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Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus Undergoes Experimental Stem Cell Treatment

Retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, nicknamed The Golden Bear, underwent a stem cell treatment for his back pain in February 2016 and scheduled another round of similar procedure for his shoulder on Saturday.

Medicine April 28, 2018

Ringing No More? New Treatment May Significantly Reduce Tinnitus Symptoms

One in 10 adults live with tinnitus. Though people experience the condition in varying degrees, those with severe tinnitus may struggle with sleep, work, and hearing.

Medicine April 27, 2018

Bill Gates Donates $12 Million, Challenges United States To Lead Fight Against Flu

Bill Gates announced a significant challenge for scientists as he pledged $12 million for the creation of a universal influenza vaccine. The Microsoft cofounder has been at the forefront of strengthening vaccines.

Medicine April 27, 2018

Doctors Excluded Donor’s Testicles From Johns Hopkins Penis And Scrotum Transplant Because They Can Produce Donor's Genetic Offspring

Testicles would continue to produce sperm which contains a transplant donor’s DNA. Hence, doctors who performed the first penis and scrotum transplant decided not to give the deceased donor's testicles to the patient involved.

Medicine April 27, 2018

Surgeons Amputate 7-Year-Old Cancer Patient's Leg And Reattach It Backward To Help Retain Her Active Lifestyle

7-year-old Amelia bravely said "goodbye loser" to the cancerous tumor in her femur. Though it cost her a thigh, the rotationplasty will help her keep her active lifestyle.

Medicine April 26, 2018

Pig Brains Kept Alive Outside Body: Are Human Brains Next?

A team of scientists were able to keep a pig's brain alive while outside of its body. The method may likely be possible for human brains as well, which opens various scientific applications but also raises serious ethical issues.

Medicine April 27, 2018

Acadia Parkinson’s Drug Nuplazid Under FDA Scrutiny Over Safety Issues And Suspected Deaths

Nuplazid, the only FDA-approved drug for the treatment of psychosis in patients with Parkinson’s disease, is now under further evaluation. Acadia’s Parkinson’s drug is linked to a number of deaths, causing public concern and pleas for another review.

Medicine April 26, 2018

Children With Rare Rapid Aging Disease Could Live Longer, Thanks To A New Study Drug

Children who suffer from the rare genetic disease progeria may have a chance at a longer life. The drug lonafarnib, which was originally created for cancer patients, has been used in a test to treat children who have progeria.

Medicine April 24, 2018

Johns Hopkins Performs World's First Successful Penis And Scrotum Transplant: US Military Vet Gets 'Special Gift' Of Life

John Hopkins University performed the first full penile and scrotum transplant in history for an injured veteran. The reconstructive surgery will allow the veteran to regain urinary and sexual functions.

Medicine April 24, 2018

Obese Sisters Get Bariatric Surgery In Bid To Help Them Live Healthier Lives

Yogita and Anisha were already having breathing problems at just six and eight years old because of their obesity. Thanks to a kind doctor, the sisters received the medical care that they need for free.

Medicine April 22, 2018

'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller Diagnosed With Rare Cancer: What Is Burkitt Lymphoma?

Burkitt lymphoma is an aggressive type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that may vary depending on geographical location and affected body part. Outside of Africa, it may be associated with a compromised immune system.

Medicine April 22, 2018

Transcripts Detail Prince’s Concerning Weight Loss, Mood Swings, And Supper Before Death

Transcripts of different interviews with Prince’s acquaintances were made public on April 17 along with search warrants and other related documents. The documents detailed the observation of Judith Hill, Meron Berkure, and Ray Roberts among others.

Medicine April 21, 2018

Male Contraceptive Stops Sperm From Swimming, Doesn't Have Hormonal Side Effects

Research on a new form of male contraceptive shows that it can slow down the movement of sperm in men. The study also shows that it has no hormonal side effects in men taking the drug.

Medicine April 23, 2018

Marijuana-Based Drug For Seizures Gets Unanimous Recommendation From FDA Committee

An FDA advisory committee gave the go-ahead for Epidiolex, a marijuana-based drug that treats two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. The FDA is scheduled to vote this June.

Medicine April 20, 2018

4-Year-Old Boy Treated With Dog Saliva: Doctors With Low Quality Scores Likely To Prescribe Homeopathic Treatments

Anke Zimmerman, a Canadian homeopath, claimed he treated 4-year-old Jonah with rabid dog saliva, but experts said it could be fatal. A study showed that doctors who prescribed homeopathic treatments scored low on their prescription performance.

Medicine April 19, 2018

Japan Could Be First In The World To Detect Cancer Using Urine Samples

Hitachi, a Japanese multinational conglomerate company, announced that it is conducting the trial of a method that can detect cancer through urine samples. If successful, the country would be the first in the world to possess such technology.

Medicine April 18, 2018

A New Treatment For Hard-To-Treat Migraine May Finally Be Here

A new, more effective migraine drug may be on the way. It’s called erenumab, and in a series of tests, it cut down the frequency of headaches among migraine sufferers by half.

Medicine April 18, 2018

A Seizure Drug Made From Marijuana Is This Close To Getting FDA Approval

GW Pharmaceuticals awaits FDA approval for Epidiolex, which contains an element derived from cannabis. It will treat children suffering from two rare forms of epilepsy by making their seizures less frequent.

Medicine April 18, 2018

Man Forced To Undergo Second Face Transplant After Drugs Interfered With First Face Transplant

French man Jerome Hamon underwent a second face transplant due to drugs that interfered with his first face transplant. He took drugs that caused his facial tissue to die.

Medicine April 18, 2018

Lung Cancer Patients Will Gain Extra Years Of Life Through Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy, a form of treatment that boosts the body's immune system, was proven to give lung cancer patients extra years of life. The immunotherapy drug Keytruda, when administered alongside chemotherapy, cut the risk of death in half.

Medicine April 17, 2018

Pregnant And Married Female Surgeons Tend To Drop Practice

A national survey found lingering signs that gender gap and stigma on pregnancy still exist in the medical field. These factors had even resulted in female surgeons being underrepresented despite constituting significant percentage among graduates at present.

Medicine April 17, 2018

Model Left Partially Blind After Botched Eye Color Change Surgery

A model got a surgery to change her eye color but experienced adverse effects soon after the procedure. Despite efforts to save her vision, she has lost a majority of her eyesight in both eyes.

Medicine April 13, 2018

FDA Approves First Medical Device To Use Artificial Intelligence For Diabetic Patients

FDA approved a device programmed with artificial intelligence that would precisely identify mild diabetic retinopathy. It's the pioneering AI-based tool that has been allowed for market release.

Medicine April 12, 2018

The Top Reasons People Are Rushed To The Emergency Room

People head straight to the emergency room for immediate medical attention to their condition. Here are the top reasons people are taken to the hospital's emergency section.

Medicine April 15, 2018

Alzheimer's Disease Gene Successfully Removed From Human Brain: Is This The Cure We've Been Waiting For?

Scientists were able to successfully remove apoE4, a gene that caused Alzheimer's disease, from the human brain. The research might be science's best shot at finding the elusive cure for Alzheimer's disease.

Medicine April 11, 2018

Woman Embalmed Alive When She Was Given Formaldehyde Instead Of Saline Drip

A Russian woman died after she was given formaldehyde instead of saline during an operation. The woman went in a for a routine surgery and lost her life because of the mistake.

Medicine April 10, 2018

World's Smallest Mechanical Heart Valve Saves Life Of 3-Year-Old Girl

Sadie Rutenberg was born with a huge hole inside her heart. Thanks to this miraculous heart valve by Abbott, she is now thriving at three years old.

Medicine April 10, 2018

Rare Double Robotic Surgery Simultaneously Removes Uterus And Colons Of Cancer Patient

A colorectal cancer patient had hysterectomy and part of her colon removed at the same time in a procedure that used da Vinci Xi robot. What makes robotic surgery a better option for patients?

Medicine April 8, 2018

Protein Derived From Parasitic Worms Shows Potential Against Crippling Bladder Disease

Chemotherapy patients often develop hemorrhagic cystitis, a painful bladder disease that can lead to death. Existing treatments are limited but scientists recently discovered an alternative derived from a parasitic worm.

Medicine April 4, 2018

Babies Given Antibiotics And Antacids Are More Likely To Develop Allergies

A new study discovered that babies who are given antibiotics and antacids are more likely to develop allergies as they grow up. The results of the research provide evidence on the the importance and delicate balance of the gut microbiome.

Medicine April 3, 2018

20 Years After Viagra, Pfizer To Develop Another Miracle Drug Amid Budget Cuts

Pfizer announced its plan to manufacture another miracle drug like Viagra to boost sales and hopefully make its way out of financial constraints. This year, the company slashed off its R&D budget, way lower than its rivals, Merck and J&J.

Medicine April 1, 2018

Promising Treatment For Cancer Cured 97 Percent Of Tumors In Mice, Human Trials Set This Year

A vaccine-like cure for cancer has successfully treated 97 percent of mice in a study. Human clinical trials are set to start later this year, embarking on an 'exciting' phase in cancer history.

Medicine March 30, 2018

Broken Epidural Needle Found Stuck In Woman's Spine After 14 Years

A mother suffering from back pain for 14 years discovered that a broken epidural needle had been stuck in her spine all that time. She is now planning to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital.

Medicine March 29, 2018

Viagra 20 Years Later: Here's Why Young, Healthy Men Use The Blue Pill

Twenty years since Viagra became available in the market, the erectile dysfunction medication has evolved into a recreational drug. It is now frequently taken by younger men who are reliant on it for sexual dependence.

Medicine March 28, 2018

Dentists Voice Out Support For 7-Day Limit For Opioid Prescriptions

The American Dental Association becomes one of the first major health units to advocate support for statutory limits on opioid prescriptions. All dentists are encouraged to uphold new policies to curb America’s growing opioid crisis.

Medicine March 27, 2018

Study Explains Why Fewer People With Severe Cholesterol Are On Statin Therapy

Patients with elevated and/or severe cholesterol levels were reported to take less or no prescribed statins. The new study published by the American Heart Association stated that statin compliance is less prevalent in younger patients compared to older ones.

Medicine March 27, 2018

Marijuana Can Help Curb Alcohol Addiction, Cocaine Cravings: New Study

Another study showed promising results on the benefits of marijuana in curbing relapse symptoms of alcohol and cocaine addiction. Experiments were conducted in rats that are injected with CBD-containing gel for three days and followed up after five months.

Medicine March 26, 2018

Daily Dose Of Erectile Dysfunction Drug Viagra May Help Prevent Cancer

Viagra commonly prescribed to treat erectile problems in men holds potential as a cancer prevention drug. Giving a small, daily dose of the drug to mice genetically predetermined to develop colorectal cancer appears to reduce risk for the disease.

Medicine March 24, 2018

Medical Search For Superpowers Leads To Discovery Of People Who Are Resistant To Liver Disease

Even though it is not a superpower in terms of comic book superpowers, resistance to liver disease can lead to a new drug. People who were found to be resistant to liver disease could drink all they wanted and not develop the disease.

Medicine March 25, 2018

New Multiple Sclerosis Drug Could Slow Down Symptoms In Secondary Progressive Stage

A new MS drug is showing signs of being able to slow down symptoms in the secondary progressive stage. The drug is still not available to patients and is still being tested.

Medicine March 23, 2018

Man's Hand Lump Found After Dental Procedure Turns Out To Be Sign Of Serious Heart Infection

A Vancouver man went into the emergency department with a strange hand lump and a recent history of flu-like symptoms. Could his condition be related to his recent dental procedure?

Medicine March 23, 2018

Woman Dies After 'Bee Acupuncture' Treatment: How To Minimize Risks Of Alternative Therapies

Almost half of Americans have tried at least one complementary or alternative therapy. A woman's death from her apitherapy reminds people to be careful when trying unconventional health care approaches.

Medicine March 23, 2018

Human Stem Cell Treatment Helps 'Alcoholic Rats' Consume 90 Percent Less Booze

A recent study found that human stem cell treatment reduces alcohol abuse in rats. Testing of humans will be required in order for this potential cure to be widely available.

Medicine March 22, 2018

Pain Relievers Like Prescription-Strength Ibuprofen May Increase Risk Of Irregular Heartbeat

Selective NSAIDs, which include ibuprofen, naproxen, or meloxicam were linked to an 18 percent higher risk of irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation. Should people stop taking these pain relievers to treat body ache and pain?

Medicine March 22, 2018

Spanish Woman Dies Of Stroke, Multiple Organ Failures After Atypical Bee Venom Acupuncture

A Spanish woman died of a stroke and multiple organ failures after a series of bee sting acupuncture sessions. Researchers advise patients to stick to traditional acupuncture until further evidence proves apitherapy’s efficacy and safety.

Medicine March 21, 2018

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