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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.

Two new diabetes drugs approved for U.S. and Japan

Big pharma companies Lilly and Takeda have announced that two new types of diabetes drugs are now available for patients, after being approved by regulatory authorities.

Aspirin shown to reduce cancer risk

Cambridge - A long-term and statistically large study has found regular use of aspirin may lead to a slightly reduced risk from some types of gastrointestinal cancers.

People on heart meds need behavior changes too

People who suffer heart failure and recover must take medications for the rest of their lives. Remembering to take the medication can be a problem. A researcher argues that patients must adapt their behavior rather than healthcare providers.

Can existing drugs help to combat MS?

Edinburgh - Existing medications for conditions like depression and heart problems could hold the clue to treating multiple sclerosis, according to medical experts.

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.
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