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Some Experts Concerned Over FDA Fast-Track Cancer Treatment Approval Program

A new study evaluated new cancer treatments that received accelerated approval from the FDA. It found that out of 93 drugs in the program, only 19 were proven to extend the lives of patients who took them.

Public Health May 29, 2019

New Imaging Technique That Uses Nanotechnology Helps Scientists Look At DNA Like Never Before

Scientists have discovered a new form of technology that allowed them to study DNA more closely. Researchers from Bionano Genomics in San Diego called it nanochannel technology.

Biotech April 29, 2019

Parrot 'Arrested' After Warning Drug Traffickers Of Police Raid

A parrot was taken into custody after it warned its owners of the presence of police officers outside the house. The bird's owners are suspected drug dealers.

Animals April 28, 2019

New York Heroin Use Figures Higher Than US Average

Many New York workers tested positive for heroin, according to Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index. The state’s average use rate for the opiate is higher than the national average.

Public Health April 15, 2019

FDA Releases List Of 'Safe' Blood Pressure Drugs Amid Sartan Recalls

FDA published a list of drugs that the public can take in place of recalled sartan medications. Amid the issues on impurity-containing products, the agency encouraged patients to still take their blood pressure medications.

Public Health April 6, 2019

New Poll Shows Growing Majority Of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana

More Americans believe that marijuana use should be legalized. Advocates hope that the growing endorsement of the public would encourage the government to reclassify the substance.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 21, 2019

FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment For Breast Cancer

The FDA approved the first immunotherapy drug to treat breast cancer. The medication was specifically prescribed for patients with triple-negative breast cancer, which is the metastatic and advanced-stage disease.

Medicine March 9, 2019

Brexit Vote May Have Caused Rise In Antidepressant Use In The UK

Brexit might have caused an increase in antidepressant use in England. A study revealed that, while prescription of other drugs not involved in treating mental health problems declined, prescription of antidepressants experienced growth in the past years following the referendum.

Medicine November 22, 2018

Mac Miller Was Already Dead Long Before The Body Was Discovered

Mac Miller has been dead for long before his body was found in his San Fernando Valley home. According to authorities, there were also traces of little white powder but his house has been cleaned to traces of the substance.

Celebrities September 15, 2018

AI Tool Can Predict Side Effects From Prescription Drug Combinations

The AI-powered system Decagon from Stanford researchers seeks to accurately predict the likely side effects from drug combinations. The tool is hoped to prevent life-threatening problems in prescription as well as help research create better drug pairings.

July 11, 2018

Retail Stores Install Blue Lights In Restrooms To Try To Fight Back Against Opioid Epidemic

Retails store chains are participating in a field test for blue lights in their restrooms. The blue lights are being used to deter drug users from injecting themselves in the stalls, as part of the fight against the opioid crisis.

Public Health June 25, 2018

Teens Are Having Less Sex For The First Time In Decades, But Still At Risk For New Dangers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that teenagers are having less sex for the first time in 10 years. The data that was collected from a nationwide survey stated that teenagers are still at risk for other dangers.

Public Health June 15, 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

Researchers Say More Young People Are Selecting Marijuana As Their First Drug

Researchers discovered that teenagers today are more likely to choose marijuana as their first drug instead of tobacco or alcohol. The number of teens abstaining from drugs has also increased.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 18, 2018

Alcohol And Tobacco Attribute To More Deaths Worldwide Than Illegal Drugs, New Study Suggests

According to a new study, excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco is more deadly than using any illegal drugs. Alcohol and tobacco contributed to more deaths worldwide than opioids and prescription drugs.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 11, 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

One In 10 Non-Drug Users Have Detectable Cocaine Or Heroin On Their Fingerprints

Staying clean no longer keeps you safe from testing positive for class A drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Simply touching a drug user's hands already facilitates the transfer of traces that can't be removed even by thorough handwashing.

Public Health March 22, 2018

Authorities Warn Of Street Drug Laced With Bug Spray That Causes Zombie-Like Effects

Users of the bug spray-laced drug known as KD passed out with the drug still in their hands. Some were observed eating grass and dirt from the ground.

Public Health March 21, 2018

Herbal Supplement Kratom Contains Opioid, FDA Issues Public Warning

The Food and Drug Administration warned the public against using the herbal supplement Kratom because of its addictive properties. The unregulated supplement, which is used to treat pain, anxiety and drug dependence, is linked to 44 deaths.

Public Health February 7, 2018

Two Men Sent To Prison For Having Enough Fentanyl To Kill Everyone In New York City And New Jersey

Two men were sentenced to prison for possession of heroin and fentanyl, with intent to distribute the drugs. Police seized from them 45 kilograms of fentanyl, which contained over 18 million lethal doses of the powerful opioid.

Public Health January 30, 2018

Teens Like Pot And Vaping, But Opioid Misuse Hits Historic Low: Study

A national survey found that teens like pot and vaping, but alcohol, cigarette, and drug use is otherwise low compared to other years. Opioid misuse has also hit historic lows among teens.

Public Health December 15, 2017

Heart Disease Deaths Plunge But Drug Overdoses Rise: CDC

Latest figures from the CDC showed that deaths by drug overdose in the United States have risen by around 20 percent in 2016. What's behind the increase in death rate?

Public Health November 4, 2017

Genetically Engineered Chickens Lay Eggs That Contain Drug Against Cancer And Hepatitis

Japanese scientists have genetically engineered hens to lay eggs that contain interferon beta, a type of protein used as treatment for malignant skin cancer and hepatitis. Here's how they did it.

Medicine October 9, 2017

PPI Heartburn Drugs Linked To Increased Risk Of Early Death: Should You Stop Taking These Medicines?

PPI drugs, which are used to treat heartburn and reduce stomach acid, are linked to higher risk of early death. Does this mean that people who take these medications should stop using them?

Medicine July 5, 2017

Your Heartburn Drug Could Be Sending You To An Early Grave

Participants in a new study who took proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) emerged with a 25 percent higher risk of death from heartburn drugs. Learn more about the potential dangers of this class of heartburn medications.

Medicine July 4, 2017

Fentanyl Spill At Police Station Prompts Changes To Drug Evidence Repackaging Procedures

Two people were transporting drug evidence when fentanyl leaked through a box. The incident became a hazmat situation and prompted GBI's Crime Lab to modify current procedures for repackaging and returning drug evidence.

Public Health June 30, 2017

Kenya Becomes First African Nation To Test Generic HIV/AIDS Drug

Kenya is the first African country to get a generic version of dolutegravir, the current first-line drug for people living with HIV. Experts also highlight the continuing importance of antiretroviral therapy in tackling HIV/AIDS.

Public Health June 28, 2017

Opioid And Drug Theft Rampant At Veterans Affairs Hospitals: Report

Veteran Affairs hospitals have more cases of opioid and drug theft than private hospitals. Doctors and other employees in VA medical centers and clinics are suspected to be behind the missing drugs.

Public Health May 30, 2017

In A First, FDA OKs Cancer Treatment For Tumors With Specific Genetic Feature

Keytruda, Merck's immunotherapy drug, now enjoys FDA drug approval. In a bold move, the agency OK'd the drug based on specific genetic features, not where the tumor originally appeared in the body.

Medicine May 24, 2017

Painkillers Up Risk Of Heart Attack, But Here's Why Your Doctor Will Not Stop You From Taking Them

A new study links routine use of common over-the-counter painkillers to an increased risk of heart attack. Read more about the dangers of NSAIDs and the association made between these NSAIDs and heart attack.

Medicine May 10, 2017

11-Year-Old Buys Second-Hand Copy Of 'GTA V' From GameStop, Gets A Free Bag Of Meth

An 11-year-old boy who purchased a second-hand copy of 'Grand Theft Auto V' discovered a small packet containing a white substance hidden in the manual's pages. The substance turned out to be methamphetamine, or meth.

Video Games May 10, 2017

Heroin Addiction Rises In White People, Says New Study

Heroin addiction, especially among the whites in the United States, has experienced a rise. The rise in heroin addiction is attributed to the wrongful use of prescribed opioids.

Public Health March 31, 2017

Fentanyl Overdose: Symptoms And Treatment Of Drug Abuse

An overdose of fentanyl is known to cause several thousand deaths each year. Here's a detailed look at the various symptoms and signs of fentanyl overdose and abuse.

Medicine March 19, 2017

Fentanyl Analogue And Chemical Ingredients Make It To UN’s List Of International Controlled Substances

The United Nations has put chemical ingredients used in the production of the illicit drug fentanyl and a similar substance under its international watch list. What does it mean for America’s drug abuse crisis?

Public Health March 17, 2017

Cocaine: What Happens To The Son If The Father Uses It

New research has shown the negative effects of cocaine on sons of male rats. Male children of cocaine-using fathers could suffer from cognitive impairment and memory loss.

Neuroscience March 3, 2017

‘Priority Pathogens’: WHO Sounds Alarm On These 12 Superbugs

The WHO has published its first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens,” which details the 12 superbugs believed to pose the greatest threat to human health. Find out what these drug-resistant bacteria are.

Public Health February 28, 2017

Researchers Gain Insight Into How The Brain Perceives Meaning With Help From LSD

Findings from new research offered insight into how the brain prrocesses meaning when people use drugs like LSD. According to the study, specific receptors and neuro-chemicals in the brain are responsible for such changes.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 28, 2017

Solar-Powered Artificial Leaf Can Produce Drugs For Sick Astronauts In Mars

Access to life-saving drugs is crucial for astronauts who will be sent for manned mission to Mars. An artificial leaf powered by sunlight may serve as a mini-factory of medicines on the red planet.

Space December 22, 2016

Artificial Leaf Can Act As Mini-Factory Of Drugs Anywhere There Is Sunlight

An artificial leaf powered by sunlight copies nature's ability to produce food through photosynthesis. The device can be used to produce drug compounds in remote places such as planet Mars.

Energy December 21, 2016

Mylan Pays Medicaid $465 Million For Overpriced EpiPens: What Are The Most Expensive Drugs In America?

Many prescription medications already carry sky-high price tags and it doesn’t look like prices are going to drop anytime soon. What are the most expensive drugs in America?

Medicine October 9, 2016

DNA Nanobot That Releases Drugs Using Mind Control May Alter Course Of Mental Health Treatment

A DNA nanobot can release drugs when it is heated using electromagnetic energy. How can it change the way mental health problems such as schizophrenia are treated?

Neuroscience August 28, 2016

New Drug Relieves Pain Like Morphine But Does Not Cause Addiction, Other Side Effects Linked To Opioid Use

The compound PZM21 does not cause side effects associated with use of opioid painkillers. In a study on mice, the drug did not cause respiratory suppression, constipation or addictive behaviors.

Medicine August 17, 2016

MIT Scientists Develop Portable Device To Manufacture Biopharmaceuticals On Demand

MIT scientists developed a compact device that can produce a single dose of biopharmaceutical treatment on demand. The system is based on a strain of yeast called Pichia pastoris.

Medicine August 2, 2016

Sage Therapeutics Experimental Drug Could Eliminate Postpartum Depression

An experimental drug for postpartum depression shows success in the clinical trial with no reports of side effects and remissions. The findings could lead to the development of new treatments and new information about the condition.

Medicine July 13, 2016

Brexit Leads To Drug Price Surge, Denies Patients NHS Life-Saving Drugs

Thousands of UK patients could suffer delays in the purchase of medicine and services that could save their lives due to the post-Brexit drug price surge. This raised concerns that the NHS might not be able to buy some medicines.

Medicine July 4, 2016

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