Fundamental discovery may open potential for new types of cancer drugs
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  October 18, 2017  
  Pharmacy / Pharmacology  
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 Fundamental discovery may open potential for new types of cancer drugsFundamental discovery may open potential for new types of cancer drugs
 
Many approved cancer therapies target a protein called epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) that regulates many crucial cellular processes and can speed the proliferation of tumor cells.
 
 
 Want an IUD? Take note of Trump’s new birth control policy.Want an IUD? Take note of Trump’s new birth control policy.
 
The Trump administration's recently announced changes to health insurance rules have raised concerns among people wondering how they'll be affected. This week, I address some of the questions likely on people's minds.
 
   Lymphogranuloma Venereum Treatment and PrognosisLymphogranuloma Venereum Treatment and Prognosis
 
Lymphogranuloma venereum represents a sexually-transmitted disease caused by specific serovars L1-3 of the obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.
 
   New online tool offers opioid prescribing recommendations after surgeryNew online tool offers opioid prescribing recommendations after surgery
 
How many prescription pain pills should a patient receive after breast cancer surgery? Or a hernia repair? Or a gallbladder removal?
 
   Simultaneous Speciation of Arsenic and Selenium Species in Petroleum Refinery WastewaterSimultaneous Speciation of Arsenic and Selenium Species in Petroleum Refinery Wastewater
 
Selenium is an important trace element, but it is toxic if an excess is taken. Selenosis can occur when the tolerable upper intake level of selenium exceeds 400 mg per day. Elemental selenium, as well as most metallic selenides are relatively low in toxicity due to their low bioavailabilities. Selenites and selenates, on the other hand, are highly toxic, with a similar oxidant mode of action as that of arsenic trioxide.
 
 Study shows that endocrine disrupting chemicals alter sex ratio in Blanchard's cricket frogs
 
A study published recently in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry found that Blanchard's cricket frogs are highly sensitive to atrazine.
 
 
 Anthem eases up on premium hikes after state scrutiny
 
Insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross agreed to reduce two planned premium increases for 2018 after California regulators questioned the company's rationale for raising rates by as much as it had initially proposed.
 
 
 Psychedelics linked to decreased likelihood of criminal behavior
 
Classic psychedelics such as psilocybin (often called magic mushrooms), LSD and mescaline (found in peyote) are associated with a decreased likelihood of antisocial criminal behavior, according to new research from investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
 
 
 Social security giveth, medical costs taketh away
 
Social security giveth, medical costs taketh awayRetirees spent on average more than a third of their Social Security benefits on out-of-pocket medical costs in 2014, according to a recent study. Even after factoring in other sources of income, medical spending still took a substantial 18 percent bite out of seniors' total retirement income, the study found.
 
 
 Researchers identify several previously unknown antibiotic resistance genes
 
Researchers identify several previously unknown antibiotic resistance genesResearchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found several previously unknown genes that make bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.