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Aspirin potentially dangerous for those over 70, study warns

September 20, 2018
Aspirin potentially dangerous for those over 70, study warns

Though there are proven benefits of aspirin for people after a heart attack or stroke, recent studies have shown that it could potentially be fatal to people over the age of 70 and increase the risk of internal bleeding. The Us and Australian based study described the results as very important and cautioned against self-medicating [...]

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Welsh patients to test revolutionary insulin drug

September 14, 2018
Welsh patients to test revolutionary insulin drug

A new drug that helps regeneration of insulin-making cells especially in Type 1 diabetics has been developed. About 19,000 people live with Type 1 of the condition in Wales and 90% have less than 5% of these cells left.This means daily insulin shots but if the drug proves successful, it could reduce the dependency on [...]

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The real deal with probiotics

September 12, 2018
The real deal with probiotics

One of the main questions surrounding probiotics is: what really reaches the gut? It’s fairly simple to determine how much probiotic bacteria is in a food or supplement (at least at the time of manufacture), but how many microbes take hold in the gut and become part of the microbiome? Immunologist Eran Elinav of the [...]

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Common painkiller linked to increased risk of heart problems

September 4, 2018
Common painkiller linked to increased risk of heart problems

The commonly used painkiller diclofenac is associated with an increased risk of major cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, compared with no use, paracetamol use, and use of other traditional painkillers, finds a study published by The BMJ this week. The findings prompt the researchers to say that diclofenac should not be available [...]

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Lorcaserin: Weight loss drug found to be safe in obesity

August 28, 2018
Lorcaserin: Weight loss drug found to be safe in obesity

A major study has found promising results for the safety of a weight-loss drug available in the US. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, says adults using the drug lorcaserin lost an average of 4kg (8.8lb) over 40 months. It says the drug, which works by suppressing appetite, does not put [...]

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Fish oil supplements do not prevent heart attack or strokes in patients with diabetes

August 28, 2018
Fish oil supplements do not prevent heart attack or strokes in patients with diabetes

Led by Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, UK, the ASCEND trial (A Study of Cardiovascular Events iN Diabetes) looked at 15,480 patients over the age of 40 with diabetes but no history of cardiovascular disease. Participants were randomly split into two groups, with one given 1g of fish oil supplements daily and [...]

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CDC approves nasal spray influenza vaccine for flu season

August 24, 2018
CDC approves nasal spray influenza vaccine for flu season

Over the past two years, the CDC has advised the public to avoid the nasal spray version of the influenza vaccine, but things changed this year. The agency recently published its 2018 – 2019 flu season advisory, an update over the same report issued for the previous influenza season. This time around, the CDC says [...]

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New drug treatment could reduce need for liver transplants

August 16, 2018
New drug treatment could reduce need for liver transplants

A potential treatment for sudden liver failure could cut the need for transplants, say scientists at the University of Edinburgh. The liver has an incredible natural ability to repair itself, but this can be lost in some injuries including severe drug overdoses. The therapy is a cancer drug that restores this regenerative potential. The work [...]

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FDA expands recall of blood pressure drugs due to cancer risk

August 16, 2018
FDA expands recall of blood pressure drugs due to cancer risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding a recall of drug products containing the ingredient valsartan, which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. The FDA first issued a voluntary recall in July after results from laboratory tests revealed that some drugs may have been tainted with the substance N-nitrosodimethylamine or [...]

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Obesity vaccine; Scientists link virus to weight gain

August 7, 2018
Obesity vaccine; Scientists link virus to weight gain

It sounds almost too good to be true for those struggling to keep their weight down — a simple jab to prevent unwanted kilos piling up. But the prospect of a vaccine to stop you getting fat is drawing closer after scientists found compelling evidence linking obesity to an infectious virus. Adenovirus-36 is found four [...]

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