A man with celiac disease felt sicker after starting a new drug, but it wasn’t a typical side effect. It turns out the pills were mixed with gluten the patient knew to avoid in food – but was surprised to find hiding in medicine.
A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental illness.
An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 – and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims on social media that scare parents.
Dozens of Dallas-area schools are among a growing number around the world that are teaching children how to spot the signs of depression in themselves and others. Government statistics show suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Americans ages 10 to 18. Experts hope such lessons will mean depressed teens get help more quickly.
Scientists think they have achieved the first gene editing inside the body, altering DNA in adults to try to treat a disease, although it’s too soon to know if this will help.
The top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia has filed suit to stop a nonprofit from opening a first-in-the-nation supervised drug injection site to address the city’s opioid problem.
A cancer-fighting gene known as the “guardian of the genome” actually promotes certain tumors, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego.
Samoana “Sam” Matagi, 42, is known on YouTube as the “No-Handed Bandit,” a moniker he bestowed on himself. Since he lost his hands in an accident, he has made dozens of how-to videos, entertaining step-by-step tutorials showing amputees across the globe how to tie a necktie, brush their teeth, drive a car or go rock-climbing.
They call them nonmedical exemptions, and the resurgent measles virus loves them.
Up to now, there have been conflicting studies on whether e-cigs help smokers kick the habit. The British study could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the regulatory debate in the U.S.
Fruit juice has been falling out of favor for its high sugar content and low nutritional value. Now parents have another reason to pull the plug: heavy metals.
Health officials now say they have confirmed 23 measles cases in Clark County since the beginning of the year.
DNA testing company 23andMe said it has the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to offer consumers a test for a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome.
Perdue is recalling more than 68,000 pounds of chicken nuggets because they may be contaminated with wood.
Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.
The therapists and exercisers I interviewed for this article say that group workouts tend to build stronger bonds than, for example, adjoining cubicles, while enriching men’s lives by introducing them to a wider range of potential acquaintances.
A new study from Penn Nursing suggests that, if you want to lose weight and keep it off in the new year, you might want to think about cutting back on drinking. The study, which was led by Ariana Chao, an assistant professor of nursing who studies obesity treatment and binge eating, examined how drinking affected weight loss among 4,901 people with type 2 diabetes who participated in the Action for Health in Diabetes study. That study compared weight loss for people who underwent an intensive lifestyle intervention that focused on improving diet and exercise with those in a control group. The people in the intervention group were told about the calories in alcohol and advised to decrease drinking to reduce caloric intake. On average, people in the intervention group lost considerably more weight during the first year (around 9 percent of total weight) than those in the control group, who lost less than 1 percent of body weight.
The device, which is smaller than a pea and made by Abbott Laboratories, can be implanted in babies weighing as little as 2 pounds. It’s designed to treat babies with patent ductus arteriosus – one of the most common heart defects in premature infants.
For the past few decades, forensic DNA matching techniques have been used to make direct matches between a sample taken at a crime scene and a suspect who has been identified in a database. “But if you didn’t get a match, the DNA couldn’t tell you anything else,” said Ellen Greytak, director of bioinformatics at Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company based in Reston, Virginia. “What we’re doing at Parabon is essentially saying: There’s a lot more information in DNA.”
With nearly 3 in 5 American adults taking at least one prescription drug, odds are your health insurer has steered you toward a mail-order pharmacy. And, if they haven’t, they probably will soon.
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