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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drugs manufacturing: Good practice check list

ISLAMABAD: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has decided to issue new Good Manufacturing Practice check list to ensure quality of manufactured drugs. The decision was taken during the 254th meeting of Central Licensing Board of the Authority in Islamabad. The board also approved New Drug Manufacturing Licenses to three new companies, additional Manufacturing Sections…

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UK survey finds 28,000 plant species for medical use

LONDON: More than 28,000 species of plants around the world have a medical use but poor documentation means people are not making the most of the health benefits, according to a survey released on Thursday. Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London recorded 28,187 species in its latest annual survey and said it was…

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Currency drop hits Egypt’s medicine supplies, angering public

CAIRO: Pharmacies across Egypt are running short of medicines, some of them life-savers, as a plunge in the value of the Egyptian pound coupled with strict government price caps has made scores of products unprofitable to produce or import.

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Excessive Use of Antibiotics — Causes and Consequences

  With every passing day, fever, flu and sore throat was spreading in the city. It was the impact of the climate and to some degree viral as well. Aftab likewise encountered the same indications. Instead of visiting doctor, he went to nearby pharmacy and purchased a set of medicine which he considered very effective…

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Paracetamol ‘not effective’ against arthritis: study

PARIS: Paracetamol, a common over-the-counter pain-reliever, does not work in the treatment of osteoarthritis, a joint disorder afflicting tens of millions of elderly people, according to a study released Friday. When taken on its own to alleviate pain or enhance mobility, the drug was found to be only marginally — and insignificantly — better than…

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Factfile on Nobel anti-malaria drug artemisin

PARIS: A frontline drug in the fight against malaria, artemisinin has a history going back many centuries, for it traces its past to ancient Chinese medicine. Tu Youyou, who helped discover its therapeutic treasures in lab work at the height of China’s Cultural Revolution, was honoured on Monday with the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine….

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‘Gifts’ from Chinese herbal medicine

PARIS: Derived from a herb used to treat fevers some 1,700 years ago, the anti-malaria drug artemisinin is one of many treatments plucked from the treasure chest of ancient Chinese medicine and repackaged for a modern age. The compound revolutionised cures for a killer disease for which drug resistance is a major problem, and is…

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Recent winners of Nobel Medicine Prize

STOCKHOLM: Here is a list of the winners of the Nobel Medicine Prize over the past 10 years, following the latest award on Monday: 2015: William Campbell (US citizen born in Ireland) and Satoshi Omura (Japan), Tu Youyou (China) for their discoveries of treatments against parasites. 2014: John O’Keefe (Britain, US), Edvard Moser and May-Britt…

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Chinese herbal expert among Nobel medicine prize winners

STOCKHOLM: A trio of scientists earned the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine for unlocking revolutionary treatments for malaria and roundworm, helping to roll back two parasitic diseases that blight millions of lives. Tu Youyou of China won half of the award for her work on artemisinin, an anti-malarial drug based on ancient Chinese herbal medicine,…

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Lifespans of 150 years or more…not far from the rich

NEW YORK: Could the one percent soon get to live twice as long as the rest of us – maybe even forever? Immortality may not be in the cards just yet, but exponential breakthroughs in technology and medicine will make possible lifespans of 150 years or more, according to Ken Dychtwald. Dychtwald, a pioneering expert…

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