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Medicine supply falters across Pakistan due to coronavirus lockdown

Chemist association asks govts to relax restrictions on couriers

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March 26, 2020


Paracetamol might reduce your empathy, says new research

Large doses can also damage liver

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January 28, 2020


Medicine-filled containers being used to block Azadi March Karachi route

Goods transporters urge govt to release these containers

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October 26, 2019


Nobel Prize in medicine awarded for research on oxygen, cells

It was jointly awarded to three scientists

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October 7, 2019


You will need a prescription to obtain antibiotics in Islamabad

Govt takes action over the misuse of drugs

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April 30, 2019


FDA approves a drug to treat postpartum depression that only the rich can afford

Risks include loss of consciousness and abnormal oxygen levels in the blood

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March 21, 2019


California man told he’s going to die via video-link

His family is protesting the dehumanising treatment

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March 10, 2019


An Indian woman has been seeking treatment for a back injury in Pakistan 

She had fallen from roof three years ago

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November 10, 2018


US, Japanese pair win Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer therapy

The duo will share the Nobel prize sum of $1.01 million

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October 1, 2018


The drug regulatory authority is recalling heart medication that could cause cancer

The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has stopped nine companies from producing and distributing a drug used to control blood pressure and prevent heart failure because it may cause cancer. The authority says the drug, valsartan, has chemicals that may cause cancer and has also recalled it from markets. The move comes after the United…

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July 15, 2018


Scientists discover how breast cancer hibernates: study

Scientists have identified the mechanism that allows breast cancer cells to lie dormant in other parts of the body only to reemerge years later with lethal force, according to a study published Tuesday. In experiments with human cells and live mice, researchers showed that disabling the mechanism — with drugs or gene manipulation — crippled…

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May 23, 2018


Heart attack care dangerously unequal for women, study finds

NEWS DESK: Fewer women who suffer a heart attack would die if they were given the same treatments as men, a new study found, reported BBC. Researchers analysed the outcomes of 180,368 Swedish patients who suffered a heart attack over a 10-year period. They found women were three times more likely to die than men…

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January 8, 2018


Electroconvulsive therapy is still being used today – with mixed results

NEWS DESK: One early morning in April 1938, a team of Italian medical researchers readied themselves to do one of the most controversial things that medicine had ever seen. Tucked away on the first floor of a medical clinic in Rome, they would attempt to heal a mentally ill patient by applying a jolt of…

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December 18, 2017


Patients need rest, not antibiotics: health officials

NEWS DESK: More patients should be told to go home and rest rather than be given antibiotics, according to health officials, reported BBC. Public Health England (PHE) says up to a fifth of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary as many illnesses get better on their own. Overusing the drugs is making infections harder to treat by…

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October 24, 2017


Fearless surgeon who continued open-heart surgery in a quake

MEXICO CITY: When the ground started shaking in Mexico City on September 19, many people ran out into the street. Not David Arellano. In the middle of performing open-heart surgery on a newborn, the pediatric surgeon just concentrated harder. “The shaking was very violent, very intense. We had to hold down our equipment in the…

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October 21, 2017


World leaders urged to act on ‘post-antibiotic apocalypse’

NEWS DESK: England’s chief medical officer has warned of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” as she issued a call to action urging global leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, reported The Independent. Professor Dame Sally Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it will spell “the end of modern medicine”. Without the drugs used…

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October 13, 2017


In Puerto Rico, acute shortages plunge the masses into survival struggle

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico: Brian Jimenez had burned through dwindling supplies of scarce gasoline on a 45-minute drive in search of somewhere to fill his grandmother’s blood thinner prescription. He ended up in Fajardo, a scruffy town of strip malls on Puerto Rico’s northeastern tip, where a line of 400 waited outside a Walmart. The store…

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October 2, 2017


Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat lethal drug resistance, warns WHO

NEWS DESK: Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat the threat of deadly drug-resistant infections, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned, reported The Independent. The vast majority of the drugs being developed are modifications to existing kinds of antibiotics, which only provide short-term solutions, the health organisation said in a new report. Commenting on the…

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September 21, 2017


Boy who suffered up to 100 seizures a day has none in 300 days after being prescribed medical marijuana

NEWS DESK: An 11-year-old boy who was dying from severe epilepsy has not had any seizures for 300 days since being prescribed a medical marijuana product, reported The Independent. Billy Caldwell, whose intractable epilepsy means he cannot get help through medication or diet, began treatment with cannabis oil in the US, where medical marijuana is…

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September 8, 2017


Cholesterol drug reduces death in men without heart disease

WASHINGTON: A cholesterol drug reduced by 28 percent the mortality rate among men who had high cholesterol but no heart disease, according to new research out. In the longest such trial to date, spanning 20 years, researchers at Imperial College London found that 40 miligrams daily of pravastatin reduced deaths from heart disease in participants…

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September 7, 2017

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