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Non-profit’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative

Exclusive: 71 million people stand to benefit from reduced price treatment for virus which can lead to liver cirrhosis, cancer and death. An affordable hepatitis C treatment has been shown to be safe and effective, with very high cure rates for patients including hard-to-treat cases, in interim clinical trial results that offer hope to the 71 million people living with the disease worldwide. The treatment is expected to cost $300 for 12 weeks, or $3.50 per day, in Malaysia, where trials were conducted along with Thailand – a fraction of…

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Experts Warn of Emerging ‘Stimulant Epidemic’

With the nation still reeling from the opioid crisis, drug forecasting experts say a new wave of addiction is coming and the United States isn’t ready for it. Abuse of stimulants like methamphetamine, cocaine, and even prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin is surging across the country, fed by cheap, potent, and plentiful supplies. “No one is paying attention to this,” said John Eadie, coordinator for the National Emerging Threat Initiative, which provides research to the government’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program. “Everyone, correctly, is focused on opioids and…

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How the abuse of Tramadol is ruining lives

The abuse of Tramadol is speedily becoming a global issue and if stringent measures are not put in place to resolve this, many people will lose their lives and more would end up in drug rehabilitation centres. A viral video reveals the dangers persons who abuse the opioid painkiller go through; a reason heath experts are warning against the abuse of the drug. Tramadol is a pain relief drug, which according to medical experts, functions like heroin and can cause psychotic problems as well as damage vital organs in the…

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Bleeding Cases Tied to Use of Synthetic Marijuana

The first known death in an outbreak of severe bleeding among users of synthetic marijuana in Illinois was reported on the weekend by state health officials. No information about the patient’s name, age or gender, or the county where the death occurred, had been provided as of Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reported. As of Saturday, at least 38 people in the Chicago area and central Illinois had been hospitalized for severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana. Three of those hospitalized tested positive for rat poison (brodifacoum). The health department said…

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FDA intensifies surveillance to curb influx, abuse of Tramadol

The Food and Drugs Authority [FDA], says it has intensified surveillance in the country in a bid to curb the smuggling of Tramadol, a prescription only drug into the country. According to the FDA, its investigation shows that most of the drug comes into the country through unapproved routes making it difficult for them to track its final destination. “Our investigations revealed that there are people, who were sourcing it from unapproved routes not from the pharmacy and hospitals. We have intensified monitoring at the ports of entry, trying to…

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Fetal Exposure to Epilepsy Drug Tied to Lower School Grades Later

There’s another study that finds that taking the epilepsy drug valproate while pregnant may take an intellectual toll on offspring. Children whose mothers took the anti-seizure medication during pregnancy appear to get lower scores on school tests, the new study finds. The U.K. researchers pointed to prior studies with similar results, and they recommend that women with epilepsy “should be informed of this risk, and alternative treatment regimens should be discussed before their pregnancy with a physician that specializes in epilepsy.” One specialist in the United States said that many…

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Trump Vows to Seek Death Penalty for Opioid Dealers

In a wide-ranging speech outlining his latest plan of attack on the opioid crisis, President Donald J. Trump emphasized the need for stricter law enforcement and the interruption of the drug supply. He also seeks the death penalty for dealers. “Unless you have really, really powerful penalties, led by the death penalty, for the really bad pushers and abusers, we’re going to get nowhere,” said Trump during a speech at Manchester Community College, New Hampshire, in which he announced the latest proposals. That state has been on the leading edge…

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First steps taken for vaccine pills

UK scientists have taken the first steps towards creating new vaccine treatments in pill form. The Cardiff team has made a prototype oral flu vaccine, which unlike standard inoculations does not need to be stored in a fridge or freezer. They hope it could pave the way for needle-free inoculations for lots of different diseases that would be easier to use in developing countries. However, they said more work was needed before it could be tested in people. Mimicking infection Traditional biological vaccines work by introducing a safe form of…

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Ibuprofen Linked to Men’s Fertility Problems

Taking the common painkiller ibuprofen has been linked in a small study with a condition affecting male fertility problems. Male fertility is dropping around the world and the researchers wanted to see if ibuprofen might be contributing to this. Ibuprofen Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug sold without a prescription for short-term treatment of pain, inflammation from injuries, and fever. Health professionals may recommend longer-term use. It is known to increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke if taken regularly in high doses for a long time. It has…

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700,000 Children Will Suffer This Severe Vaccine Side Effect

Sanofi Pasteur announced that its dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, may lead to more severe cases of dengue fever in some people — a warning it relayed after the vaccine was already administered to more than 700,000 children in the Philippines. Those at risk, according to Sanofi, are people who have not been previously infected by dengue virus. Their new analysis that evaluated long-term safety and efficacy of the vaccine revealed that “in the longer term, more cases of severe disease could occur following vaccination upon a subsequent dengue infection.” As a…

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