Credit: CC0 Public Domain A drug used to treat tapeworm infections could also be used to fight a wide range of cancers, an A*STAR study suggests. More than half of human cancers carry a mutation in the tumor suppressor gene p53, making it an attractive target for cancer therapy. Many research efforts have focused on […]Continue Reading ...
The identification of ORP2 as the protein responsible for transporting cholesterol around a cell opens the way to develop drugs that could improve the body’s good cholesterol levels. Credit: Shutterstock Scientists at UNSW Sydney have made a breakthrough discovery about cholesterol transportation in cells that opens the way for new drugs to increase the body’s […]Continue Reading ...
Micrograph of a plasmacytoma, the histologic correlate of multiple myeloma. H&E stain. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 A new treatment for people with multiple myeloma will now be available on the NHS in England. Daratumumab (Darzalex) was approved by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in combination with two other drugs, bortezomib (Velcade) […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a cellphone app that uses sonar to monitor someone’s breathing rate and sense when an opioid overdose has occurred. Credit: Mark Stone/University of Washington At least 115 people die every day in the U.S. after overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Patients who took statins less than 70 percent of the time had a 20 percent increase in mortality compared with those taking them at least 90 percent of the time, a Stanford study found. A lot of patients with arteries clogged by cholesterol aren’t taking their statins, a new study by […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new study suggests that antibiotics are being overused in up to 60 percent of patients undergoing common urological procedures. The study, led by Daniel Livorsi, MD, University of Iowa assistant professor of internal medicine, shows that the high rates of overuse were mostly due to extended use of antibiotics following […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Taking very small amounts of psychedelic substances on a regular basis – called ‘microdosing’ – may improve psychological and cognitive functioning, but the effects do not exactly match users’ expectations, a new study from Macquarie University suggests. Microdosing of substances like LSD and psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms) has had a […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety study estimates the prevalence and risk factors for self-reported misuse of prescribed opioids in the general adult population. Based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the study’s investigators estimate that of more than 89 million US adults who used prescription […]Continue Reading ...
Dan Willard doesn’t remember a thing from those fateful 48 hours. Not what happened to the 32 pills of prescribed painkiller—nor how his daughter dragged his body from the chair to the floor so she could follow the emergency operator’s CPR instructions. But he knows what led up to it all. The 65-year-old retired 911 […]Continue Reading ...
The use of opioids for pain management among U.S. adults with severe pain interface has more than doubled since 1998. Credit: NCCIH Prompted by a call from the National Academy of Medicine, then the Institute of Medicine, for improved national data on pain, a recent study provides new insights concerning pain trends and opioid use […]Continue Reading ...
A black and white X-ray picture showing a triangular white area on the left side. A circle highlights the area. Credit: James Heilman, MD./Wikipedia Taking prescribed opioids raises the risk of pneumonia in individuals with and without HIV, a new Yale-led study finds. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reinforces the concern that prescription […]Continue Reading ...
Australians are safer too if temporary visitors can access HIV prevention. Credit: www.shutterstock.com Australia aims to “virtually eliminate” HIV transmission by 2022, according to the health minister’s new national HIV strategy. This ambitious goal has been made possible by biomedical HIV prevention, a new and highly effective way of preventing HIV using medications. But new […]Continue Reading ...
Graph showing rise in UK sedative sales. Credit: Dr. Jack Cunliffe Sales of prescription psychiatric drugs such as Xanax and diazepam via darknet online drug markets have increased in the UK at an alarming rate, according to new research by the University of Kent and King’s College London. The findings validate concerns that non-medical prescription […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Teens and young adults who receive their initial opioid prescriptions from their dentists or oral surgeons are at increased risk for opioid addiction in the following year, a study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found. The study, which will be published Dec. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were made public in a […]Continue Reading ...
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