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Study strengthens case for heart benefit in chocolate

Consuming moderate amounts of chocolate was associated with significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation — a common and …

Epizyme's tazemetostat an Orphan Drug for soft tissue sarcoma

The FDA designates Epizyme's (NASDAQ:EPZM) tazemetostat an Orphan Drug for the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma.<p>Among the benefits of Orphan Drug …

Pharma

Most Americans say Republican healthcare plan will be harmful: Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When U.S. Senate Republicans unveil their plan to overhaul America's healthcare system, they will face a skeptical public that already does not buy the justification for an earlier version that passed the House of Representatives, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on …

Republicans

FDA Wants To Stop Pharma From ‘Gaming’ Generic Drug System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration moved on Wednesday to prevent pharmaceutical companies from "gaming" the system to block or delay entry of generic rivals.<p>FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a blog post that the agency plans to hold a public meeting on July 18 to identify ways …

Pharma

Dramatic spike in opioid-related ER visits, hospitalizations, report reveals

A startling report on the nation’s harrowing opioid epidemic revealed emergency room visits and hospitalizations for opioid-related illnesses across the country totaled 1.27 million in a single year, with women now just as likely as men to be affected. The data, released Tuesday, reported a 99 …

Addiction

Flu vaccine ineffective for people 65 and older last winter

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around.<p>U.S. health officials on Wednesday released new vaccine data showing it did a so-so job overall.<p>The vaccine was about 42 …

Public Health

'Monumental U-turn' on cancer drug

<b>A pioneering and life-extending drug repeatedly deemed too expensive will now be offered on the NHS in England.</b><p>It is the result of a confidential deal between the health service and the drug company Roche.<p>Kadcyla, the undiscounted cost of which had been £90,000 per patient, adds an average of six …

Cancer

Coconut oil 'as unhealthy as beef fat and butter'

<b>Coconut oil is as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter, say US heart experts.</b><p>It is packed with saturated fat which can raise "bad" cholesterol, says the American Heart Association in updated advice.<p>Coconut oil is commonly sold as a health food and some claim the fat in it may be better for us than …

Nutrition

Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

<b>Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment.</b><p>The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working.<p>Cancer Research UK said the test could "greatly improve …

Cancer

Medicine information leaflets 'too scary', say experts

<b>There is too much focus on the potential side-effects of medicines on information leaflets inside packs and not enough on their benefits, says the Academy of Medical Sciences.</b><p>Its new report calls for them to be rewritten to give a more balanced view.<p>A survey by the academy found the public was …

Medicine

Worldwide, more than 10 percent of young teens are smokers

(Reuters Health) - Roughly 11 percent of youth aged 13 to 15 around the world use tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars, a global survey of students suggests.<p>Tobacco use is the world’s leading cause of preventable death and serious illness, killing an estimated 6 million people each year, …

Public Health

EU moves to restrict hormone-disrupting chemical found in plastics

Green groups welcome ‘historic’ ruling recognising that bisphenol A (BPA), found in TVs, plastic water bottles and kettles, poses a threat to human heath<p>A chemical found in CDs, DVDs, kettles and water bottles could soon be restricted after the EU authorities ruled that it posed a threat to human …

Health

Coconut oil is actually worse for your heart than butter: study

Coconut oil is worse for your heart than butter and beef, a new study claims.<p>The thought-to-be healthy oil is 82 percent saturated fat — while butter …

Nutrition

Researchers find valuable new clues in fight against multi-drug resistance

Research into yeast, the single-celled organism behind a range of human infections, has led to University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry researchers …

Biology

5 Reasons to Skip Saw Palmetto for an Enlarged Prostate

For the millions of American men with enlarged prostates, few remedies may sound more appealing than the dietary supplement known as saw palmetto …

The Truth About Supplements for Your Heart

Walk into any pharmacy or health-food store and you’ll see shelves of dietary supplements that promise to help your heart, such as omega-3, coenzyme …

Vitamins

Analysis Finds Lead in 20% of Baby Food Samples

A new report has found that 20% of baby food contains traces of lead — a higher amount than what is found in all other foods.<p>The Environmental …

Research

Sommerhitze und Medikamente -- Aktuell

telegramm<p>Sommerhitze und Medikamente<p>Autor(in): Urspeter Masche<p>Datum: 16. Juni 2017<p>Bei sommerlichen Hitzewellen ist daran zu denken, dass es …

Moderate alcohol consumption linked to brain decline

<i>The results of a new study have shown that even moderate alcohol intake can have a negative impact on cognitive health.</i><p>A new study concludes that …

Research

Bild des Monats

Schlangen-Knöterich (Polygonum bistorta)<p>Juni 2017<p>Die Knöterichgewächse (<i>Polygonaceae</i>) zählt nicht zu den Pflanzen, denen man einen „Schönheitspreis“ …

Walking linked to improved brain function

A moderate-intensity walking regimen may reduce symptoms of mild cognitive impairment that are linked to poor blood vessel health in the brain, a small study suggests.<p>Participants with vascular cognitive impairment, sometimes called vascular dementia, who walked three hours per week for six months …

The Brain

Scientists Link a Gene Mutation to Rheumatic Heart Disease

Whether a painful strep throat turns into a fatal case of heart disease depends not just on prompt antibiotic treatment but also on the patient’s genetic makeup, according to a new study led by Oxford University scientists.<p>The discovery could help the long fight to find a vaccine against Group A …

Medicine

How old is too old for cholesterol lowering medications?

There is growing debate about whether doctors should prescribe statins to otherwise healthy older people to reduce their risk of developing their …

Medicine

Head and Neck Cancers Involving HPV On the Rise: Redefining HPV Related Cancers

Head and neck cancers involving HPV are on the rise and researchers fear we may be seeing the start of an epidemic.The post Head and Neck Cancers …

Neuroscience

Schlafmittel und Hüftfraktur-Risiko

Nun wurde in einer Metaanalyse nochmals bestätigt, dass Benzodiazepine und Z-Medikamente (Zolpidem [Stilnox® u.a.], Zopiclon [Imovane® u.a.]) das …

FDA OKs expanded use of Novartis cancer med Zykadia

The FDA approves the use of Novartis' (NYSE:NVS) Zykadia (ceritinib) for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic ALK-positive non-small …

Yale/UC study finds extensive Facebook usage decreases health & happiness

A large-scale study jointly carried out by academics from Yale University and the University of California has concluded that greater than average use of Facebook decreases both mental health and happiness …<p>The <i>WSJ</i> reports that the study was a rigorous one, tracking the Facebook habits of more than …

Research

Researchers found a new health benefit to chocolate that could prevent strokes

Is chocolate good or bad for you? This debate rages on, but a recent medical study may definitely comes down on the “pro” side — and we like the …

Health

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