Study finds 1 in 5 hospitalized adults suffer side effects from prescribed antibiotics

Public Release: 14-Jun-2017   Infectious disease experts say nearly a fifth of prescriptions were unnecessary Johns Hopkins Medicine A study examining the impact of antibiotics prescribed for nearly 1500 adult patients admitted to The Johns Hopkins Hospital found that adverse side effects occurred in a fifth of them, and that nearly a fifth of those…

Unpublished trial data show side effects of a key MS drug increase secondary autoimmune diseases by 50%

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017 Previously unpublished trial data explain effects and side effects of key MS drug Through a Freedom of Information request to the European Medicines Agency, researchers from Queen Mary University of London gained access to the phase III trial datasets of Alemtuzumab Queen Mary University of London Alemtuzumab is a highly effective drug…

Rotavirus vaccine increases the risk of the intestines folding, there is a better way to vaccinate

Public Release: 22-May-2017 Rotavirus vaccination in infants and young children Slightly increased risk of intussusception Deutsches Aerzteblatt International COLOGNE. Rotaviruses (RV) are the commonest cause of diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide. To protect against rotavirus infection, in 2013 the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO, Ständige Impfkommission) in Germany recommended rotavirus vaccination for all…

Study: ‘Moral enhancement’ technologies are neither feasible nor wise

Public Release: 16-May-2017 North Carolina State University A recent study by researchers at North Carolina State University and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) finds that “moral enhancement technologies” — which are discussed as ways of improving human behavior – are neither feasible nor wise, based on an assessment of existing research into these technologies.…

Common antibiotics linked to increased risk of miscarriage

Public Release: 1-May-2017   Canadian Medical Association Journal   Many classes of common antibiotics, such as macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides and metronidazole, were associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, according to a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Erythromycin was not associated with increased risk nor was nitrofurantoin,…

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) damages memory and coordination, exercise can help recover

Public Release: 26-Apr-2017 Resistance exercises recover motor and memory impairment caused by flavor enhancer The Physiological Society A study in rats, published in Experimental Physiology, showed that resistance exercise recovers memory and motor impairment caused by the flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an additive that mimics umami flavour, the fifth taste aside…

‘Alarmingly high’ risk of death for people with opioid use disorder in general medical care

Public Release: 24-Apr-2017 Wolters Kluwer Health April 24, 2017 – Almost one-fifth of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a large healthcare system died during a four-year follow-up period, reports a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). The journal is published by…

How to hack a cell

Public Release: 4-Apr-2017   Boston University engineer programs living cells Boston University College of Engineering   The human body is made up of trillions of cells, microscopic computers that carry out complex behaviors according to the signals they receive from each other and their environment. Synthetic biologists engineer living cells to control how they behave…

‘Harmless’ painkillers associated with up to 50% increased risk of cardiac arrest

Public Release: 15-Mar-2017 Researchers advise avoiding diclofenac and limiting ibuprofen to 1200 mg per day European Society of Cardiology Sophia Antipolis, 15 March 2017: Painkillers considered harmless by the general public are associated with increased risk of cardiac arrest, according to research published today in the March issue of European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy.1…

Popular heartburn drugs linked to gradual yet ‘silent’ kidney damage

Public Release: 22-Feb-2017   Most patients don’t experience acute kidney problems beforehand Washington University in St. Louis   Caption Taking popular heartburn medication for prolonged periods may lead to serious kidney damage, even in people who show no signs of kidney problems, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and…

Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function, titanium dioxide

Public Release: 16-Feb-2017   Small intestinal cells hindered by chronic exposure to common food additive Binghamton University   Caption Researchers exposed a small intestinal cell culture model to the physiological equivalent of a meal’s worth of titanium oxide nanoparticles — 30 nanometers across — over four hours (acute exposure), or three meal’s worth over five…