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Angelina Jolie Effect Has Doubled the Number of Cancer Tests

Angelina Jolie Effect Has Doubled the Number of Cancer Tests

The surprise announcement by Angelina Jolie last year that she underwent a double mastectomy as a preventive measure has been influential in doubling the referrals for genetic breast cancer exams. The actress made her decision following... 
Sierra Leone Starts Controversial Shutdown for Ebola

Sierra Leone Starts Controversial Shutdown for Ebola

Sierra Leone launched its controversial shutdown of three days on Friday in an attempt to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The Security Council of the United Nations declared the outbreak of the deadly disease a threat... 
Stroke Risk Possibly Reduce by Eating Food Rich in Potassium

Stroke Risk Possibly Reduce by Eating Food Rich in Potassium

For women who are older, eating foods rich in potassium might lower the risk of suffering a stroke, found a new study. Researchers studied over 90,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79 for an 11-year average. They looked at the amount... 
Breeders and Chefs Unite With Researchers for Better Veggies

Breeders and Chefs Unite With Researchers for Better Veggies

Vegetables could soon taste much better as breeders and chefs have teamed up with the University of Wisconsin at Madison to reach a breakthrough in the making of vegetables that are more in demand by the consumer. The university launched... 
Outbreaks, Epidemics and Pandemics: Understanding the Difference Could Save Your Life

Outbreaks, Epidemics and Pandemics: Understanding the Difference Could Save Your Life

Recent headlines have been alarming, if not outright terrifying: An outbreak of Ebola, a virus that causes internal bleeding and leads to death in 90 percent of all cases, was spreading quickly throughout West Africa, with some of... 
New Drug Re-Grows Hair in Some

New Drug Re-Grows Hair in Some

The first thing a patient noticed was he was growing a real beard. The patient had gone years losing hair on his face, head, legs and arms. The patient suffers from an autoimmune disease called alopecia areata that afflicts close to... 
WHO Declares Global Health Emergency over Ebola Outbreak

WHO Declares Global Health Emergency over Ebola Outbreak

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now a public health emergency internationally, said the World Health Organization. The WHO said the emergency needs a worldwide extraordinary response to bring a stop to the disease so it cannot... 
Nearly 10% of Survivors of Cancer Still Smoke

Nearly 10% of Survivors of Cancer Still Smoke

Close to 1 out of every 10 survivors of cancer report smoking years after being diagnosed, indicates a new study done by the American Cancer Society. Researchers reviewed data on 2,940 patients 9 years after being diagnosed. More than... 
Flonase Approved by FDA for OTC Use in U.S.

Flonase Approved by FDA for OTC Use in U.S.

GlaxoSmithKline announced on Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its over the counter allergy medication Flonase Allergy Relief, that gives temporary relief of upper respiratory allergies or hay fever symptoms. The... 
You Are Not Your Addiction: 5 Ways to Beat the Stigma of Substance Abuse Disorders

You Are Not Your Addiction: 5 Ways to Beat the Stigma of Substance Abuse Disorders

Even after all the progress the recovery community has made in recent years, the stigma of addiction remains strong in our society. Stigma prevents addicts from seeking the help they need, and can linger for years, even decades, after... 
7 Little-Known Factors That Can Affect Your Hearing

7 Little-Known Factors That Can Affect Your Hearing

In the United States, hearing loss affects up to 40 percent of people over the age of 65 and as many as 3 million children. While it’s a relatively common problem, most people wait years to address their hearing loss, which can affect... 
Genome Sequencing Becomes More Affordable

Genome Sequencing Becomes More Affordable

Dr. Leslie Biesecker of the National Human Genome Research Institute and Dr. Robert Green of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston recently co-authored guidelines for clinical genetic testing, which were published in the New England... 
Brain Eating Amoeba Infection Kills Girl

Brain Eating Amoeba Infection Kills Girl

A Kansas girls who was just 9 years old, died after contracting a deadly infection from a brain-eating amoeba, said Kansas health department officials. The Department of Health in Kansas said a 9-year old girl likely contracted the... 
Antibiotics Listed as Last Resort Now in Jeopardy

Antibiotics Listed as Last Resort Now in Jeopardy

The total number of antibiotics doses that were sold in pharmacies and clinics worldwide increased by 36% between 2000 and 2010, reported scientists on Wednesday. The new finding comes from a first of a kind study to look at the consumption... 
Bristol-Myers Squibb Treatment for Hepatitis C Approved

Bristol-Myers Squibb Treatment for Hepatitis C Approved

Japan approved the all-oral Sunvepra and Daklinzadual regimen from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat those with hepatitis C, said the company on Monday. The combo-treatment, which is ribavirin- and interferon-free is the latest options... 
Inhaled Medication for Diabetes Approved By FDA

Inhaled Medication for Diabetes Approved By FDA

People who have type 1 or 2 diabetes will now have another means of taking their medication. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved on Friday the first inhaled treatment for diabetes. Afreeza, the new drug, is a treatment option... 
Bacteria Test Failed by 10% of U.S. Beaches

Bacteria Test Failed by 10% of U.S. Beaches

Take heed swimmers 10% of the water samples from lake and coastal beaches in the U.S. failed to meet the safety standards that were set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, said a new report. One expert said there... 
Cheese Makers Fear Wood Crackdown

Cheese Makers Fear Wood Crackdown

For artisan cheese makers aging their cheese on boards made of wood is commonplace in both the U.S. and overseas. However, now some members of the industry have become worried that regulators might crack down on the practice. The U.S.... 
Eating White Bread is Reason for Increased Obesity

Eating White Bread is Reason for Increased Obesity

The consumption of white bread in daily meals was identified as a big reason for high obesity rates that have earlier been reported in a study that was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. The new research through Spain’s... 
Study Gives Hint on How Heart Protected by Mediterranean Diet

Study Gives Hint on How Heart Protected by Mediterranean Diet

Multiple studies have shown that a diet that is Mediterranean style, which is rich in nuts, vegetables, fruits and fish seems to lower the risk of contracting heart problems. Now a recent study involving mice hints at the reason why. The... 
Measles Virus Used in Treatment of Cancer

Measles Virus Used in Treatment of Cancer

A hematologist from the Mayo Clinic says an experiment has had promising results. Cancer researchers said they were excited about someday treating cancer of the bone marrow by using the measles virus that seems a good match for the... 
Valeant’s Bid to Takeover Allergan is Rejected

Valeant’s Bid to Takeover Allergan is Rejected

Allergan Inc has rejected the unsolicited takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, saying the bid had substantially undervalued the Botox wrinkle treatment maker. The offer, which puts a value $45.7 billion for Allergan... 
New Implantable Device Treats Blood Pressure

New Implantable Device Treats Blood Pressure

In Germany, researchers have successfully developed a device that is implantable and able to reduce the users’ blood pressure significantly via electrical signals it sends to the brain. The device contains 24 electrodes that are... 
Novartis, GlaxoSmitheKline and Eli Lilly Announce Deals

Novartis, GlaxoSmitheKline and Eli Lilly Announce Deals

Novartis will be focusing more going forward on cancer. GlaxoSmithKline will be focused on vaccines, while Eli Lilly will be looking at animal health as the three drug makers announced on Tuesday deals that could total more than $28.5... 
Hepatitis C New Treatment Could by Huge Breakthrough

Hepatitis C New Treatment Could by Huge Breakthrough

A new drug treatment used to fight Hepatitis C has cured more than 90% of patients inflicted with the infection in just 12 weeks, said scientists. The recent study marked a major breakthrough said experts and marked a big turning point... 
FDA Approves First Hemophilia B Drug

FDA Approves First Hemophilia B Drug

Biogen Idec has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ALPROLIX, the company’s drug for treating hemophilia B. Hemophilia B is a rare, genetic and chronic condition in which the clotting process in a person’s... 
Ebola Scientist Frustrated by Deadly Outbreak in Guinea

Ebola Scientist Frustrated by Deadly Outbreak in Guinea

Peter Piot was newly qualified to work in a microbiology lab in the Belgium city of Antwerp at 27 years of age when he was given human blood in a flask. The blood had been contaminated with an unknown pathogen that was killing people... 
Study Will Test Pills Made of Chocolate

Study Will Test Pills Made of Chocolate

It will not be as enjoyable as eating entire candy bars, but a large study will be launched to determine if pills that contain nutrients in dark chocolate are able to help to prevent strokes and heart attacks. The pills will be packed... 
Stem Cell Researchers from Japan Withdraw Research

Stem Cell Researchers from Japan Withdraw Research

The scientists from Japan behind the potentially revolutionary new stem cell technique are preparing a retraction of their widely hailed paper on producing stem cells after they confirmed the research had inappropriate points including... 
Pfizer Recalls Effexor Due to Mistake

Pfizer Recalls Effexor Due to Mistake

Late last week, Pfizer announced it was recalling Effexor XR its antidepressant as well as another lot of a drug that is its generic version. The announcement followed the discovery by a pharmacist that found a bottle of Effexor contained... 
Angry People Have Higher Heart Attack Risks

Angry People Have Higher Heart Attack Risks

Having a temper might increase a person’s risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack according to new research. Rage often times precedes an attack and might be one of its triggers, said researchers from the United States, who perused... 
Bayer Increases Sales Forecast for Drugs

Bayer Increases Sales Forecast for Drugs

Bayer AG has raised its peak sales forecast for new drugs even though results from the fourth quarter and outlook for revenue for the upcoming year missed estimates of analysts. The five most important Bayer medications will generate... 
Younger Population Hit by Flu Says CDC

Younger Population Hit by Flu Says CDC

As this year’s flu season begins to wind down, officials said it was better than last year and that the vaccine had worked better. However, younger adults had been hit harder due to an increase in swine flu. The H1N1 was the biggest... 
India Drugs Coming Under U.S. Regulatory Scrutiny

India Drugs Coming Under U.S. Regulatory Scrutiny

Inspectors from the U.S. regulator the Food and Drug Administration have been visiting drug manufacturers in India issuing penalties, including bans on imports on certain medications that were adulterated, such as Accutane the acne... 
More Children Drinking Coffee in the U.S.

More Children Drinking Coffee in the U.S.

The drug that is most popular amongst children in America is not alcohol, Ritalin or even marijuana. It is just plain old caffeine. However, many children today have gone from getting their caffeine fix through colas to filling up... 
Subway Removing Chemical from its Bread

Subway Removing Chemical from its Bread

In some varieties of bread sold at Subway there is a chemical that might seem hard to pronounce and unfamiliar. The chemical azodicarbonamide has been receiving a great deal of attention of late. Besides in Subway bread, the chemical... 
CVS Pulling ALL Cigarettes from Stores

CVS Pulling ALL Cigarettes from Stores

CVS pharmacies are proud that they have nearly everything their customers need, including toilet paper to dog food and over the counter medicines to ice cream. However, people that want to buy tobacco will soon have to shop elsewhere. CVS... 
Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Artery Disease Risk

Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Artery Disease Risk

People eating a Mediterranean diet that is high in nuts or olive oil might reduce their chances of developing clogged arteries in the leg, according to a new study in Spain. The new study’s results follows those from a trial published... 
Google Developing Contact Lens to Monitor Glucose

Google Developing Contact Lens to Monitor Glucose

On Thursday, Google unveiled a contact lens it says monitors the glucose levels of the wearer’s tears. It is a potential reprieve for the millions of sufferers of diabetes who must jab a finger to test their blood up to 10 times... 
Merck Recalls Liptruzet its Cholesterol Drug

Merck Recalls Liptruzet its Cholesterol Drug

Merck & Co the huge drug maker announced this week that it was recalling its combination drug for cholesterol wiping out its entire stock in the U.S. The recall was due to defects in packaging that could lower its effectiveness. Merck... 
FDA Approves Farxiga for Type 2 Diabetes

FDA Approves Farxiga for Type 2 Diabetes

Reversing a negative decision taken back in 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved on Wednesday AstraZeneca’s dapagilflozin, which will be sold as Farxiga in the U.S., to help improve the glycemic control, along with... 
Blood Pressure: Most Dangerous Amongst Women

Blood Pressure: Most Dangerous Amongst Women

A new study shows that high blood pressure can be potentially more dangerous for women than for me, suggesting that physicians might have to treat the dangerous condition in females both earlier and more aggressively. This study is... 
GlaxoSmithKline Ending Drug Promotion Payments (NYSE:GSK)

GlaxoSmithKline Ending Drug Promotion Payments (NYSE:GSK)

After being criticized for years for the practice, GlaxoSmithKline has announced the end of its program to pay doctors to promote its products. Pharmaceutical companies have paid doctors to speak on their behalf for decades. Doctors... 
Reduce Hunger: Eat Slower Says Study

Reduce Hunger: Eat Slower Says Study

U.S. researchers on Monday released results of a study that said eating slower could help to lower hunger. Research previously suggested that the controlling the energy intake might be affected due to the speed in which we consume... 
Breast Cancer Spread Triggered by Low Levels of Oxygen

Breast Cancer Spread Triggered by Low Levels of Oxygen

Researchers discovered that conditions of low oxygen could trigger protein production that contributes to breast cancer cells spreading. This finding was recently published online. Johns Hopkins University biologists recently found... 
Diet High In Fiber Linked to Less Risk of Heart Disease

Diet High In Fiber Linked to Less Risk of Heart Disease

This may have been said prior, but the benefit of a healthy diet that is high in fiber as well as in vegetables, lie not in just a better figure, but might contribute to better heart health, indicates new research recently publishing... 
FDA: New Policies for Antibiotics Use on Farms

FDA: New Policies for Antibiotics Use on Farms

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made an announcement about new policies it has implemented to curtail widespread use of powerful antibiotics in chickens, pigs and cows raised for meat. Critics point out that the move... 
Bubonic and Pneumonic Plague Hits Madagascar

Bubonic and Pneumonic Plague Hits Madagascar

Two pneumonic plague cases have been found in Madagascar, said a health official there. The pneumonic plague is deadlier than the bubonic plague. This new report comes after confirmation that there was also an outbreak of the deadly... 
Breast Implant Maker Gets Four Years Behind Bars

Breast Implant Maker Gets Four Years Behind Bars

Founder of Poly Implant Prothese, the French company, Jean-Claude Mas was sentenced on Tuesday to four years behind bars in criminal court in Marseille. Mas was found guilty of hiding the true nature of the silicone that was sub standard... 
Boy Cured of Peanut Allergy

Boy Cured of Peanut Allergy

A boy of 10 has been cured said doctors of a serious peanut allergy, which is one of the first times a child has been alleviated from such a condition, according to new research presented this week. Nearly 3 million children who are...