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Is drinking alcohol actually good for you?

There’s no confirmed evidence that having a hangover is actually healthy (sorry to ruin your Saturday morning plans), but according to a new study …

Alcohol

Discovery enables 'mass produced blood'

<b>Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards mass-producing red blood cells suitable for donation.</b><p>Red blood cells can already be made in the lab, but the problem is scale.<p>A team at the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant have developed a method to produce an unlimited …

Biology

Can a mountain wind really make you ill?

<b>It's common to hear people say that weather affects their health. Many, for example, claim that joint pain, the increased twinge of an arthritic knee perhaps, is a sure sign that cold wet weather is on the way. But how much do weather phenomena, or changes in the weather, really affect our health?</b> …

Climate

Is a daily cup of tea the key to warding off dementia?

As if we needed an excuse!<p>If you'd like to ward off dementia, then you might want to start enjoying even more tea after a study revealed your daily …

Dementia

If you have ‘overactive bladder,’ drugs may not be the best solution

The advertising of drugs for what is often called “overactive bladder” can make it seem as though medication is the key to curbing frequent bathroom breaks and bladder leaks. But is taking a drug the best solution for regaining control of your bladder?<p><b>What the ads may skip</b><p>Drug ads may leave out …

Health Information

American College of Physicians on AHCA: “I’ve never seen a bill that will do more harm to health”

A brutal assessment from a major doctors group.<p>Health care provider groups — representatives of America’s doctors, hospitals, and other caregivers — have generally been critical of the Republican American Health Care Act, but in a fairly restrained way. Bob Doherty, senior vice president for …

Health Care

Nearly 12,000 Kids Poisoned by Opioids Each Year

Nearly 12,000 children and teens mistakenly get some sort of opioid drug each year, many of them kids under 5 who find pills by mistake, doctors reported Monday.<p>The littler ones are especially likely to get hold of buprenorphine, which is usually prescribed to help treat opioid addiction, the …

Addiction

Heart Attack News: Soft Plaque Build-Up May Not Be Culprit

A study presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting in Washington indicates measuring a patient’s coronary calcium levels is a much …

Diabetes

Keratoakanthome nach Anwendung von Ingenolmebutat (Picato®) -- Bad Drug News

bad drug news<p>Keratoakanthome nach Anwendung von Ingenolmebutat (Picato®)<p>Autor(in): Urspeter Masche<p>Datum: 20. März 2017<p>Ingenolmebutat wird zur …

Skins creams containing paraffin linked to fire deaths

<b>Skin creams containing paraffin have been linked to dozens of fire deaths across England, the BBC has learned.</b><p>The products for conditions like eczema and psoriasis can leave people at risk of setting themselves ablaze.<p>If people use the creams regularly but do not often change clothes or bedding, …

Skin Care

Why gluten-free might not be so good for you after all - BBC Newsbeat

<b>Gluten-free? It might not be the healthier option after all.</b><p>Scientists at Harvard University say those who cut gluten out of their diet increase the risk of developing diabetes.<p>Despite only one percent of the population having coeliac disease (which requires no gluten), the diet is very cool right …

Gluten

NHS to introduce £20m cap on new drugs

<b>A new £20m-a-year cap on the cost of new drugs will be introduced in the NHS in England in an attempt to save money, health chiefs have announced.</b><p>The new measure could lead to delays of up to three years before new drugs are made available to give NHS bosses the chance to try to renegotiate the …

Health Care

Neuroleptika-Probleme -- Bad Drug News

bad drug news<p>Neuroleptika-Probleme<p>Autor(in): Urspeter Masche<p>Datum: 15. März 2017<p>Zwei aktuelle Beobachtungsstudien weisen auf zum Teil etwas weniger …

Beyond Lyme: New Tick-Borne Diseases On The Rise In U.S.

It all started in the shower. Tucker Lane looked down, and there they were.<p>"Two ticks, on my right hip, directly next to each other," he says.<p>At the time, Lane didn't think much about it. He grew up on Cape Cod. Ticks are everywhere there in the summer. "Just another tick bite. Not a big deal," he …

Flu

The pharma business model actually wants people to stay sick

Pharma-funded "patient" groups keep drug prices astronomical<p>It happens with regularity during citizen open-mike sessions at FDA drug advisory committee hearings. A queue of “patients” materializes out of nowhere to testify, often in tears, about the crucial need for a new drug or new use approval. …

Health Care

Hospital Stumbles in Bid to Teach a Computer to Treat Cancer

In 2012, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center launched an ambitious project with International Business Machines Corp.’s Watson program that promised to transform cancer care with the help of artificial intelligence.<p>Almost five years and more than $62 million later, the sprawling …

IBM Watson

Caffeine among compounds that could combat dementia

For years we have seen studies noting observational connections between consumption of coffee and reduced risk of dementia, but it's only been …

Dementia

The American Medical Association said it opposes the Republican health plan.

The American Medical Association, the powerful lobbying group representing the nation’s doctors, announced on Wednesday that it opposed the House Republicans’ proposed legislation to replace the federal health care law, saying it was concerned the bill “would result in millions of Americans losing …

Health Care

The endless hunt for new diabetes drugs

As oncologists race forward with new treatments verging on science fiction and biotech companies press on with drugs for once-hopeless rare …

Diabetes

The simple blood test that could finally help cure cancer

Guardant Health cofounder and WIRED Health speaker Helmy Eltoukhy talks about the blood test that can monitor a tumour's DNA<p>Like ‘the size of a 747’ or ‘the length of a football pitch’, ‘curing cancer’ has become a part of our everyday lexicon. ‘A cure for cancer’ is a synonymous silver bullet - a …

Cancer

Has Alzheimer's research reached crisis point?

When scientists at Merck announced last week that they were putting an end to late-stage trials of their latest Alzheimer’s drug, it wasn’t just patients and families that were devastated. With verubecestat, a once-promising therapy, declared as having no positive effect, its failure set alarm …

Dementia

FDA approves first drug to limit frequent waking to urinate

U.S. regulators Friday approved the first drug to reduce nighttime trips to the bathroom.<p>The treatment is a nasal spray intended for adults who wake up at least twice a night to urinate. The Food and Drug Administration said the spray, called Noctiva, is not approved to treat all causes of frequent …

Medicine

11 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Protect your heart with these med-free remedies<p>High blood pressure plays a contributing role in more than 15 percent of deaths in the United States, according to a Harvard study. Although it causes no symptoms, high blood pressure boosts your risk of leading killers such as heart attack and stroke, …

World's most threatening superbugs ranked in new list

<b>The World Health Organization has drawn up a list of the drug-resistant bacteria that pose the biggest threat to human health.</b><p>Top of the list are gram-negative bugs, such as E. coli, which can cause lethal bloodstream infections and pneumonia in frail hospital patients.<p>The list will be discussed …

Flu

Blood tests spot ovarian cancer early

<b>A blood test every four months could help women at high-risk of ovarian cancer find tumours early, say doctors.</b><p>There is currently no screening programme for the disease, so high-risk women are advised to have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.<p>In the trial on 4,348 women, published in the …

Cancer

Hepatitis C charity took drug industry funding

<b>A charity that tried to force the NHS to buy more of an expensive hepatitis C treatment received large amounts of money from the drug's manufacturer, the Victoria Derbyshire show has found.</b><p>The Hepatitis C Trust has taken £200,000 in grant funding from US drugs giant Gilead since 2014.<p>Last year, it …

Osteoporosis drugs may make bones weaker

<b>Drugs used to treat weak bones in elderly patients suffering from osteoporosis may actually make them weaker, research suggests.</b><p>Scientists at Imperial College London examined the bone structure of hip-fracture patients who had been treated with bisphosphonates.<p>They found evidence the drugs were …

Medical Technology

Chronisch-obstruktive Lungenkrankheit -- Infomed Online -- pharma-kritik Kurztext

pharma-kritik kurztext<p>Chronisch-obstruktive Lungenkrankheit<p>Autor(in): Alexandra Röllin<p>Datum: 1. März 2017<p>Link zu pharma-kritik Volltext:</b> …

Behandlung des Reizdarmsyndroms -- Infomed Online -- pharma-kritik Kurztext

pharma-kritik kurztext<p>Behandlung des Reizdarmsyndroms<p>Autor(in): Barbara Loeliger<p>Datum: 1. März 2017<p>Link zu pharma-kritik Volltext: <b>Behandlung des</b> …