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May 24, 2015

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May 24, 2015

Ledipasvir Plus Sofosbuvir: Hint of Added Benefit in Further Patient Group

May 22, 2015 — Documents subsequently submitted by the manufacturer show an advantage in sustained virologic response also for hepatitis C infection of genotype 1 with HIV coinfection without cirrhosis of the ... read more

Novel Drug Combo Improves Function of Cystic Fibrosis Protein

May 20, 2015 — A novel two-drug combination has the potential to target and restore a defective protein underlying cystic fibrosis (CF), according to two phase III clinical trials conducted at 187 medical centers ... read more

Re-Engineered Antibiotic Show Potential for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

May 20, 2015 — Scientists have developed a second-generation antibiotic that shows early effectiveness against common bacterial infections that pose a serious health threat to children and ... read more

Apremilast in Plaque Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis: No Added Benefit Can Be Derived

May 19, 2015 — Reviewers report that the dossiers submitted regarding the use of Apremilast for psoriasis contained neither data from studies of direct comparisons nor indirect comparisons. The manufacturer itself ... read more

Smoking Marijuana May Cause Early Puberty and Stunts Growth in Boys

May 18, 2015 — Boys who smoke marijuana go through puberty earlier but grow more slowly than those who have never smoked the drug according to a new ... read more

New Alzheimer's Drug to Enter Clinical Trials

May 18, 2015 — A new drug that may help to prevent the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease is to enter clinical trials. The number of people with dementia is steadily increasing. The most common cause of dementia ... read more

The True Burden of Tuberculosis in Malaysian Prison

May 18, 2015 — Prisons are common settings for tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks, yet screening and prevention services can be extremely limited. As the spread of drug-resistant TB increases, understanding and monitoring ... read more

Diagnostic Errors Linked to High Incidence of Incorrect Antibiotic Use

May 18, 2015 — Misdiagnoses lead to increased risk of incorrect antibiotic use, threatening patient outcomes and antimicrobial efficacy, while increasing healthcare costs, a new study concludes. The researchers ... read more

Smaller Volumes in Certain Regions of the Brain Could Lead to Increased Likelihood of Drug Addiction

May 15, 2015 — Individual differences in brain structure could help to determine the risk for future drug addiction, new research suggests. The study found that occasional users who subsequently increased their ... read more

Recreational Drug Use on Weekends Often Morphs Into Daily Use, Study Finds

May 13, 2015 — More than half of patients who report 'weekend-only' drug use end up expanding their drug use to weekdays, too -- suggesting that primary care clinicians should monitor patients who ... read more

Diabetes Drug May Reduce Heart Attack Risk in HIV Patients

May 15, 2015 — A diabetes drug may have benefits beyond lower blood sugar in patients with HIV. New research suggests the drug may prevent cardiovascular problems because it works to reduce inflammation that is ... read more

Challenges of Developing Obstetric Medicines

May 13, 2015 — The development of new drugs for use in obstetrics is long overdue. A new paper addresses the reasons for this and suggests ways that barriers to finding new treatments could be ... read more

PartySmart: Could the Infamous 'Hangover' Become Extinct?

May 14, 2015 — It’s a Sunday morning, you didn’t get back home until 3:30am, your head is banging, your throat is sore and to top it off, your mouth is dry. Later the fatigue will kick in, making it impossible ... read more

Drug Extends Survival of Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

May 13, 2015 — A drug developed 50 years ago and abandoned because it was considered to be too toxic has gained a second life in an international clinical trial. Research shows the drug and a potentiating agent ... read more

Public Health Advisories Linked With Reduction of Codeine Dispensing to Postpartum Women

May 12, 2015 — Public health advisories from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada were associated with significant reductions in the rate of dispensing of codeine to postpartum women, ... read more

New Test Could Identify Resistant Tuberculosis Faster

May 13, 2015 — The time needed to genetically sequence the bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mtb) from patient samples has been reduced from weeks to days using a new technique. This could help health service ... read more

Debate: Is the Long Term Use of Psychiatric Drugs Harmful?

May 12, 2015 — The benefits of psychiatric drugs have been exaggerated and the harms underplayed due to poor trial designs, argues an expert in a new article. But another expert and a patient contend that the ... read more

May 13, 2015 — Secondhand exposure to cannabis smoke under 'extreme conditions,' such as an unventilated room or enclosed vehicle, can cause nonsmokers to feel the effects of the drug, have minor problems ... read more

Starving Cancer Instead of Feeding It Poison

May 13, 2015 — An enzyme drug can remove asparagine, an essential nutrient for some cancers, but it also degrades glutamine, necessary for all human cells. But an induced mutation in the drug permits it to reduce ... read more

Researchers Discover How Cocaine, Amphetamines Disrupt the Brain's Normal Functioning

May 11, 2015 — In a major advance in the field of neuropsychiatry, researchers have illuminated how cocaine and amphetamines disrupt the normal functioning of the dopamine transporter in the brain. This discovery ... read more

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