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Texas Teacher Dies From Flu: Antiviral Drugs Are Too Expensive, She Claimed Before Death

The deadly flu season in the United States has taken another life. A schoolteacher in Texas passed away early February after suffering from flu complications.

Medicine February 13, 2018

Mother Of 5 Dies Of TB Meningitis After Migraine Misdiagnosis

A mother of five lost her life in 2015 after her TB meningitis was misdiagnosed with a migraine. According to her husband, she could have been saved had proper diagnosis procedures been followed.

Medicine February 11, 2018

Oxycontin Maker Purdue Pharma To Stop Agressive Marketing Of Opioids

Purdue Pharma announced that it has reduced its sales force with its decision to stop promoting its blockbuster drug Oxycontin to doctors. Will this have a significant impact on the opioid epidemic?

Medicine February 11, 2018

Man's Rectum 'Fell Out' While Playing Phone Games On The Toilet: Report

After thirty minutes of playing mobile games while sitting on a toilet, a man in China felt a lump fall out of his anus. As it turns out, his rectum had fallen out of his body.

Medicine February 10, 2018

Somebody Took A Disturbing Selfie With Dental School Students And 2 Severed Heads

Somebody took a selfie with dental school students, a professor, and two severed heads in a workshop at Yale University. The officials of the school, which was not in charge of the workshop, described the incident as "disturbing" and "inexcusable."

Medicine February 6, 2018

New Cancer Vaccine Holds Promise In Preventing Metastases And Cancer Recurrence

A treatment that involves injecting immune stimulating agents into solid tumors eliminates all traces of cancer in mice. The cancer vaccine may potentially prevent cancers from returning after treatment.

Medicine February 5, 2018

Million-Dollar Lottery Winner Dies Of Stage IV Cancer Weeks After Jackpot

A New York man died of stage IV cancer just weeks after winning the jackpot in a scratch-off lottery. Before he won, he was saving to have enough money for a long overdue checkup.

Medicine February 3, 2018

Breast Cancer Therapies Pose Higher Risk Of Heart Disease, Warns The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association released a scientific statement, warning that some breast cancer therapies pose serious risks of heart disease. According to the organization, breast cancer survivors are more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer.

Medicine February 2, 2018

53-Year-Old Nursing Home Resident Dies After Being Administered Oxycodone That’s 20 Times Too Potent

A nursing home patient in Minnesota tragically died after a nurse mistakenly administered the wrong dosage of oxycodone. The 53-year-old patient was on a short-term visit at the facility for cancer treatment.

Medicine February 1, 2018

Experimental Cancer Vaccine Wiped Out All Tumors In Mice: Human Trials Up Next

A 'cancer vaccine' developed by researchers from Stanford University eliminated tumors in mice during experiments. The treatment, made up of a combination of molecules, will now undergo human trials to confirm if they are safe.

Medicine February 1, 2018

President Trump Discusses Health And Energy During 2018 State Of The Union

President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union since taking office, and he addressed important issues about health care, medicine, energy, and technology during his speech to Congress.

Medicine January 31, 2018

Pocket-Sized Device Could Make Genome Sequencing Cheaper And Faster

The mobile phone-sized device called MinION sequenced a complete human genome ever mapped using a single technology. What are its potential applications in the field of medicine?

Medicine January 30, 2018

Parents Try To Cure Autism In Children By Forcing Them To Drink Bleach

Parents are trying to cure autism in their children by forcing them to drink Miracle Mineral Solution. The substance, also known as simply MMS, contains sodium chlorite with citric acid powder, which combine to create industrial-strength bleach.

Medicine January 29, 2018

T-Shirt Ad For A Kidney Donor Succeeds, New Jersey Dad Finally Gets Kidney Transplant

A New Jersey dad took an unconventional approach in searching for a kidney donor by stating it on the T-shirt he wore to a theme park. Robert Leibowitz's story shows the power of social media and the kindness of strangers.

Medicine January 27, 2018

LOOK: Fish Skin Used To Successfully Treat Wildlife Burned In California Wildfire

The California wildfire affected both human and animal inhabitants of the affected area. Veterinarians at UC Davis treated the wild animal burn victims using Tilapia skin and other unconventional methods.

Medicine January 26, 2018

Epilepsy Drug With Marijuana-Based Ingredient Could Be Available In The US This Year

A clinical trial involving 171 patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome showed GW Pharmaceuticals' Epidiolex can reduce seizures. What are the side effects of this marijuana-based drug?

Medicine January 25, 2018

Diabetes Patients May Soon Monitor Their Blood Sugar Using This Smart Contact Lens

Researchers in South Korea developed a sugar-sensing contact lens that they predict would be available in 5 years for diabetes patients. What makes this device different from other smart contact lens?

Medicine January 24, 2018

Successful Surgery Fails To Save Life Of Boy With Giant Tumor On Face

Emanuel Zayas, a 14-year-old boy from Cuba with a giant tumor on his face, successfully underwent surgery to remove the benign growth. However, it was not enough to save his life, as he passed away due to kidney and lung failure.

Medicine January 22, 2018

Does Tamiflu Cause Hallucinations? 11-Year-Old Saw 'Portal To Hell' After Taking It

Does Tamiflu really have psychiatric side effects? An 11-year-old's hallucination of the portal to hell is just one of the growing numbers of Tamiflu-related hallucination reports.

Medicine January 20, 2018

ADHD Drug Use Spikes Among Young Women: CDC Report

The number of young women who are using prescription drugs to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has skyrocketed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It grew by around 344 percent over the last decade.

Medicine January 19, 2018

Angelina Jolie Gene Test: Testing Women For Faulty Genes May Prevent Cancer

A new recently published research found testing all women aged 30 and above for the 'Angelina Jolie gene' mutation, even when not at risk, may prevent cancer. Researchers say the approach is also cost-effective compared to today's methods.

Medicine January 18, 2018

Plastic Surgeon Showed Up Drunk For Operation, Arrested For Public Intoxication

A plastic surgeon in Kentucky allegedly showed up drunk to his scheduled operation. The doctor walked away from the hospital when he was confronted over his intoxication, but was later arrested.

Medicine January 17, 2018

WHO Prequalifies Affordable Typhoid Vaccine For Infants By Bharat Biotech

An Indian pharmaceutical company formulated a typhoid vaccine that could provide long-lasting immunity for infants older than 6 months. WHO announced that it will be in distribution in developing countries by 2019.

Medicine January 15, 2018

Doctors Want The White House Physician To Evaluate The President's Mental Health, Pen Urgent Letter

A group of doctors urged the White House chief physician to also check on the President's mental and cognitive well-being during his recent checkup. This is not the first time doctors were concerned about the President's mental health.

Medicine January 14, 2018

New Drug Capsule For HIV Treatment Could Someday Allow For Weekly Medication, Not Daily

A new drug capsule could one day allow once-a-week antiretroviral therapy for HIV rather than daily. The slow-release capsule could revolutionize HIV treatment delivery, combating one of the most prominent problems: adherence to treatment.

Medicine January 10, 2018

Men Who Take High Doses Of Ibuprofen May Experience Infertility And Erectile Dysfunction

Men who take high doses of ibuprofen may experience infertility and erectile dysfunction, among other health issues, according to a study. Scientists warned against taking the common painkiller drug for months beyond what is necessary.

Medicine January 9, 2018

American Tourist Who Overdosed On Viagra Walks Naked, Throws Poo In Thai Airport

A 27-year-old New Yorker went on a rampage in Phuket International Airport. While high on Viagra, he screamed at scared onlookers and even threw his own feces at airport staff.

Medicine January 9, 2018

Gene Therapy To Treat Inherent Blindness Will Cost $850,000: Is This The Future Of Medicine?

Luxturna, a drug for gene therapy to cure inherent blindness that was recently approved by the FDA, will cost $850,000. Does the prohibitive cost outweigh the advantages of a one-time treatment to cure a hereditary disease?

Medicine January 4, 2018

FDA Approves First Shock Wave Device To Heal Foot Ulcers In Diabetes Patients

The FDA approved the use of the Dermapace System, a shock wave device that can promote healing of diabetic foot ulcers. What are some of its side effects?

Medicine January 1, 2018

Diabetes Drug May Reverse Effects Of Alzheimer's Disease

A Type 2 diabetes drug presented new hope in treating Alzheimer’s disease. Containing three growth factors, it proved to be effective in reducing brain inflammation, and much more.

Medicine January 2, 2018

Pain-Free Patch Stimulates Insulin Production To Manage Type 2 Diabetes

A research group developed a skin patch that regulates blood sugar level without inducing any pain. It contained an innovative formula that acts unlike any other existing treatment for Type 2 diabetes.

Medicine January 2, 2018

Taking Vitamin D And Calcium Supplements Might Not Help Bones At All, Study Says

A new analysis of previous studies suggests that taking supplements for calcium and vitamin D aren’t associated with preventing bone fractures in adults. Should you stop taking them?

Medicine December 27, 2017

Doctors Remove Basketball-Sized Tumor Initially Thought To Be A Pimple

Two years ago, Emanuel's parents noticed what was believed to be a pimple on his face. In January, he will undergo surgery to remove the now-basketball-sized tumor on his face.

Medicine December 25, 2017

Utah Boy’s Life-Saving Medication Stolen From Family Home’s Porch

A week before Christmas, someone stole a Utah boy's 3-month supply of life-saving medication from his family home porch. Fortunately, the boy's father managed to replace it in time for his son.

Medicine December 23, 2017

Rub-On Contraceptive Gel For Men Set For 2018 Clinical Trial

The male contraceptive to be tested in 2018 is a rub-on gel that's expected to reduce sperm production. The gel is made to be rubbed on the upper arm and shoulder, not on genitals.

Medicine December 22, 2017

Nerve Swap Surgery Restores Functions Of Paralyzed Arms

A surgery, which saw the use of a nerve swapping technique, enabled Chinese surgeons to let their operated patients regain the use of their paralyzed hands. Know how the feat was accomplished.

Medicine December 22, 2017

Woman Gives Birth To Baby From 24-Year-Old Frozen Embryo

A woman successfully gave birth to a baby girl who spent more than 24 years as a frozen embryo in a lab. Surprisingly, the embryo was conceived just one year and a half after the woman’s own birth.

Medicine December 20, 2017

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy For Inherited Disease

Luxturna was recently approved for the treatment of a blindness-causing RPE65 gene mutation. With two injections in each eye, patients diagnosed with a hereditary retinal dystrophy would be able to experience improved vision.

Medicine December 20, 2017

Italian Family Can't Feel Pain Because Of Rare Gene Mutation

Members of a family in Italy can get injured without feeling any pain because their nerves don't work the way they should. Their genetic mutation could lead to new pain management treatments.

Medicine December 17, 2017

Ketamine Rapidly Reduces Suicidal Thoughts In Depressed People, Says Study

Depressed patients who take low doses of ketamine are more likely to have decreased suicidal thoughts, according to a new study. But ketamine is still far from being a miracle drug.

Medicine December 16, 2017

Pregnant Woman Loses Baby After Doctor Boyfriend Spiked Her Drink With Abortion Pills

Brooke Fiske lost her baby after her doctor boyfriend, Sikander Imran, tricked her into drinking tea that was spiked with abortion pills. Imran is now in custody for a crime that may land him decades of imprisonment.

Medicine December 15, 2017

Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Body Is Still Alive, Against All Odds

Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who was born with her heart outside her chest, is still alive three weeks after being delivered. Doctors expected a next to impossible chance for survival, but the baby has defied the odds.

Medicine December 14, 2017

Mom Arrested After Subjecting Her Son To 13 Major Surgeries And 323 Hospital Visits: Munchausen By Proxy?

34-year-old Texas mother was arrested for injury to a child, after putting her son through 323 hospital visits and 13 major surgeries, all unnecessary. She is believed to suffer from Munchausen by Proxy.

Medicine December 15, 2017

Huntington's Disease: Experimental Drug Marks Huge Breakthrough In First Human Trial

The first human Huntington's trial was successful, sparking hopes that the disease could one day have a cure. An experimental drug lowers the levels of harmful proteins in the nervous system and could slow down the progression of the disease.

Medicine December 12, 2017

Men With Older Brothers Have Higher Likelihood Of Being Gay

Men with many older brothers have a higher chance of becoming gay. A study has explained how certain maternal antibodies, produced in women pregnant with boys, increase with more male children one has.

Medicine December 12, 2017

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