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The idea of living in a healthy body as long as 120 years has to be appealing to virtually everyone. But it's impossible, no? No, actually, it may not be, scientists say, and a drug has been approved for trial that could be a longevity breakthrough.

Why loneliness might kill you sooner

Being alone can be bad for your health, according to a new study. Here the impact on health is assessed as greater than that of obesity. However, has this really been proven?

India approves sale of generic Hepatitis C drugs

India has approved the sale of generic versions of hepatitis C drugs. The move will bring down the standard course of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir (generic versions of Sovaldi and Harvoni) to $1,000 compared to $90,000 in U.S. and Europe.

Brazil finds Zika virus causes deformities in babies

The Brazilian health ministry confirmed that there was a link between cases of microcephaly, a head deformity, in babies and the Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes that spread dengue.

Smoking high-strength skunk cannabis damages the brain

A new study suggests smoking high-strength "skunk" cannabis can damage the brain by breaking down communications between its two halves.

CNN tests show banned pesticides still being used by pot growers

Pesticides illegal to use on marijuana plants in Colorado are being found in some recreational and medical pot products sold to the public. Because testing of marijuana for pesticides is not mandatory in the state, CNN did its own testing.

Is it time to ban prescription drug adverts?

A call has been made to prevent prescription-only drugs from being advertised because less expensive generic drugs may be crowded out of the marketplace.

Op-Ed: Massage Therapy is a vital part of Complimentary Medicine Special

As healthcare costs continue to escalate, the role of alternative or complimentary medicine remains steadfast for many people.

New drugs, mergers and protests, pharma industry round-up

This week a new drug for dealing with opioid overdose has been announced. There’s a buy-out for a dyslipidemia product; plus another larger merger; and also a vaccine price protest. Digital Journal brings another round-up of pharmaceutical sector news.

Lethal autism 'cure' feared spreading to Britain

Police in Britain are investigating that country's first potential case of a parent giving their child bleach as a "cure" for autism.

Should Robert Califf head up the FDA?

President Obama’s preferred candidate to head up the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has faced criticisms over his apparent ties with the pharmaceutical industry. Robert Califf recently faced a hearing in the U.S. Senate.

Chipotle shares plummet as E. coli now reported in six states

The E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens of customers who had eaten at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Oregon and Washington has now made its way to three more states. This brings the total up to six states that have been affected.

Study: Pre-diabetes on rise and 1 in 3 will develop diabetes

A combined research effort from the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston has made helpful findings in the field of diabetes. It discovered half of adults at age 45 have developed prediabetes.

Tourniquets in schools and public places? They could save lives

The white House is proposing that tourniquets be made as available as are heart defibrillators in schools, airports, stadiums, shopping malls and other public places across the nation to reduce fatalities from mass shootings and terror attacks.

Obese children showing signs of heart disease

The growing problem of childhood obesity has been well documented and several health initiatives are in place. These may need to be advanced following a review of symptoms of heart disease in children.

Bilingual people recover from strokes better

Bilingual people, according to a new study, are twice as likely to recover from a stroke compared with people who speak just one language.

Deadly gene resisting all forms of antibiotics found in China

Chinese scientists have discovered a gene in some pathogenic bacteria that make them resistant to drugs used when all other treatment regimens have failed, prompting scientists to warn that the world is on the "cusp of a post-antibiotic era."

Mexican girl's medical cannabis win raises hopes for others

Grace can finally sleep through the night without being awakened by one of her epileptic crises since the eight-year-old Mexican girl started taking cannabis-based medicine a month ago.

Valeant's low libido drug for women is not off to a good start

Women apparently don't have as many problems as men in the sack, because the highly touted "female Viagra" pill for women, Addyi, is having sales as slow as, well, molasses in January.

'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic: study

Medicine's final line of defence against deadly disease has been breached, raising the spectre of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.

U.S. experiencing a dramatic rise in the number of STDs

The number of cases of three key sexually transmitted diseases increased last year for the first time since 2006, the CDC reported on Tuesday. The increases have been described as "alarming" by public health officials.

Which are the safest hospitals in the U.S.?

We live in a world where decision making is dominated by league tables, from consumers goods to education. Rightly or wrongly, healthcare is no exception. A new study examines the U.S. hospital sector.

Global drug spending set to rise to $1.4 trillion

In news that will no doubt please the shareholders of pharmaceutical companies, the global spend on drug products is set to rise by 30 percent by the year 2020. This means an annual pay-out of $1.4 trillion.

Many pharma companies failing the clinical trials test

The Good Pharma Scorecard is a system that ranks drugs based on their transparency and ethical practices. A review of some big pharma companies reveals several inconsistencies.

Colombia legalizes medical marijuana under presidential decree

In an information sheet released on Friday, Colombia announced it was planning to legalize medical marijuana. The announcement is seen as a further shift in the country's drug policies after aerial spraying of illicit crops was suspended.

Mexico opposes marijuana reform, for now

The legalization of marijuana in Mexico seems less likely after the country’s president Enrique Pena Nieto publicly stated his opposition to any reforms to current drug policy.

Soybeans may offer protection against osteoporosis

The results of a preliminary study suggest foods rich in soybeans may offer a level of protection for menopausal women against osteoporosis.

FDA approves AstraZeneca's Tagrisso as lung cancer treatment

On Friday, AstraZeneca's new lung cancer drug, Tagrisso, was granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The once-daily medication is a treatment for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

European study: Glyphosate 'unlikely to cause cancer in humans'

The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has determined the herbicide known as glyphosate, found in Monsanto's Roundup and other similar products, is "unlikely to cause cancer in humans."

Maternal mortality cut by almost half in 25 years: UN

Deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes have fallen by almost half across the world in the past quarter century, but only nine countries have achieved the targets set by the UN, a report by UN agencies and the World Bank said Thursday.

Universal health care to appear on ballot in Colorado

A plan to make Colorado the first state to opt out of the federal health law and replace it with universal health care, funded by the taxpayer, is going to be on the Colorado ballet in 2016.

New process for approving ‘novel foods’ enacted

Have you heard about the delights of chia seeds, flavonoids, glycyrrhiza glabra or rapeseed protein? These are all "novel foods," and a new process to review them will be enacted soon.

Rich get healthier: Wealthy patients get organ transplant sooner

A new look at the numbers surrounding organ transplants in the U.S. has shown what some of you may have suspected — the rich get their organs quicker and are less likely to die waiting for a transplant.

Sierra Leone is officially Ebola free

Some good news with the battle against the Ebola virus in West Africa — Sierra Leone, which has experienced the second highest level of incidences, has been declared free of the virus.

This UK school starts in the afternoon for its tired teenagers

A school in the U.K. has started classes for teenagers at 1.30 p.m. because this fits better with the body clock of young people. The start-times have been running for a year, with success.

New study finds more serious injuries in boxing than MMA

A study from Canada's University of Alberta in Edmonton on MMA and boxing has come up with two conclusions. One of them is arguably rather obvious while the second may be a bit of a surprise, at least to some.

'Trained herbalist' in UK finds out herbs can be dangerous

A trained herbalist in the UK found out the hard way that even natural herbal remedies can be dangerous when she overdosed on a medicine containing "deadly nightshade."

Doug Ford says brother Rob has 2 new tumours on bladder

The news Rob Ford was given in late October was doubly bad as doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto found two new tumours on his bladder. Yesterday Doug Ford told media his brother is back in hospital for an extended stay.

India’s second largest drugmaker receives warning letter

The second-largest pharmaceutical manufacturer in India — Dr Reddy’s Laboratories — has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a result, the company has seen its share price slide.

New treatments for eye care and diabetes

It has been a busy week for announcements about new medications to address serious medical conditions. Drugs are in the development pipeline for eye care and to help people manage complications associated with diabetes.

Obama investigates drug prices

U.S. President Obama has launched an investigation into the prices of medicines within the U.S. This follows recent complaints about the practices of pharmaceutical companies affecting drug pricing.
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