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Oral vitamin spray or topical magnesium spray can help beat the blues, says TV chef Tonia Buxton

Oral vitamin spray or topical magnesium spray can help beat the blues, says TV chef Tonia Buxton

Boost your mood and energy levels this Blue Monday (16 January) by spraying your way to good health, says TV chef Tonia Buxton. [More]
Common drug for high blood pressure repurposed to treat soft tissue sarcoma in Europe

Common drug for high blood pressure repurposed to treat soft tissue sarcoma in Europe

A drug that's commonly used to treat high blood pressure is being repurposed for a rare tissue cancer in Europe. The medication, named propranolol, was recently granted Orphan Drug Designation by the European Commission. [More]
Better fungal disease diagnostics could be critical to fight against antimicrobial resistance

Better fungal disease diagnostics could be critical to fight against antimicrobial resistance

Poor diagnosis worldwide of fungal disease causes doctors to overprescribe antibiotics, increasing harmful resistance to antimicrobial drugs, according to a paper published today in Emerging Infectious Diseases. [More]
Synthesized steroid prevents lethal protein buildup in animal model of Parkinson's disease

Synthesized steroid prevents lethal protein buildup in animal model of Parkinson's disease

A synthesized steroid mirroring one naturally made by the dogfish shark prevents the buildup of a lethal protein implicated in some neurodegenerative diseases, reports an international research team studying an animal model of Parkinson's disease. [More]
Antiretroviral drugs may increase gay and bisexual men's susceptibility to syphilis

Antiretroviral drugs may increase gay and bisexual men's susceptibility to syphilis

The antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV infection might inadvertently be boosting gay/bisexual men's susceptibility to the bacteria responsible for syphilis, Treponema pallidum, conclude researchers in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. [More]
Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Vaccines are an important part of routine healthcare for adults, seniors and women who are pregnant. [More]
Antivirals that block influenza can also inhibit Zika virus infection, study shows

Antivirals that block influenza can also inhibit Zika virus infection, study shows

Researchers from the University of Helsinki have shown that three anti-influenza compounds effectively inhibit Zika virus infection in human cells. [More]
Benzodiazepine-like drugs linked to increased stroke risk among Alzheimer's disease patients

Benzodiazepine-like drugs linked to increased stroke risk among Alzheimer's disease patients

The use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like drugs was associated with a 20 per cent increased risk of stroke among persons with Alzheimer's disease, shows a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. [More]
Plans for schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injector continue to progress positively

Plans for schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injector continue to progress positively

The plans for an amendment to legislation which will allow all state schools to hold a spare adrenaline injector for use in case of emergencies continues to progress positively. We have been informed today by the Department of Health that this change is to come into effect in October of this year. [More]
OHSU research suggests avenue for developing non-addictive treatments for chronic pain

OHSU research suggests avenue for developing non-addictive treatments for chronic pain

OHSU research suggests an avenue for developing treatments for chronic pain that harness the medicinal properties of cannabis while minimizing the threat of addiction. [More]
Reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse coronary atherosclerosis

Reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse coronary atherosclerosis

People who use cocaine regularly are at high risk of coronary artery disease. A study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, reports that stopping or reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse the process of coronary atherosclerosis. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
New research finds link between heartburn drugs and increase in risk of infectious gastroenteritis

New research finds link between heartburn drugs and increase in risk of infectious gastroenteritis

New research has found a link between popular heartburn drugs and an increase in the risk of infectious gastroenteritis -- an illness that results in 13.1 million lost days of work in Australia a year. [More]
Researchers unravel bacterial protein structure that could pave way for new antibiotics

Researchers unravel bacterial protein structure that could pave way for new antibiotics

Bacterial cells have an added layer of protection, called the cell wall, that animal cells don't. Assembling this tough armor entails multiple steps, some of which are targeted by antibiotics like penicillin and vancomycin. [More]
Folic acid supplements can reduce risk of having pregnancy affected by neural tube defects

Folic acid supplements can reduce risk of having pregnancy affected by neural tube defects

Despite the mandatory addition of folic acid to enriched grain products in the United States, many women still do not consume adequate amounts of this important vitamin, according to an editorial written by Laura E. Mitchell, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. [More]
Antidepressant use doubles hip fracture risk among elders with Alzheimer's disease

Antidepressant use doubles hip fracture risk among elders with Alzheimer's disease

Antidepressant use nearly doubles the risk of hip fracture among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. [More]

Non-destructive screening method enables quick, safe identification of pharmaceutical tablet properties

Information on significant properties of pharmaceutical tablets, such as their mechanical strength and dissolution, can now be obtained without resorting to the conventional, time-consuming and destructive testing methods, according to a new study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. [More]
NCI launches new drug formulary to help expedite use of agents in clinical studies

NCI launches new drug formulary to help expedite use of agents in clinical studies

The National Cancer Institute today launched a new drug formulary (the "NCI Formulary") that will enable investigators at NCI-designated Cancer Centers to have quicker access to approved and investigational agents for use in preclinical studies and cancer clinical trials. [More]
Risky opioid prescribing rates drop after new VA initiative, study finds

Risky opioid prescribing rates drop after new VA initiative, study finds

Fewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a national initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, a new study finds. [More]
Antibiotics targeting brain’s inflammatory response may exacerbate cognitive deficits in children

Antibiotics targeting brain’s inflammatory response may exacerbate cognitive deficits in children

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of disability and death in infants and children in the United States, with more than half a million affected annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [More]

Researchers develop performance measures to help hospitals improve warfarin management in patients

New performance measures have been developed for patients on warfarin that may save lives and money. [More]
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