered to call for lower insulin prices. A senator also joined the rally and stated that President Donald Trump's plan is not enough.

Medicine May 15, 2018

Vitamin D Therapy May Help Diabetes Treatment, Study Shows

Scientists have discovered that vitamin D therapy may help in the treatment of diabetes. Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin, may be combined with a newly identified compound to bring glucose levels back to normal in mouse models.

Medicine May 14, 2018

Bisphosphonate Drug Holiday May Up Fracture Risk Of Osteoporosis Patients

Taking holiday from a bone drug prescribed for osteoporosis may up women's risk for fractures. Researchers said that patients need to be regularly assessed during their drug holiday.

Medicine May 13, 2018

Drunk Mice Given 'Hangover' Pill And The Results Show Promise, Researchers Suggest

A team of researchers at UCLA have created a 'hangover' pill that could cure hangovers. The team tested the pill on mice that were also given alcohol prior to the test.

Medicine May 11, 2018

Taking Antibiotics May Be Linked To Increased Risk For Kidney Stones

The prevalence of kidney stones in the United States has risen dramatically over the past decades. A new study asserts antibiotics may have had something to do with that.

Medicine May 11, 2018

Army Surgeons Replace Soldier's Lost Ear With Grown One: What Is Ear Reconstruction Surgery?

A soldier who lost her entire ear after a car accident in 2016 successfully received total ear reconstructive surgery. Such procedures are done for those with ear defects, whether in-born or due to an injury.

Medicine May 11, 2018

Army Doctors Give Soldier New Ear By Growing It In Her Arm

Pvt. Shamika Burrage lost her left ear in a vehicular accident. Army doctors, however, were able to give her a new ear by shaping cartilage taken from her rib cage and growing the organ in her arm.

Medicine May 10, 2018

Baby Girl Suffers Fractured Skull, Brain Bleeds In Freak Softball Accident: Here's How You Can Help

McKenna Hovenga, a seven-week-old baby girl, suffered a fractured skull and brain bleeds after her head was hit in a freak softball accident. The baby remains hospitalized, with her parents at her side for her recovery.

Medicine May 10, 2018

Deadly Viruses Used To Fight Cancer Are Highly Sought Out By Major Pharmaceutical Companies

Various pharmaceutical companies are looking to obtain a new virus that could help fight against cancer. The researchers behind this new venture have used modified versions of deadly viruses to combat the disease.

Medicine May 21, 2018

Man Has Eye Cancer Misdiagnosed As Migraine, Causing Him To Lose Half Of His Face

A man with eye cancer was misdiagnosed as having a migraine. Due to the misdiagnosis, he had to have his right eye and a part of his face removed. The man had a lump next to his eye that went unnoticed before it was too late.

Medicine May 7, 2018

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