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Cancer “eating” drug

July 5, 2018
Cancer “eating” drug

Scientists have designed a special type of drug that helps the body eat and destroy cancerous cells. The treatment boosts the action of white blood cells, called macrophages, that the immune system uses to gobble up unwanted invaders. Tests in mice showed the therapy worked for aggressive breast and skin tumours, Nature Biomedical Engineering journal [...]

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FDA approves epidiolex for severe forms of epilepsy

June 29, 2018
FDA approves epidiolex for severe forms of epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) oral solution for treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome for patients age 2 years and older. The rare, genetic Dravet syndrome appears during the first year of life with frequent fever-related seizures; other types of seizures arise later, and status epilepticus [...]

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Medicine protects neurons in Parkinson’s disease

June 27, 2018
Medicine protects neurons in Parkinson’s disease

Systemic treatment of animal models with israpidine, a calcium channel inhibitor, reduced mitochondrial stress that might cause Parkinson’s disease, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. These findings bode well for the STEADY-PD III study, a nationwide clinical trial testing isradipine in patients at Northwestern and over 50 other [...]

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FDA approves first of new migraine drugs

May 18, 2018
FDA approves first of new migraine drugs

The FDA endorsed a new drug called Aimovig for prevention of migraines in adults. Migraine sufferers got some relief with the approval of the first of a new class of drugs for migraine prevention, through monthly self-injections. Aimovig is the first in a new class of drugs that work by blocking the activity of calcitonin [...]

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Hepatitis on the rise in Vietnam

May 4, 2018
Hepatitis on the rise in Vietnam

More than three million Vietnamese are infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to the recent findings from the survery conducted by the Ministry of Health .  Meanwhile, 40% of the HCV patients may die due to HCV-related complications, including cirrhosis and liver cancer , the survey cited. Dangerous and in some cases, fatal, Hepatitis [...]

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Scientists look into multiple clues for improved influenza vaccine design

April 9, 2018
Scientists look into multiple clues for improved influenza vaccine design

Scientists are looking into multiple clues for improved influenza vaccine design that can ward various illnesses. They found that influenza vaccines that better target the influenza surface protein called neuraminidase (NA) could offer just this: It acts against various influenza virus strains and lessen the severity of illness, according to new research published in Cell. [...]

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Vaccines prevent the world’s poorest from dying and falling into further poverty

February 26, 2018
Vaccines prevent the world’s poorest from dying and falling into further poverty

For the world’s poorest, getting vaccinated is critical: it not only keeps them healthy, but also keeps them from falling further into poverty, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They estimated that increased investments in 10 vaccines administered in low- and middle-income countries over a [...]

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Thailand hands out vitamin pills, folic acid tablets amidst concerns over declining birth rates

February 15, 2018
Thailand hands out vitamin pills, folic acid tablets amidst concerns over declining birth rates

Whether by handing cash bonuses or tax incentives, Thailand has almost tried it all to encourage its citizens to have more children. This Valentine’s Day, the country is trying out a new approach: handing out vitamin pills. Like several other Asian countries, Thailand is ageing rapidly. Birth rates have dropped sharply from more than 6 [...]

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Many people take too much ibuprofen, succumbing them to internal bleeding and heart attacks

February 9, 2018
Many people take too much ibuprofen, succumbing them to internal bleeding and heart attacks

Many adults who use ibuprofen and other so-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs take too much, increasing their risk of serious side effects like internal bleeding and heart attacks, a U.S. study suggests. Ibuprofen is a medication in the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug class that is used for treating pain, fever, and inflammation. This includes painful menstrual [...]

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Sanofi sued in Philippines over dengue vaccine

February 7, 2018
Sanofi sued in Philippines over dengue vaccine

A Philippine government agency has recently filed a lawsuit against French drugmaker Sanofi demanding compensation for the parents of a 10-year-old girl the agency said had died as a result of receiving its controversial anti-dengue vaccine. The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) said Sanofi, several former and current health ministry officials and domestic distributor Zuellig Pharma [...]

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