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Persistent Swollen Neck Glands Could Indicate Cancer

April 27, 2015 8:50 am | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

New research has concluded that persistent enlarged lymph glands, found in the neck, should be referred for further investigation when detected in clinic. Read more...

Divestment Gains Boost Net Earnings at Novartis

April 23, 2015 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss-based pharmaceutical company Novartis reported a large jump in first-quarter net profit...

WHO: Global Vaccination Records 'Off-Track'

April 23, 2015 8:45 am | News | Comments

Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still...

Boosting the Malaria Battle-Line

April 23, 2015 8:39 am | by University of Melbourne | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered how the malaria parasite protects itself by building resistance...

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Link Between Serotonin and Depression is a Myth, Says Psychiatrist

April 22, 2015 2:11 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

The widely held belief that depression is caused by low levels of serotonin and that certain antidepressants raise the levels of this neurotransmitter, is a myth, according to a psychiatrist in an editorial article in The BMJ this week. Read more...

No Link Between Vaccine and Autism, Massive Study Says

April 21, 2015 11:06 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A massive new study has found no link between a common vaccine and autism, researchers announced today. The study is the latest among years of research projects which make no connection between inoculations and an increased risk for the autism spectrum, the researchers said. Read more...

Detecting Low-Quality Antimalarial Drugs With a Lab-On-Paper

April 21, 2015 8:40 am | by University of Notre Dame | News | Comments

The colors show whether a medicine contains the expected ingredients and whether fillers or substitute drugs have been added. Read more...

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Global Pandemic of Fake Medicines Poses Urgent Risk

April 20, 2015 4:41 pm | by National Institute of Health | News | Comments

Poor quality medicines are a real and urgent threat that could undermine decades of successful efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Read more...

Opioid Release Rates Fall After Jail Release

April 20, 2015 10:53 am | by NYU Langone | News | Comments

It has been called a pioneering strategy for treating opioid addiction. Read more...

Studies: Keytruda Effective Against 3 Cancers

April 20, 2015 10:30 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

One of the hot new cancer immunotherapy drugs strongly benefited patients with melanoma, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Read more...

Dr. Oz Defends Himself Against Critical Letter Written to Columbia

April 20, 2015 8:51 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The TV personality responded to the letter Friday evening. Read more...

Synthetic Drugs: Evidence That They Can Cause Cancer

April 17, 2015 8:19 am | by Medical University of Vienna | News | Comments

Synthetic cannabinoids are difficult to identify chemically and the possible unwanted toxic effects that can occur following their consumption have so far barely been investigated. Read more...

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Investigating Overuse of Antipsychotic Drugs in Dementia Patients

April 13, 2015 11:33 am | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

Rutgers will take the lead in a three-year study that will investigate the effectiveness of federal and state initiatives to address overprescribing of antipsychotic medications for dementia patients in nursing homes. Read more...

A Patch for Peanut Allergies

April 9, 2015 11:56 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

French biopharmaceutical company DBV Technologies moves closer to bringing its peanut allergy patch to market, receiving Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as it prepares to launch its Phase 3 trial. Read more...

Vitamin D Link with Depression in Overweight Women

April 9, 2015 8:43 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown link between vitamin D and depression in overweight women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Read more...

Mixed Picture on the Effectiveness of Viagra and Other Related Drugs

April 8, 2015 8:22 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Restoring impotence using drugs such as Viagra still leaves older sufferers dissatisfied with their sex lives. Read more...

NTU Finds New Treatment Options for Colon Cancer

April 6, 2015 8:30 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered that an existing chemotherapy drug used to treat leukaemia could prevent and control the growth of colorectal tumors. Read more...

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Pill Manufacturing – A Second Revolution?

April 1, 2015 9:56 am | by Paul Roossin, Science Director Nanotronics Imaging | Articles | Comments

Pills have been used to deliver a measured medicinal dose for over three millennia. When the British artist, inventor, and watchmaker William Brockedon produced a compression machine for graphite to produce a better pencil lead, his invention was noticed by a savvy pharmaceutical company who hired him to retool the instrument to produce tablets. Read more...

Indiana Governor Overrides Law to Authorize Needle Exchange

March 27, 2015 10:32 am | by Rick Callahan, AP | News | Comments

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use. Read more...

FDA Approves Anthrax Treatment

March 25, 2015 1:10 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved Emergent BioSolutions’ infusible drug Anthrasil for use in combination with antibiotics to treat inhalational anthrax, which happens when bacterial spores that carry anthrax are breathed in. Read more...

Blood Test Could Help Bowel Cancer Patients Avoid Drug Side-Effects

March 25, 2015 8:33 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Researchers have provided early evidence to suggest that a blood test could be used to identify bowel cancer patients that may benefit from more intensive chemotherapy. Read more...

Gilead Issues Safety Alert over Hepatitis C, Heart Drug Combination

March 24, 2015 12:03 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Taking these medications together is ill-advised. Read more...

Novartis' Cosentyx Shows Sustained Effect and Favorable Safety Profile

March 23, 2015 8:35 am | News | Comments

Novartis announced new two-year results demonstrating strong and sustained efficacy with Cosentyx. Read more...

NSAIDS and Cancer Risk

March 20, 2015 10:01 am | by Sue McGreevy, Harvard University | News | Comments

An analysis of genetic and lifestyle data from 10 large epidemiologic studies has confirmed that regular use of aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appears to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in most individuals. Read more...

Are Antipsychotic Drugs more Dangerous to Dementia Patients Than We Think?

March 18, 2015 11:56 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Drugs aimed at quelling the behavior problems of dementia patients may also hasten their deaths more than previously realized, a new study finds. Read more..

New Hope for Kidney Disease

March 18, 2015 8:43 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Researchers have made a discovery that could see patients with kidney disease no longer having to resort to dialysis or kidney transplants. Read more...

New System Made for Detecting Adverse Effects of Medications Using Social Media

March 17, 2015 8:55 am | by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a system for detecting adverse effects of pharmaceutical drugs by tracking information generated by patients on specialized blogs or social networks such as Twitter in real time. Read more...

Diabetes Drug Shown Not to Increase Heart Failure Risk

March 13, 2015 12:17 pm | by University of Connecticut | News | Comments

People with the most common form of diabetes can take the new drug Alogliptin without concern for an increased risk of heart failure or cardiovascular disease, according to research by a UConn cardiologist published in the British medical journal, The Lancet. Read more..

Harder-to-Abuse OxyContin Doesn’t Stop Illicit Use

March 12, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jim Dryden, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

A reformulation of OxyContin that makes it harder to abuse has curtailed the drug’s illicit use. But some 25 percent of drug abusers entering rehab said they still abused the prescription painkiller despite package labeling that emphasizes its abuse-deterrent properties, new research indicates. Read more...

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