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New skin tracker app launched for medical reminders

The company Sun Dermatology has launched an app aimed at treating severe acne, to help patients track progress in relation to different medications. The app works by the patient taking digital images of their skin.

Innovation for safe transport and storage of medication

Paris - A new health innovation has been launched. Called LifeinaBox, it is the world’s smallest fridge, for the safe transport and storage of medication.

Digital communication helps young patient engagement

Warwick - How can younger people be helped with their healthcare needs? This includes taking medications and looking after themselves? The answer seems to be the use of digital communication, according to a new study.

Ten tips for handling prescription medications safely

There have been several stories reported on in the past few years about the risks associated with prescription medications, especially around misuse and overuse. A leading medic has provided Digital Journal with some important advice.

Serious health warning about NSAID medication

London - A study by published by the British Medical Journal has found that people who had taken any NSAID in the previous 14 days had a 19 percent elevated risk of heart failure.

Smart safe developed to remind people to take medications

A safe, controlled via a smartphone, not only keeps valuables (including medicines) safe it also sends out reminder texts when it’s time to take prescription medicines.

Most drugs in sewage are not from dumped narcotics

Vermont - The belief that most drugs in sewage are stashes of illegal narcotics flushed down toilets by criminals appears to be a myth. Most drugs in sewage systems are excreted by people who have been prescribed them.

Promising drug dissolves blood clots

Saint Petersburg - A promising new development drug lowers the risk of strokes by dissolving away blood clots (thrombolysis) in a targeted manner.

Arizona allows pharmacists to change prescriptions

Phoenix - Arizona has become the first U.S. state to allow pharmacists to change the medicine prescribed on a doctor’s prescription for a similar drug product. The law requires the patient to be informed.

Big AZ takeover and other pharmaceutical news

As we do on a regular basis, Digital Journal has reviewed the latest developments within the pharmaceutical sector. Here AstraZeneca completes takeover of Takeda's respiratory business and Ferring Pharmaceuticals have a new nocturia treatment.

Warning over antipsychotic drug and strange cravings

U.S. authorities have issued a warning over an antipsychotic drug. The drug, it seems, triggers a series of cravings: for food, gambling, shopping, and for increasing the user’s sex drive.

Can a dementia drug help with Parkinson’s?

A new study using an existing drug for dementia has indicated that the therapy may also be effective against Parkinson’s disease.

Zofran lawsuit — GSK requests split of generic, branded cases

As the number of Zofran lawsuits keep growing, the manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) petitioned the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts to separate brand-named injury litigation from those caused by generic ondansetron.

New drug offers Alzheimer's prevention hope

Cambridge - New experiments have indicated a number of drugs that could help protect against Alzheimer's disease. The drugs act like statins for the brain.

Can a blood pressure drug help with autism?

New research suggests a common drug, administered to people with high blood pressure, could be effective for people with autism, in addressing some of the behaviors associated with the condition.

Is eating an apple as effective as taking statins?

London - The arguments for and against statins are convoluted and have been running for years. Two health experts have stated the benefits of statins are outweighed by the side-effects.

Fighting cancer by trapping drugs in tumors

A research group have developed a novel means to fight cancer. Because anti-cancer drugs only work for a limited time, the new method succeeds in trapping the drug inside the tumor so it works for longer.

Obama signs law to protect pharmaceutical exclusivity

Washington - In a move that will please shareholders of pharmaceutical medications but disappoint those hoping for lower cost drugs to come to market quicker, the exclusivity rights of U.S. pharmaceutical companies have been extended.

New treatments for eye care and diabetes

Washington - 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.

New skin cancer drug approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new skin cancer drug manufactured by the company Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Bayer - no charge that probiotic is wrongfully promoted (update) Special

Washington - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has accused drugs maker Bayer of illegally promoting the effect of its probiotic, a collection of bacteria that it says “support digestive health.” However, the Justice Department will not pursue the charge.

Cancer drug moved from rare plant to lab yeast

Researchers have manufactured a common cancer drug from a yeast in the lab. Previously the important drug could only be obtained from a rare and endangered plant in the wild.

Latest drug recalls and safety label changes

Bethesda - As we do regularly on Digital Journal, the latest drug information changes, safety warnings and instruction changes are highlighted based on information provided by the U.S. FDA.

Time to clamp down on 'soft touch' doctors?

London - Should doctors who indiscriminately administer antibiotics to appease patients where there is no clinical need to do so be fined? This is the call of a leading health expert.

Using nanotechnology to treat diseases

Researchers are developing nanoparticles to direct drugs to specific places in the human body so that organs can be treated effectively. Many of these innovations can slowly release medications over a prolonged period of time.

New research consortium to tackle inflammatory diseases

London - A new of universities in the U.K., together with the U.K. government’s Medical Research Council, and support from GlaxoSmithKline, to work on a multi-million dollar research project into inflammatory diseases.

U.S. plans to speed up new drugs to market

Washington - A new bill, passed this month by the U.S. House of Representatives, could see new medications reach consumers and hospitals faster. The new measures are contained within the 21st Century Cures Act.

Microchips designed to slow-release drugs over years

Medical technologists have developed an implantable device that can be placed at a specific body site to allow for the slow release of targeted medications.

U.K. moves to ban ‘legal highs’

London - The U.K. Parliament is currently debating The Psychoactive Substances Bill. The bill, if passed, will place a number of so-called "legal highs" into the illegal category of stimulant drugs.
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