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US-China fentanyl case just 'the tip of the iceberg'

Bejing - The question of what, if any, responsibility China should bear for fuelling a deadly opioid crisis in the United States has been a bitter source of contention between the two superpowers.

Wladimir Klitschko urges new Ukraine vote dope tests

Berlin - Ex-world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko Wednesday dismissed as a "farce" the doping tests performed on both Ukraine presidential election candidates last week and offered to pay for new ones.

Ruthless meth networks get ill-prepared Myanmar hooked

Ruili - Mobs of stick-wielding church-goers in Myanmar's northeast used to descend on dealers and addicts in a desperate effort to save their communities from a meth-induced health crisis sweeping the country.

Ruthless meth networks get ill-prepared Myanmar hooked

Ruili - Mobs of stick-wielding church-goers in Myanmar's northeast used to descend on dealers and addicts in a desperate effort to save their communities from a meth-induced health crisis sweeping the country.

Vietnam police seize nearly 300 kilograms of meth

Hanoi - A massive haul of nearly 300 kilograms of methamphetamine pills was seized in central Vietnam on Sunday, police said, the latest major drug bust in a country where the use of synthetic narcotics is on the rise.

Nine sentenced to death in Vietnam for dealing meth, heroin

Hanoi - Nine drug smugglers were sentenced to death in Vietnam on Friday for selling methamphetamine and heroin in a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world.

200 drug users bust out of Vietnam rehab centre

Hanoi - Around 200 drug users escaped from a rehab centre in Vietnam on Saturday, police said, the latest breakout attempt from the country's controversial treatment facilities.

European regulator launches review of recalled heart drug

London - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Thursday it is conducting a review of the health effects on patients of a widely used blood pressure medication recalled around the world last month.

Rocky start for Alzheimer's drug research in 2018

Paris - The year 2018, barely underway, has already dealt a series of disheartening blows to the quest for an Alzheimer's cure.

Country star Michael Ray is arrested for DUI and drug possession

Eustis - On December 20, country star Michael Ray was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), and drug possession in Eustis, Florida.

S. Korean rapper T.O.P gets suspended sentence for drug use

Seoul - South Korean pop star T.O.P received Thursday a 10-month suspended jail sentence for smoking marijuana multiple times last year, weeks after being hospitalised for a drugs overdose.

Cancer drug reduces response to airborne allergens

A new study, and a remarkable case where a drug created for one disease has been applied to another, shows how an anti-cancer drug can help to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions to air allergens.

New imaging method tracks cystic fibrosis drug Special

A new imaging technique called hyperpolarized helium MRI scanning could aid in the development of improved therapies for lung diseases like cystic fibrosis.

'Bad boy' pharma chief mocks Australian student achievements

Sydney - "Bad boy" pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli, who raised the cost of an HIV drug by 5,000 percent, has mocked a group of Sydney school students who recreated the life-saving medicine on the cheap.

Australian schoolboys recreate price-hiked HIV drug on a shoestring

Sydney - A group of Australian schoolchildren working on a shoestring budget have recreated the HIV drug whose price was controversially jacked up 5,000 percent by a former hedge fund manager.

Experts blame 'toxic' drug for deadly French medical trial

Paris - Medical experts said Tuesday that the death of a man in a French drug trial was likely caused by the compound itself, saying it was probably toxic.

New front opens in war on superbugs: Experts

Amsterdam - A newly-discovered antibiotic-resistant gene is threatening to open a new front in the war against superbugs by rendering a last-resort drug impotent, experts warn.

'Unprecedented' brain reaction caused French drug trial death: Experts

Paris - Experts investigating the death of a man in a drug trial in France said Monday that the compound being tested had caused an "astonishing and unprecedented" reaction in the brain.

One medicine shows multi-viral success

A new drug has shown promise against both Marburg virus and Ebola. This may not be as surprising as it first seems, given the genetic similarities between the two viruses.

President of Chile says marijuana is no longer on hard drug list

Marijuana is no longer on Chile's list of hard drugs because Michelle Bachelet, the country's president, signed a decree to have it removed.

Drug-resistant malaria could spread to Africa: Study

Paris - A drug-resistant malaria parasite from southeast Asia can infect African mosquitoes, said a study Tuesday, boosting fears that a hard-to-cure variant of the disease could reach the world's most vulnerable continent.

Doctors warn of snakebite serum shortage

Paris - Tens of thousands of people will unnecessarily die of snakebites unless an affordable new source of antivenom is found, Doctors Without Borders has warned, with stocks of a French-produced drug running out.

Battling HIV with novel cancer drug

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can be "flushed out" from hiding places in the human body by using a drug normally used to treat cancer, according to a new study.

New drug greatly increases life span, reduces aging

A newly discovered drug has been found to extend lifespan and reverse the aging process by killing cells which cause us to grow older and provoke age-related diseases.

AIDS: New drug shields monkeys from infection — Study

Paris - Scientists said Wednesday a new drug tested on monkeys provided an astonishingly effective shield against an animal version of the AIDS virus, a major gain in the quest for an HIV vaccine.

A waitress accused of adjusting customers' tips

A restaurant server has been accused of editing the tips that customers gave her with extra numbers, adjusting a $5 tip to $15 or even $25, affecting at least 20 of the restaurant users.

Man lists 'drug dealer' as his occupation on arrest report

West Palm Beach - On Tuesday a man in West Palm Beach, Florida, was arrested and on an arrest report he listed his occupation as "drug dealer."

New antibiotic drug, a game changer in fight against superbugs

Scientists have recently developed a new antibiotic, which could turn out to be an Exocet missile in the war on super bugs impervious to conventional counterattacks.

US gives go-ahead to fast Ebola test

Geneva - US authorities have given emergency authorisation to Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche for an Ebola test that can take as little as three hours, the company said on Monday.

Anti-aging drug breakthrough

The timeless quest for the fountain of youth has taken an important step forward with the successful testing of a new anti-aging drug.
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