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Will we soon see an anti-obesity drug?

Scientists have re-programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that can function as a hunger-suppressing lipid. So far, the molecule has proved successful in rodent studies.

Concerns continue with compounding pharmacies

Washington - Following widespread concerns during 2012 and 2013, a new report suggests there are still gaps in the oversight of U.S. compounding pharmacies.

Caution advised for pregnant women taking pain relief meds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published new guidance concerning the risks of taking pain relief medication for women whilst they are pregnant.

Antipsychotic drug warning

Bethesda - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert about an antipsychotic drug called ziprasidone. The drug is associated with a serious skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body.

New osteoarthritis therapy revealed Special

The company Levolta Pharmaceuticals has outlined the results of an initial Phase II study for a potential disease modifying drug. The drug is designed to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Concern over hypertension drugs

A relaxation of controls for hypertension management drug may have placed millions of patients at risk, according to a new study into prescribing in the U.S.

Second experimental Ebola drug gains approval

Washington - Following the use of the experimental Ebola treatment drug ZMapp on two U.S. aid workers in Liberia, the U.S. FDA has partially approved a second medication. The drug, TKM-Ebola, has been approved from the next phase of clinical trials.

Is Canada delaying the release of cancer medication?

Toronto - The organization that reviews oncology medicines in Canada is unnecessarily delaying approvals according to a new study released by the Fraser Institute.

Pharmacist charged with stealing 200,000 pills

New York - A pharmacist who oversaw a major hospital's vault of drugs stole nearly 200,000 powerful painkillers according to New York prosecutors.

Innovative ways to avoid missing prescription medication Special

Some people are required to take different pills at different times on a daily basis. Keeping track of this can be difficult. To help people to remember, a company have devised an innovative electronic pill box.

Potential new drug may bring hope for Alzheimer's sufferers

New York - Experiments conducted by researchers at Sidney Strickland’s Laboratory of Neurobiology and Genetics at Rockefeller University have discovered a compound which may stop the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Tamiflu research questioned

Scientists claim that analysis of the antiviral medication Tamiflu, which claims that the medication didn't work, was statistically weak and based on unreliable randomized clinical trial data.

FDA issues alert over medication changes

Washington - Each month the U.S. FDA issues an alert over changes to the packaging or prescribing information relating to a number of medicines. The Digital Journal examines the latest information.

Hopes dashed with anti-HIV drug

Scientists have reported that compounds that they hoped would "wake up" dormant reservoirs of HIV inside immune system T cells, allowing them to be destroyed by targeted medications, have not been successful.

New drugs to lower cholesterol

New research has developed a class of experimental medicines that can lower cholesterol. These drugs aim to help those who cannot tolerate Lipitor and other statin drugs.

Croatia enforces child vaccinations

A constitutional court has upheld the requirement that Croatian children be vaccinated for hepatitis, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, irrespective of the views of the parents.

Pain relief med recalled due to manufacturing error

Pain Free By Nature is recalling "Reumofan Plus" Tablets purchased through their website. This is because it is not an FDA approved drug. The diet supplements are made in Mexico and have been imported into the U.S.

Migraine sufferers react well to placebo med

New research suggests that what migraine-headache sufferers think about their pills’ identities matters nearly as much as whether or not those pills contain active medication.

Pennsylvania pizza shop delivers medicines to the ill and elderly

Ligonier - Recent bitter cold spells have made some ill and elderly people housebound. To help his fellow citizens during this challenging time, a Pennsylvania pizza delivery owner has been delivering medicines to the ill and elderly in his neighbourhood.

New guidelines out for treating hypertension

Blood pressure can be difficult to understand because it means more than just a set of numbers. We have been told for years that a measurement of 120/80 is the ideal that is considered normal. But now, there are new guidelines for clinicians to follow.

FDA introduce tighter controls on opiates

Due to an apparent growing misuse of long-acting prescription opioids, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced tighter controls on the use of opiates for medication purposes.

Is an anti-obesity drug possible?

Brisbane - Scientists appear to have moved a step closer to an "anti-obesity drug" that may block the effects of diets high in sugar and fats.

Diabetes causing proteins examined

All mammals make this same protein called amylin, and it only differs a little bit from species to species. This difference can be enough for an animal to develop type 2 diabetes.

Op-Ed: One in ten children have ADHD and have the diagnoses to prove it

According to a fairly recent study, ADHD diagnoses for children between the ages of 4 and 17 years old have risen by 42% in the last decade. If these diagnoses are true, more than one in 10 U.S. children have ADHD.

New cholesterol lowering statin alternative

A Phase 1 clinical trial has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of a cholesterol-lowering drug. The drug is an alternative to statins and could avoid some of the side-effects.

Risks of antibiotic over-use

Medics continue to over prescribe antibiotics for patients with sore throats. This over-use of antibiotics has serious implications, a new study reveals.

Developments in personalized cancer therapy

Scientists are developing individualized tumor treatment methods based on the genetic profile of different cancers. This would be an alternative to giving patients generalized medicines.

Harmful side-effects of antibiotics revealed

New research, undertaken at Harvard University, indicates how long-term treatment with common antibiotics can trigger harmful side effects.

Antidepressant drug has potential to treat sickle cell disease

A widely used antidepressant drug called TCP has, according to new research, the potential to treat sickle cell disease.

Fungi offer new clues for asthma treatment

Cardiff - From a review of fungal particles found in the lungs of asthma sufferers, scientists think that they have the foundations for developing new treatments.
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