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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

Blind Patients Regain Their Eyesight After Successful Stem Cell Treatment

Doctors have treated patients with macular degeneration with stem cell therapy which restored their eyesight. Macular degeneration is the most common form of blindness.

Medicine March 20, 2018

Twins Diagnosed With Fatal Disease Need Liver Transplants, But Only 1 Will Survive

Nick and Devin Coats from Louisiana were both diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. The twins were placed on a waiting list for a liver transplant, but only one of them got a call that they will receive a new organ.

Medicine March 20, 2018

Platypus Milk Could Save Lives By Combating Superbugs And Antibiotic Resistance

One of the world's strangest animals could be the key to fighting superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics. Platypus milk contains a protein that could fight these superbugs.

Medicine March 15, 2018

Michigan Teen Dies From Rare Sinus Infection That Attacked The Brain

A teenager from Michigan passed away after being initially diagnosed with a sinus infection. In a rare form of the infection, it penetrated the bone and entered the blood vessels, leading to blood clots that cut off the brain's oxygen supply.

Medicine March 15, 2018

Glowing Dyes Can Reveal Hidden Cancers During Surgery

Dyes that can make cancer cells glow during operation may improve odds for successful treatment of cancer patients. The technology can also help with early detection of small tumors.

Medicine March 15, 2018

Mom Loses Arm, All Fingers, And Both Legs After Sepsis Misdiagnosis

A 31-year-old mother of two was forced to have an arm, all fingers, and both legs amputated due to medical staff failing to make the proper diagnosis for sepsis. She has now filed a lawsuit against the English hospital.

Medicine March 13, 2018

For Doctors, More Opioid Prescriptions Mean Bigger Payouts, Says Harvard Analysis

A new analysis by CNN and Harvard researchers reveal a startling medical practice that brings legal and ethical questions. It appears doctors who prescribe more opioids receive more money from opioid manufacturers.

Medicine March 13, 2018

1 Of Formerly Conjoined Identical Twins Finally Gets To Go Home From Texas Hospital

The Richards family can finally bring Anna Grace home after 428 days of being in the hospital. Her formerly conjoined twin, Hope Elizabeth, is expected to go home soon as well.

Medicine March 10, 2018

Fertility Clinic Malfunction Risks The Viability Of More Than 2000 Eggs And Embryos

A malfunction over the weekend caused temperatures to rise at a Clevelant area fertility clinic. The temperature fluctuation may have compromised the viability of at least 2,100 frozen eggs and embryos.

Medicine March 10, 2018

People Are So Addicted To Opioids But They’re Not Even Better Than Painkillers, Says New Study

America’s opioid crisis is worsening at a point where health officials are encouraged to prescribe them only as a last resort. Well, it turns out painkillers may just be enough.

Medicine March 8, 2018

Opioid Overdose Among Children Nearly Doubles, DOJ Creates Task Force

The Department of Justice announced the creation of a task force to combat the prescription of opioid drugs. A recent study showed that pediatric admissions for opioid overdose and poisoning among children nearly doubled in 20 years.

Medicine March 6, 2018

Light Marijuana Use Not Linked To Kidney Disease, According To New Study

A new study sheds light on the association between light marijuana use and developing chronic kidney disease. It turns out there’s no link between the two at all.

Medicine March 5, 2018

Doctors Defend Kenyan Surgeon Who Performed Brain Surgery On Wrong Patient

Four medical staff at a hospital in Nairobi are suspended after a patient who needed non-invasive treatment ended up with brain surgery. Doctors defend the neurosurgeon who performed the operation, arguing that he's not to blame for the mix-up.

Medicine March 3, 2018

NIAID Plans To Develop A Universal Influenza Vaccine

With the influenza virus constantly mutating, the next influenza season may bring in more deaths. Fortunately, a universal flu virus by the NIH’s NIAID is coming soon with an efficiency of 75 percent.

Medicine March 3, 2018

Researchers Propose Five Clusters Of Diabetes Instead Of Two Types

Instead of the current classification of diabetes, researchers of a new study are proposing five clusters of diabetes. It is more specific and could lead to more targeted treatments for patients.

Medicine March 3, 2018

Young Father Of Two May Lose Penis To Aggressive Penile Cancer

The lump on a man's penis grew to the size of a grape in just three weeks. Still, he remains positive and eager to live his life with his fiancée and children.

Medicine March 2, 2018

Doctors Acknowledge That Menstrual Cramps Can Be Almost As Painful As Heart Attacks: What Now?

Doctors agree that menstrual cramps can be almost as painful as a heart attack. Why aren't more people taking it as a serious public health issue?

Medicine March 1, 2018

Tree Nuts Such As Pecans, Almonds, And Walnuts May Help Improve Colon Cancer Survival

Stage III colon cancer patients who consumed nuts were found to have reduced risk for cancer recurrence and death. Disease-free survival was better among nut consumers who ate tree nuts instead of peanuts.

Medicine March 2, 2018

There’s A Much Safer IV Liquid Than Saline, Suggests New Study

There might be a better alternative than saline in IV bags. A new research says that using balanced fluids in IV therapies could lead to less deaths and cases of kidney damage.

Medicine February 28, 2018

The FDA Is Taking Steps To Combat Opioid Addiction, Plans Expanded Access To Medication-Assisted Therapy

New Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar has vowed to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addicts. He also announced that the FDA will issue two new guidances to combat America’s opioid crisis.

Medicine February 27, 2018

Surgery And Anesthesia May Affect Immediate Memory, Study Finds

Researchers of a new study found immediate memory decline among patients who had surgery and anesthesia. The decline they found was small but still significant.

Medicine February 25, 2018

Drug That Can Kill Flu Virus In A Day Approved In Japan

Xofluza has just been approved by Japanese authorities as a swift and effective antiviral drug that can kill the flu in a day. It stops the virus by preventing it from taking over human cells to begin with.

Medicine February 23, 2018

Parkinson's Disease May Be Diagnosed Using Tears, Study Says

A new study has shed some light on how Parkinson's disease could be diagnosed and on more clues about the disease. Scientists said they can use tears to see if someone has Parkinson's.

Medicine February 23, 2018

Most Popular Antidepressant Among Least Effective In Treating Depression

A popular antidepressant drug is found to be among the least effective of the medicines used for treating depression. What were the best antidepressants based on efficacy and tolerability?

Medicine February 23, 2018

Antidepressants Work On Treating Major Depression, New Study Says

The largest study on the effectiveness of antidepressants has just been published, showing that they do work on treating major depressive disorders. However, depression remains a mystery.

Medicine February 22, 2018

A Woman's Bloated Stomach Turned Out To Be Surgical Sponges Left Inside Her For Several Years

A woman told doctors that she had been suffering from a bloated stomach for three years. The discomfort was discovered to be caused by surgical sponges that were left inside her body during a previous caesarian section operation.

Medicine February 22, 2018

Cancer Vaccine: Stem Cells Prevented Development Of Tumors In Mice Study

Induced pluripotent stem cells can train the body's immune system to attack or prevent the development of tumors. Researchers found that tumors in vaccinated mice shrank and completely rejected cancer cells.

Medicine February 22, 2018

Drug For Treatment Of Peanut Allergy Nears Approval

After successful clinical trials, a new drug to treat peanut allergy is getting closer to approval. A large number of children suffering from peanut allergies can benefit from the drug.

Medicine February 21, 2018

New FDA Guidelines Eases Approval For Neurology Drugs Including Treatment for Alzheimer's

The Food and Drug Administration recognized the urgent need for new medical treatments for many neurological disorders. The agency proposed to ease the guidelines for the approval of new drugs for Alzheimer's, epilepsy, migraine, and ALS.

Medicine February 19, 2018

Parents Are Feeding Their Kids Bleach To 'Cure' Autism, What Is MMS?

Some parents have been getting in trouble for giving their children a bleach-like 'miracle cure' for autism. What exactly is MMS and what are its potential effects?

Medicine February 18, 2018

Fathers' Genes Could Raise Daughters' Ovarian Cancer Risk

New research indicates that fathers can pass a gene mutation to daughters, which would increase daughters' risk of ovarian cancer. More research is necessary, but the findings hold great promise for better cancer prevention.

Medicine February 17, 2018

Brazilian Gang Holds Medical Staff Hostage To Vaccinate Poor Neighborhood Against Yellow Fever

A Brazilian gang helped out a neighborhood by taking into hostage two medical professionals. The gang forced the staff to vaccinate the entire neighborhood against yellow fever.

Medicine February 15, 2018

FDA Approves Marketing Of First Blood Test To Diagnose Concussions

The Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator can help detect concussion quickly and without exposing patients to radiation. Results of the blood test is available within three and four hours.

Medicine February 15, 2018

Powerful Antibiotic Found In Dirt Could Kill Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Researchers have discovered a new a potentially new antibiotic that's very powerful. This could help against drug-resistant bacteria that the health sector is struggling against.

Medicine February 13, 2018

Man's Heart Condition Makes Him Forget His Wife Is 9 Months Pregnant

A man's serious heart condition was found out to be more than just a matter of the heart. The condition affected his memory so much that he forgot his wife was nine months pregnant.

Medicine February 13, 2018

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