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Ex-Johnson & Johnson rep convicted in stolen devices scheme

An ex-sales representative of one of the pharmaceutical and medical device company Johnson and Johnson’s subsidiary firms has been convicted of attempting to transport stolen medical devices.

Bacteria in the blood could trigger dozens of diseases

Are bacteria in the human blood system responsible for indirectly triggering a range of diseases? New research suggests a link to strokes and heart attacks, and other ill-health conditions.

EpiPen maker says it will market generic version of allergy RX

Canonsburg - Pharmaceutical maker Mylan NV has agreed to begin offering a generic version of its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment after enduring widespread criticism for sharply raising the sales price of the device.

Essential Science: Parkinson's test offers faster diagnosis

Edinburgh - Medics hope that a new Parkinson's protein test could lead to earlier diagnosis of the disease. The disease is connected to the accumulation of the protein alpha-synuclein.

Scientists find high level of zinc can increase seizure risk

Austin - Zinc might be an important nutrient, but it can raise the risk of seizures when it gets into the brain, according to new research Texas A&M scientists.

International rates for skin cancer revealed

A new global study has revealed variations in the rate of skin cancer around the world. The key variations relate to geographical and socio-economic factors, which make the disease more or less common.

Peeking at the payments made to doctors

London - New figures, relating to the U.K., reveal some of the payments made by pharmaceutical companies to the medical profession. The key word is “some”, since the declarations remain voluntary.

Seriousness of fungal infections neglected by medical services

There are many pathogens that pose risks to human populations. Despite fungal infections killing more people than malaria, or from certain cancers like breast cancer, the level of research into combating fungal diseases is relatively low in comparison.

FDA suspends clinical trial after three deaths

A clinical trial of a promising new therapy in which white blood cells are reprogrammed to attack cancer cells has resulted in the deaths of three patients. As a result, the U.S. FDA has suspended the trial.

Feeling ill? Google will now help you find some relief

When you're feeling ill, chances are you turn to Google for help, searching for your symptoms to find some relief. According to Google, 1 percent of all searches are people doing this so it has created a special experience to help you find aid faster.

Pharma News: Merck and Boehringer report successes

The company Merck announced strong financial results for the first quarter of 2016, based on increases in sales and earnings. Meanwhile, Boehringer Ingelheim has licensed a cancer drug to Horizon Pharma.

Rapid test for Zika virus developed

Scientists have come up with a new way to diagnose Zika virus infection in under four hours. The test is based on paper and uses an electronic reader.

Would you trust a robot to sew up your appendix?

Washington - A robot has been used to operate on soft tissue for the first time. This wasn't a human controlled device; the robot operated "autonomously," according to a computer program.

Blue light bathing could prevent organ damage

A new study has found exposing rodents to blue light for 24 hours prior to surgery helps to minimize the risk of the type of organ damage that can occur after an operation.

Brain tumor research funding declared inadequate

London - Funding for research into brain tumors is inadequate and it receives too low a profile. These comments have been made in relation to global research and specifically for funding in the U.K.

Healthcare breaks for wearable tech users

For those living in the U.S. taking up wearable technology and using one of the health or fitness apps could lead to a reduction in insurance premiums, provided the collected information is shared.

Lab-on-chip technology to repair heart cells

Researchers have developed a "Muscle On-A-Chip" method to examine the best methods to repair damaged heart cells. A clearer understanding has been obtained for stem-cell derived treatment.

New HIV organ donation program to begin

New York - During the 1980s, a ban was put in place in the U.S., barring HIV positive people from donating or receiving organs. A recent study has concluded that organs from those with HIV can be safely donated.

Nobel medicine prize board member resigns over surgeon investigation

Stockholm - Swedish genetics professor Urban Lendahl has resigned from the body which awards the Nobel medicine prize over an investigation into controversial surgeon Paolo Macchiarini.

Breakthrough Prize given for Alzheimer's research

Since 2013 an annual prize has been awarded for the most significant breakthrough in research major sciences. This year the prize has gone to research into Alzheimer's disease. Backed by big companies, the prize is now worth $3 million.

Israel helping wounded Syrians

As the carnage continues in Syria, Israel is taking in wounded along it's border. The humanitarian effort continues, regardless of the factions patients belong to.

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

Washington - 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.

Oregon medical pot dispensaries prepare to open to public

Portland - Medical marijuana advocates have long promoted the drug's medicinal properties and have carried the day in 23 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized its use.

'Tropical disease' doctor to monitor Rio Olympic sailors

Rio De Janeiro - A tropical disease specialist will monitor sailors competing in Rio's polluted waters ahead of the 2016 Olympics, a top official said Friday, adding he was also worried about boats hitting garbage.

Smartphone device performs laboratory tests for disease

San Francisco - A new smartphone-based device that can examine laboratory samples in the field, to a high level of accuracy, has been developed. The aim of the device is to scan for infectious diseases.

Tetris can help block flashbacks of traumatic events

A study has found that playing Tetris can help people recover from post-traumatic stress disorder and overcome the repeated flashbacks it triggers. In a new investigation, playing Tetris reduced the number of memories of the event by over 50 percent.

Call for fund to develop new antibiotics

A British economist is calling on the world's leading pharmaceutical companies to set up a $2 billion fund to enable research into new antibiotics.

EU 'aware of German air safety lapses' before deadly Alps crash

Berlin - The European Aviation Safety Agency had voiced concerns over Germany's "non-conformity" with air safety rules before the Germanwings air crash which killed 150 people, especially on air crew health monitoring, a spokesman told AFP Saturday.

Australian icebreaker rescues ailing Antarctic base worker

Sydney - A seriously ill worker has been evacuated by helicopter from Australia's Antarctic station to an icebreaker ship in a dramatic round-the-clock rescue.

How smartphones can revolutionize the diagnosis of disease

Smartphones are revered for their huge range of capabilities, expandable via apps that use the potential of the hardware to maximum effect. One of the most intriguing possibilities being explored now is the ability to use a phone to diagnose illness.
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