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Blood pressure drug may help with alcohol addiction

A resupposed drug eases recovery for people struggling with severe alcohol withdrawal. The drug was first developed to treat high blood pressure. Researchers have found the medication can reduce severe withdrawal symptoms.

Op-Ed: Is coronavirus infectivity linked to blood pressure medication?

London - As part of the review into why some people are more prone to contracting a coronavirus infection, some scientists are finding a connection with high blood pressure medication. Other researchers, however, have yet to find evidence.

Essential Science: Why some medications make COVID-19 worse

A new review of certain prescribed medications indicates that some drugs may make COVID-19 symptoms worse, especially in relation to the lungs. We also look at some other findings of interest in relation to the virus.

Review: Leslie Mendelson delights on 'Medication,' to release new album Special

Singer-songwriter Leslie Mendelson released her new single, the piano-laden "Medication." Digital Journal has the scoop.

Medicinal cannabis substitute can treat Parkinson's disease

Scientists have found that a non-cannabis drug has a positive impact upon some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson's' disease, providing an alternative to media cannabis products and avoiding the associated 'high'.

Half of all commonly used drugs change the gut microbiome

New research, presented at UEG Week 2019 (19-23 October), has linked half of all commonly used drugs to profound changes in the gut microbiome. This has implications for human health and wellbeing.

Q&A: AI fighting cancer by rescuing and repurposing failed drugs Special

Lantern Pharma is aiming to change how the industry thinks about clinical testing, by analyzing historical data with AI and machine learning to get the right people in the right trials with the right drugs.

Canadian officials surprised over U.S. medicine imports

The U.S. government plans to allow its citizens to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada. The problem is, they neglected to tell Canadian officials about the scheme.

New treatment fully suppresses HIV infection

A major study into HIV has found that men with the infection had the virus completely suppressed by antiretroviral drugs. Furthermore, there was no chance, according to the research, of the men with HIV infecting their partners.

Warning sounded about online pharmacies

London - A call has been made from medical professionals for new regulations to be put in place to control online stores that sell prescription only medicines. The regulation would help to protect patients.

Essential Science: Does popping vitamin pills actually work?

Many people take specific or multi-vitamin pills as part of their daily routine and the market for fortified supplements is growing in value. A new medical study, however, suggests that the daily habit provides little benefit.

Interview: Medication non-adherence is a growing problem Special

Medication non-adherence is a growing problem in the U.S. More than half of all hospitalizations are the result of patients failing to take their prescribed medications. A solution comes from Danish startup Klikkit.

Autism's social deficits reversed with anti-cancer drug

New York - New research suggests that autism's social deficits can be reversed by an established anti-cancer drug called romidepsin. This represents a breakthrough in epigenetics research.

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.
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