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White House: Science Indicates Parents Should Vaccinate Kids

January 30, 2015 4:29 pm | by Nedra Pickler - Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children. Read more...                 

Rotavirus Vaccine Reduces Severe Diarrhea by 64 Percent

January 29, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Liverpool | News | Comments

Researchers have found that diarrhoea caused by rotavirus infection is significantly reduced in...

U.S. Measles Outbreak Hits 87 Cases and Counting

January 28, 2015 12:33 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

The measles outbreak, which originated at Disneyland, continues to expand, with 87...

Potential Hydrogen Sulfide Poisoning Therapy Being Investigated

January 23, 2015 4:02 pm | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

Researchers are investigating the long-term neurological damage caused by hydrogen sulfide...

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Study: Prescription Painkillers Double Risk of Birth Defects

January 23, 2015 1:07 pm | by March of Dimes Foundation | News | Comments

Many women are unaware that prescription opioid-based medications may increase the risk for serious birth defects of the baby's brain, spine, and heart. Read more...                

Have Faith in the Flu Shot

January 23, 2015 1:01 pm | by Chris DeFrancesco, University of Connecticut | News | Comments

The rate of effectiveness for this year’s vaccine has been disappointing, with at least half the states reporting widespread incidence of influenza. Read more...                 

Step Closer to Predicting Cancer Patients' Drug Toxicity

January 23, 2015 8:59 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

Being able to predict that a patient will adversely react to a drug that's meant to be treating them is a key aim of personalized medicine, and could help to improve the patient's overall treatment. Read more...                  

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World's Only Super-Database for Pharmaceutical Use During Pregnancy

January 22, 2015 9:50 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Medical researchers must exclude pregnant women from drug trials to protect their babies. Read more...                           

BioMérieux, Astute Medical: Global Agreement to Develop, Market AKI Test

January 22, 2015 9:32 am | News | Comments

This is a semi-exclusive agreement regarding the development of a test for the early risk assessment of acute kidney injury (AKI). Read more...                    

Scientists Find New Benefit to Lou Gehrig's Drug

January 21, 2015 11:51 am | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

It makes radiation more effective when treating melanoma that has metastasized to the brain. Read more...                          

NIH Researchers Tackle Thorny Side of Gene Therapy

January 21, 2015 10:05 am | by NIH | News | Comments

National Institutes of Health researchers have uncovered a key factor in understanding the elevated cancer risk associated with gene therapy. They conducted research on mice with a rare disease similar to one in humans, hoping their findings may eventually help improve gene therapy for humans. Read more...

Container Closure Integrity: Testing at Low Temps

January 20, 2015 11:10 am | by Louis Brasten, Supervisor, Routine and Functional Analysis/Filling Services, Barbara Jacobs, Scientist, Analytical Services, Alicia Brydzinski, Scientist, Analytical Services - West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The container closure integrity, or CCI, on packaging for parenteral drug products plays a critical role in the preservation of the drug product. The combination of the packaging closure components must be carefully selected to eliminate means of contamination that could affect the drug product negatively. Read more...

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'Microcapsules' Have Potential to Repair Osteoarthritis Damage

January 20, 2015 9:44 am | by Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

A new 'microcapsule' treatment delivery method could reduce inflammation in cartilage affected by osteoarthritis and reverse damage to tissue. Read more...                 

Study Warns About Bisphenol A Substitutes

January 16, 2015 9:38 am | News | Comments

This study appeared in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Read more...                                

To Screen or Not to Screen for Hepatitis C

January 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Stanford Medicine | News | Comments

In the past few years, newer, more effective treatments have been introduced for hepatitis C – a disease that can lead to chronic liver problems and in the worst cases, liver cancer. Read more...                       

U.S. Painkiller Abuse 'Epidemic' May Be Declining: Study

January 15, 2015 10:35 am | News | Comments

The U.S. "epidemic" of prescription-painkiller abuse may be starting to reverse course, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, are welcome news. The decline suggests that recent laws and prescribing guidelines aimed at preventing painkiller abuse are working to some degree. Read more...

19 Measles Cases Reported with Ties to Disney Theme Parks

January 12, 2015 1:07 pm | by Amy Taxin - Associated Press | News | Comments

Nineteen people from three states who visited Disney theme parks in California last month have now fallen ill with measles. Read more...                     

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Daiichi Sankyo's AFib Tablets Gain FDA Approval

January 9, 2015 9:36 am | News | Comments

The tablets reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism. Read more...                               

Vitamin B May Counter Negative Effects of Pesticide on Fertility

January 8, 2015 8:33 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Women who have adequate levels of B vitamins in their bodies are more likely to get and stay pregnant even when they also have high levels of a common pesticide known to have detrimental reproductive effects. Read more...       

FDA Label May Prevent Use of Metformin in Type 2 Diabetics

January 7, 2015 11:15 am | by UPenn | News | Comments

Many patients with type 2 diabetes in the United States may be discouraged from taking metformin—a proven, oral diabetes medicine—because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inappropriately labels the drug unsafe for some patients also suffering from kidney problems, researchers from Penn Medicine and Weill Cornel Medical College report this week in a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Drug Overdose Epidemic to Recede Soon: Study

January 7, 2015 11:06 am | by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health | News | Comments

A study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health is the first to apply Farr's Law on the rise and fall of epidemics to an outbreak that isn't, strictly speaking, infectious in origin: drug overdoses.                      

Fake Bar Part of Research into Anti-Drinking Drug

January 2, 2015 8:26 am | by Lauran Neergard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

This project is designed to test the safety of a new drug designed to help heavy drinkers say "when" sooner than usual. Read more...                      

Diabetes Drug May Be Safe for Patients With Kidney Disease

December 24, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

The most popular treatment for type 2 diabetes, metformin, may be safer for patients with mild to moderate kidney disease than guidelines suggest, according to a new, systematic review of the literature published by Yale investigators in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Read more...

FDA Clears Novo Nordisk Weight Loss Drug

December 24, 2014 8:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It's the first injectable drug approved for weight loss. Read more...                                

Drug Blocks Key Signal in Cancer Growth and Drug Resistance

December 23, 2014 8:46 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

An experimental cancer drug may block an important driver for the survival, growth and spread of cancer cells. Read more...                       

High Vancomycin Doses Fuel Risk of Kidney Damage in Children

December 22, 2014 3:01 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

A new study shows that hospitalized children given high-dose IV infusions of the antibiotic vancomycin to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections face an increased risk for kidney damage. Read more...          

After Lung Transplant, Antiviral Drug Resistance More Likely in Cystic Fibrosis

December 19, 2014 1:50 pm | News | Comments

A drug called ganciclovir is given to lung transplant patients to protect against a life-threatening virus that is common after transplantation. Read more...                                                     

Fresh Setback For Efforts to Cure HIV Infection

December 18, 2014 8:12 am | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Read more...                         

Despite Risks, Benzodiazepine Use Highest in Older People

December 17, 2014 4:50 pm | by NIH | News | Comments

Prescription use of benzodiazepines — a widely used class of sedative and anti-anxiety medications — increases steadily with age, despite the known risks for older people, according to a comprehensive analysis of benzodiazepine prescribing in the United States. Read more...

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