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…

Unpublished trial data show side effects of a key MS drug increase secondary autoimmune diseases by 50%

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017 Previously unpublished trial data explain effects and side effects of key MS drug Through a Freedom of Information request to the European Medicines Agency, researchers from Queen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…

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…

‘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…

Antibiotics, not dirty hospitals, the main cause of C. difficile epidemic

Public Release: 24-Jan-2017   University of Oxford   The study concluded that overuse of antibiotics like ciprofloxacin led to the outbreak of severe diarrhoea caused by C. difficile that hit headlines from 2006 onwards. The outbreak was stopped by substantially reducing use of ciprofloxacin and related antibiotics. Inappropriate use and widespread over prescribing of fluoroquinolone…

Medications for heartburn and gastric issues could lower possibility of survival and recovery for cancer patients

Public Release: 15-Dec-2016 Avoiding over-the-counter heartburn meds could save cancer patients’ lives   University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry   IMAGE: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are very common medications for heartburn and gastrointestinal bleeding, decrease effects of capecitabine, a type of chemotherapy usually prescribed to gastric cancer patients. Credit: Melissa Fabrizio Something…