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New guidance to ensure medicine label claims are genuine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently released new guidance concerning drug labeling. This is an important area to crack down on, as misleading claims can lead to patient harm.

Microbial super-pill can reveal gut health

Researchers have developed a so-called 'super pill', which comes in an indigestible format. The idea is that you swallow the pill and it collects representative microorganisms. Examining these organisms then offers health clues.

Artificial intelligence to predict drug side effects

Advances in artificial intelligence are helping researchers to predict medicinal drug combinations' side effects. This information will help to enhance patient safety.

Insulin being developed in pill form

Researchers are developing a way to deliver insulin in a pill. The new technique could replace the need for daily injections for diabetics.

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.

FDA issues new codeine drug warning

Bethesda - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about the use of codeine based medicines, especially in the context of medicines administered to children.

Capsule technology designed to treat hemophilia

Austin - A biodegradable oral delivery system has been designed for treating hemophilia B, a bleeding disorder. The pill has been developed at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dangerous dietary supplement recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced that the company Love My Tru Body has initiated a voluntary recall of a dietary supplement called Skinny Bee Diet. This is due to undeclared ingredients.

Suicide risk lifted from Pfizer's smoking-cessation pill

Brussels - Europe's drug regulator has lifted a longstanding warning in relation to a anti-smoking medication made by the company Pfizer.

Dealing with cavities by taking a pill

A new study suggests that a newly found bacterium could help address cavity formation, by keeping harmful bacteria at bay. The bacterium could be processed and be made available in pill form, as a type of oral probiotic.

What pills do astronauts need to pack for space?

As the possibility of the first humans going to Mars inches closer, biologists are considering the types of medicines that would need to be taken on board a deep space flight.

New weight loss solution drug

A new candidate drug shows promise as a weight-loss solution in mice, prompting the animals to burn calories in the absence of a meal. The drug may one day be suitable for people.

Vitamin D recommended for ‘at risk’ groups

London - In the U.K., the government has recommended that certain vulnerable groups take vitamin D supplements as part of a health promotion measure. Digital Journal assesses the reasons.

Aspiring playboy model arrested with 50,000 ecstasy pills

Aspiring playboy model Krista Boseley, from Canada, was busted last week at an airport in Orange County for trying to smuggle 50,000 ecstasy pills from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

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.

Jillian Michaels is a 'natural' on her new tour

"I have a secret," Jillian Michaels, a well-respected health and fitness expert of "The Biggest Loser" fame, said last week during a stop on her nationwide tour at Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois.

Does calorie restriction lead to weight loss?

A study on monkeys, drawn from a 25-year study of diet and aging, indicates a significant reduction in mortality and in age-associated diseases among those with calorie-restricted diets.

Nature's Pharmacy recalls products

Nature's Pharmacy and Compounding Center of Asheville, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling some injectable drugs and eye drops.

The risks of inauthentic herbals

DNA bar coding studies have revealed that herbal products are often contaminated or contain alternative compounds and fillers. This means that consumers do not always get what they pay for, and that some "remedies" can actually cause harm.

Pop a pill, how fecal transplant is becoming easier

A Canadian study shows that fecal transplants in an oral capsule form are an effective treatment for C. diff infection. This development makes the idea of the fecal transplant easier to swallow.

Bacterial pills may prevent inflammatory bowel disease

A study suggests that using common molecules made by bacteria in the gut to make a sort of "chill pill" could misplaced immune attacks in inflammatory bowel diseases like colitis.

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.

Can a pill be made to 'sober up' drunken people?

A magic pill to sober up someone up after an excessive intake of alcohol may be many years away. However, scientists have succeeded in developing a nanocapsule that can 'sober up' drunken mice.

Scientists analyze ancient pills found in Roman shipwreck

Ancient pills and surgical tools more than 2000 years old were discovered in a Roman shipwreck off the coast of Tuscany.

Painkiller pills recalled due to higher dosage risk

The pharmaceutical company Mylan has voluntarily recalled three types of painkiller tablets due to the risk that the tablets are more potent than the label indicates. The risk is that consumers could overdose.

Combined pills in PCOS could lead to venous thromboembolism

Recent findings have discovered that women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who are taking combined oral contraceptives have a 2-fold risk of blood clots compared with women without the disorder who take contraceptives

Study: Extra sleep more effective than painkillers

Detroit - Extended sleep is more beneficial and effective than painkillers in reducing sensitivity to pain, a new study concludes. Pain is felt more acutely by individuals experiencing daytime sleepiness through inadequate sleep.

New trans-dermal cream promises pain relief without pills

Charlottetown - A new study suggests Canada is a country in pain. Forty-three percent of Canadians visited a doctor for pain issues and 90 percent purchased pain medication or treatments last year. But despite that, most say they don't like to take pills.
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