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Father wouldn't stop homeopathy on autistic sons, loses custody

Toronto - A father in Ontario lost custody of his two young sons, in part because he refused to stop trying to cure the boys' autism and other illnesses with homeopathy. The boys, aged nine and ten have "severe and profound" autism spectrum disorder.

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.

HIV drug stocks not reaching African patients: Report

Harare - Efforts to get lifesaving antiretrovial drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Saharan African countries are routinely failing at "the last mile", an international medical group said on Monday.

Why loneliness might kill you sooner

Chicago - 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?

Brazil finds Zika virus causes deformities in babies

Bras - 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

Denver - 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?

New York - 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

Sacramento - 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.

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.

Should Robert Califf head up the FDA?

Washington - 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.

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

Edinburgh - 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

Monterrey - 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.
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