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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

 

Almost every older person should be given cholesterol-lowering drugs, study finds

NEWS DESK: Almost every older person should be taking statins, a new study has found, reported The Independent. Millions of people in the UK are eligible for and would benefit from taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs, the research found. Almost all men over 60 and women over 75 should be taking the drugs, the research found….

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August 1, 2017

 

Ketamine has ‘truly remarkable’ effect on depression, reveals study

NEWS DESK: Ketamine can have a ‘truly remarkable’ effect on people with depression, researchers have said after a new study showed promising results among elderly patients, reported The Independent. Colleen Loo, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia, led the world’s first randomised control trial into the drug’s effect on people…

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July 26, 2017

 

You need not always complete full course of antibiotics: doctors

NEW DELHI: Is it important to complete a full course of an antibiotic? Yes, according to conventional wisdom, which says stopping a course mid-way could lead to drug resistance. However, several scientists have now challenged this claim, reported Times of India. In many situations, stopping antibiotics sooner is a safe way to reduce antibiotic overuse,…

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July 26, 2017

 

Advanced prosthetic arms developed by Pentagon set for sale

NEW YORK: Fred Downs, a 72-year-old Vietnam war veteran, remembers fighting back tears when he regained the ability to pick up objects with his left arm after a gap of 40 years. Artie McAuley, a captain involved in a serious car accident, smiles as he talks about being able to once more throw both arms…

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July 1, 2017

 
 
 
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