Flu vaccine and booster fails to protect leukemia patients, yet still recommended?

Public Release: 16-Oct-2017 Flu vaccine failed to protect young leukemia patients during cancer treatment St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators said the results reinforce the importance of hand washing and other measures to help protect vulnerable patients from influenza infections St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Young leukemia patients who were vaccinated against influenza were just…

Common acid reflux medications promote chronic liver disease

Public Release: 10-Oct-2017   University of California – San Diego Caption In mice, some common acid reflux medications promote growth of Enterococcus bacteria (like those shown here artificially glowing red in a petri dish) in the intestines. These bacteria also translocate to the liver, where they exacerbate inflammation and worsen chronic liver disease. Credit: UC…

Drug, which once sold for $40 for a vial raise to $23,000 overnight

Public Release: 11-Sep-2017 Expensive drug driving up Medicare expenditures without evidence of greater efficacy Oregon State University PORTLAND, Ore. – Medicare spent more than $1 billion over a five-year period on a high-priced drug that has not been proven more effective for a collection of inflammatory conditions than much less expensive corticosteroids, research by the…

Medicaid patients continue high prescription opioid use after overdose

Public Release: 22-Aug-2017   The JAMA Network Journals   Despite receiving medical attention for an overdose, patients in Pennsylvania Medicaid continued to have persistently high prescription opioid use, with only slight increases in use of medication-assisted treatment, according to a study published by JAMA. For every fatal opioid overdose, there are approximately 30 nonfatal overdoses.…

Mystery surrounds the missing ingredients of the smallpox vaccine

Public Release: 18-Aug-2017 Seeking the secret ingredient in the original smallpox vaccine Publicase Comunicação Científica Smallpox is an infectious disease caused by variola virus that has killed millions of people over the centuries. The disease is characterized by the growth of innumerable bumps that cover the entire body of the patient. The disease is fatal…

A newly-developed hands-free musical instrument now allows people to make music with their minds

Public Release: 12-Jul-2017 Creating music by thought alone   Frontiers IMAGE: The Encephalophone is a musical instrument that can be played by the mind alone. Credit: Photo courtesy of the University of Washington. Neurologists have created a hands-free, thought-controlled musical instrument, which they’ve recently described in a report in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Researchers hope…

Sunscreen creams break down into dangerous chemical compounds under the sunlight

Public Release: 27-Jun-2017   Scientists of Moscow State University have found out that avobenzone decomposes into harmful chemical compounds Lomonosov Moscow State University   Caption Scientists from the Faculty of Chemistry of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have demonstrated in their research the nature of hazardous chemical compounds formed as a result of the breakdown…

More than half of all opioid prescriptions go to people with mental illness

Public Release: 27-Jun-2017   University of Michigan ANN ARBOR–Fifty-one percent of all opioid medications distributed in the U.S. each year are prescribed to adults with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, according to new research from the University of Michigan and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. “Despite representing only 16 percent of…

Popular prostate drug linked to serious side effects

Public Release: 22-Jun-2017   Boston University Medical Center (Boston) — Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with the commonly prescribed Avodart (Dutsteride) may put men at an increased risk for diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and worsening erectile dysfunction. Physicians should be fully aware of these new findings according to the…