Drugs

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study examined the association between social networking patterns and substance use in young adolescents. One of the most disconcerting topics in mental health is the problem of addiction in children and young adults. Substance use disorders, including the use of drugs and alcohol, are an especially
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A study published in Nature Communications examines whether the mode of pregnancy delivery affects the gut microbiome development of babies. The natural birth process can be messy, stressful, and long remembered by both moms and dads. However, there is an unexplained link between decreasing rates of vaginal delivery
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] There is a desperate need for a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study tested an anti-Alzheimer’s DNA vaccine in mice. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible condition that slowly degrades thinking and memory. It currently affects six million Americans, and that number will increase as the population ages.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers in North Carolina, USA tested a treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma that programs patients’ white blood cells to target cancer cells. Hodgkin’s lymphoma, also called Hodgkin’s disease, is a type of cancer originating from lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are white blood cells of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A new study on mice published by German researchers investigates the question: are miscarriages genetic? Miscarriages occur in up to one of five pregnancies and can be devastating for the woman who experiences the miscarriage and her partner. The cause of miscarriage is not well understood but is
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Canadian researchers utilized the lab-on-a-chip microfluidic technology to develop a new biosensor for real-time detection of pathogenic bacteria. Bacteria are all around us—in the air, on objects, and both inside and on the surfaces of the human body. They are so small that hundred thousands of them could
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Concerns are being raised about the clinical efficacy of off-label prescribing. McGill University researchers investigated whether off-label prescribing of a prescription drug is supported by rigorous research. Pharmaceutical companies developing a new prescription drug are motivated to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Patients at risk of an abnormal heart rhythm after heart surgery were injected with botulinum toxin, and researchers assessed the effects over three years. Up to 50% of patients can have an abnormal heart rhythm following heart surgery. In atrial fibrillation, a cause ofabnormal heart rhythm, the electrical
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers recently analyzed cigarette, alcohol, and marijuana use in teens by examining when they start substance use and which substances they try first. Teenagers often experiment with substances for the first time. While this gateway hypothesis is still being studied, the traditional sequence of trying substances starts with
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study, researchers examined whether Vitamin B12 is suitable for treating the pain symptoms in those with postherpetic neuralgia. Postherpetic neuralgia is a painful complication that occurs after a normally latent virus that resides in neural cells (specifically the sensory ganglia) is reactivated. This virus is
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study examined the relationship between endometriosis and infertility to determine effective fertility treatments. Compared to the past, women are now bearing children later and later in life. However, conception is predominantly affected by a woman’s age. After age 30, fertility rates start to decrease, and after
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers have discovered a previously unknown molecular target within estrogen receptors, opening new avenues for the development of breast cancer drugs. Current medications for breast cancer work by blocking receptors for the female sex hormone estrogen. Disruption of this pathway can slow down the progression of breast cancer.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] At the recent ESMO 2018 Congress, French researchers presented two studies investigating exercise and cancer treatment recovery. Cancer treatments are fatiguing, and recovering patients may feel they lack energy for exercise or sport. However, recent research suggests that it is important to keep physically active during cancer treatment
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers compared complications in patients following appendicitis surgery or antibiotic treatment for acute appendicitis. Many people think of acute appendicitis as meaning one thing – an emergency surgery where the appendix is removed before it bursts. In recent years, however, that association has been challenged. In uncomplicated cases
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers studied 1.5 million people to investigate the relationship between Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Increasing evidence from clinical trials and epidemiological studies suggests there is a link between Alzheimer’s and heart disease. The occurrence of the two diseases together is the most common cause of dementia in elderly
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers studied whether dapagliflozin for diabetes treatment could also have beneficial effects on heart disease outcomes. Diabetes affects more than 415 million adults worldwide and continues to increase in prevalence. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of other negative outcomes from cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] To help address the opioid crisis, surgeons in Canada decreased prescription opioids following surgery and monitored patients’ resulting levels of comfort. The opioid crisis is undeniable in almost all cities throughout North America. Multiple research studies have pointed the finger at prescription opioids, which is ironic to the
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In light of the escalating opioid crisis in North America, a recent study investigated whether equipping drug users with fentanyl test strips could decrease the risk of a drug overdose. Since the year 2000, the rate of opioid overdose fatalities has more than doubled in the United States.
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