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Thunderstorm asthma: 'You're talking an event equivalent to a terrorist attack'

A perfect storm of factors that triggered a mass asthma event and claimed at least six lives in Melbourne has perplexed health experts, who believe climate change may be the missing piece in the puzzle<p>A sudden drop in temperature in Melbourne on Monday evening from peaks of 35C brought with it …

The Real News, Uncensored.

Opioid Addiction Is a Huge Problem, but Pain Prescriptions Are Not the Cause

Both the FDA and the CDC have recently taken steps to address an epidemic of opioid overdose and addiction, which is now killing some 29,000 …

When Time Behind Bars Cuts Addiction Treatment Short

Michael Burghardt couldn't sleep. His legs were shaking, his bones ached and he couldn't stop throwing up.<p>Burghardt was in the Valley Street Jail in Manchester, N.H. This was his 11th stay at the jail in the last 12 years. There had been charges for driving without a license, and arguments where …

Methadone

Look, Ma! No Mitochondria

Scientists have found a microbe that does something textbooks say is impossible: It's a complex cell that survives without mitochondria.<p>Mitochondria are the powerhouses inside eukaryotic cells, the type of complicated cell that makes up people, other critters and plants and fungi. All eukaryotic …

Biology

Doctors are on the front lines of opioid addiction. They aren't doing enough to prevent it

There's never been a secret about the addictive properties of opioid painkillers. But a new investigation by The Times revealed something that wasn't so widely known: The maker of one of the most popular opioid painkillers pushed doctors to adhere to a regimen that, as it turned out, made it more …

Pharma

What Feds' Push To Share Health Data Means For Patients

Two years ago, when the federal government first released data on how much Medicare paid physicians, the media coverage was widespread. Doctors who earned significant sums were dubbed "Medicare millionaires" and journalists highlighted unusual patterns in how some doctors bill for services.<p>When …

Health Care

Doctor reveals horrors that make this hospital dangerous for kids

<i>A pediatrician who spent three years as a resident at Coney Island Hospital spoke to The Post’s Melkorka Licea about the frightening patient care the</i> …

FDA Warns Antipsychotic Drug Can Cause Compulsive Sex and Gambling

The FDA warned Tuesday that the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole, which is found in medications like Abilify and Aristada, has been linked to …

10 Killer Ab Workouts That Aren't Crunches

Flipped Wrist Plank<p>I love this plank for stretching out tight wrists and shoulders. Come in to a regular plank then flip both hands around so the …

Senator Pushes For $600 Million Response To Heroin Epidemic

The senior senator from one of the states hit hardest by heroin and opioid abuse will call on Monday for Congress to spend $600 million immediately to address and curtail the epidemic.<p>The Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, being introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen …

CVS chooses Amgen's new cholesterol drug over competitor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. drug benefit manager CVS Health said on Monday it would add Amgen Inc’s Repatha cholesterol treatment to its list of covered drugs for private plans over a competing treatment from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi SA.<p>The two competing treatments, which can slash “bad” …

Biotechnology

New Understanding of Cause of Alzheimer's Symptoms

<b>Amyloid plaques may be strangling blood flow.</b><p>Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have uncovered a mechanism in the brain that could …

Scientists Find Socially Anxious People Are Highly Intelligent

While it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that most people of high intelligence are usually socially awkward in some respect, most people …

Self-help

Editorial: The Source of the 'Asian Advantage' Isn't Asian Values

Given that Asian Americans demonstrate the highest median family income of any racial group in the country, it is not surprising that “the Asian advantage” is being addressed by many Americans.<p>In a weekend op-ed for the New York Times, columnist Nick Kristof attributed the economic success of Asian …

Equality

Brain scans suggest schizophrenia is not one disease - Futurity

MRI scans of 47 people with schizophrenia and 36 healthy people offer more evidence that schizophrenia is not a single disorder.

The Brain

What To Eat And Drink To Help Your Digestion

Nothing's fun about constipation 💩<p>We all get a little stuck sometimes.<p>Constipation can be caused by a host of things: A poor diet, a poor exercise routine and often stress can all contribute to discomfort on the toilet.<p>In most cases, adding a little extra fiber to your diet can help get things …

10 Takeaways From the Democratic Debate

On October 13, the five Democratic presidential candidates debated for more than two hours. There were 10 takeaways from the event:<p><b>1. It was a high-level debate, filled with discussion of Democratic policies and values.</b> In contrast, the first two Republican debates featured a mixture of tired …

California Passes Strict New Law to Fight Superbugs

The new law will end the use of antibiotics as a way of plumping up farm animals.<p>California has passed the strictest farm antibiotics law in the country, in an effort to curb the risk of antibiotic resistant superbugs.<p>The new law was approved by Governor Jerry Brown Saturday. Brown had originally …

Agriculture

The Supreme Court Let A Man Die. He Was Executed With The Wrong Drug.

The court placed far too much faith in Oklahoma's disastrous lethal injection protocol in January and in June.<p>You need five Supreme Court justices to halt an execution. In January, Charles Warner got four. Oklahoma executed him that same day.<p>But the court did something strange eight days later: It …

Human 'mini brains' grown in labs may help solve cancer, autism, Alzheimer's

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Harvard medical pioneer calls it "astounding" — an "incredible achievement" and a "quantum leap forward" in the battle against cancer, autism, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.<p>What's going on? Scientists at Ohio State University say they've figured out a way to grow the genetic equivalent of a …

Biotechnology

Nobel Prize In Chemistry Goes To 3 Scientists Who Uncovered DNA Repair

The discoveries of Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, and Aziz Sancar could help fight cancer<p>The wait is over for chemistry enthusiasts: today the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry prize was awarded to a trio of researchers, Tomas Lindahl of the Francis Crick Institute, Paul Modrich of Duke University and …

Doctors Without Borders Wants Independent Inquiry Into U.S. Attack On Hospital

Calling a U.S. gunship attack on its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, a "blatant breach of international law," Doctors Without Borders is calling for an independent international investigation into the attack that killed 22 people and wounded 37 more. The group views the airstrike as a war …

This 30-year-old CEO just launched the one critical test his Alzheimer's drug needs for approval

But Vivek Ramaswamy, a 30-year-old former Wall Street hedge fund manager, told investors at a meeting in July that his company Axovant is "a single confirmatory study away" from getting FDA approval for his mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease treatment, currently called RVT-101.<p>Now, that phase 3 …

Dementia

Benzodiazepines ineffective in treating anxiety disorders and may increase dementia risk

<b>Osteopathic psychiatrists encourage patients to review treatment options to improve outcomes and reduce risks</b><p>Patients taking benzodiazepines to treat …

A secret Chinese operation during the Mao era conquered one of the world's most dangerous diseases

Known in Chinese as qinghaosu and derived from the sweet wormwood (<i>Artemisia annua L.</i>), artemisinin was only one of several hundred substances Tu and her team of researchers culled from Chinese drugs and folk remedies and systematically tested in their search for a treatment to …

China

FDA asks duodenoscopes makers to study success of cleaning guide

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered three Japanese manufacturers of duodenoscopes to conduct studies to evaluate how the devices are being used, as part of its effort to prevent the transmission of infections through the device.<p>Duodenoscopes are flexible, lighted tubes …

Public Health

Benzodiazepine Drugs Tied To Increased Risk of Dementia

New research suggests the practice of using benzodiazepines to treat psychiatric conditions should be abandoned as evidence suggests the drugs …

26 Foods You Should Learn To Cook In Your Twenties

And the recipes to use to learn the best versions.<p>This is the most common way restaurants cook vegetables; it can be done to nearly any vegetable. Do not be scared by this. It is easy and awesome. To blanch means to put a vegetable in rapidly boiling salted water until it's <i>just</i> cooked, usually only …

What Happens if You Take Antibiotics With Alcohol?

You know how your doctor's all, "Don't drink while you're on this medication I just prescribed you!" and you're all, "What? Don't be such a buzzkill, …