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Over 10% of medical products substandard or fake – WHO

An estimated 1 in 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, according to new research from the World Health Organisation (WHO). This means that people are taking medicines that fail to treat or prevent disease. Not only is this a waste of money for individuals and health systems that purchase these products, but substandard or falsified medical products can cause serious illness or even death. “Substandard and falsified medicines particularly affect the most vulnerable communities,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said in…

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Aspirin may strengthen anti-cancer drugs

Adding aspirin to a particular cancer medication increases its effectiveness against some cancers. These latest findings offer hope for individuals with certain difficult-to-treat cancers. Aspirin offers a new approach to cancer treatment. Finding a “cure” for cancer is the Holy Grail of medical research. However, a single catch-all solution is unlikely; cancer comes in many shapes and forms. Each type of cancer involves different cell types and cellular environments, mutations in a range of genes, and alterations to the way specific cells function; this makes understanding and treating cancer a…

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Drugmaker’s ties to nonprofits pose ‘conflict of interest’

A leading advocacy group for Alzheimer’s patients has stopped accepting funding from a Southern California drugmaker following a CNN investigation into the company that sparked a government probe. The CNN report on Avanir Pharmaceuticals showed that its drug Nuedexta has not been extensively studied among the elderly and may be unnecessary or even unsafe for them. Nuedexta, which treats a rare laughing and crying disorder known as pseudobulbar affect, or PBA, is not approved to treat dementia patients unless they also suffer from PBA. Yet Avanir’s financial success has been…

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How Iodine Deficiency Increases Your Risk for Chronic Illnesses

Iodine is essential to your health. Unfortunately, data collected by the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has revealed a significant drop in median urine iodine values. The median iodine level measured in urine samples was 320 micrograms per liter (mcg/L) between 1971 and 1974. By 1988, it dropped to 145 mcg/L. Surveys taken in the years since show levels have stabilized, except in pregnant women whose median urine level dropped further to 125 mcg/L. Many people don’t know they need to consume a little iodine each day to…

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Maternal Use of Acetaminophen Linked to ADHD in Offspring Link seen after adjustment for maternal use before pregnancy, familial risk for ADHD

Maternal use of acetaminophen in pregnancy is associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in offspring, according to a study published online Oct. 30 in Pediatrics. Eivind Ystrom, Ph.D., from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, and colleagues examined the association of maternal use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and of paternal use before pregnancy with ADHD in offspring. Diagnoses were obtained for 112,973 offspring from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, including 2,246 with ADHD. The researchers identified a modest association between any prenatal maternal use of acetaminophen in…

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Alzheimer’s nutrient drink falters in clinical trial

There is no good evidence that a nutrient drink being sold online in the UK to “help” people with early Alzheimer’s actually slows the disease, say experts. Latest trial results in patients who took Souvenaid did not find it preserves memory and thinking. The authors say in Lancet Neurology that bigger studies are needed to show if the product can work as hoped. And consumers should be aware that the £3.49 per bottle drink “is not a cure”. Manufacturer Nutricia says its drink should only be taken under the direction…

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Type 2 diabetes breakthrough: Scientists create first pill that not only STOPS the condition in its tracks but also helps patients lose weight – and it could be available on the NHS within 3 years

Scientists have created a new pill that can halt type 2 diabetes in its tracks and help patients shed pounds from their waistlines, a major study has revealed. Results from a human trial of 632 patients found semaglutide allowed 71 per cent of them to shed pounds – it is believed this is the first type 2 diabetes pill to instigate weight loss. Researchers hope semaglutide will offer a better way to control the hidden killer, as some treatments currently available can trigger unexpected weight gain which fuels type 2…

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Type 2 diabetes breakthrough: Scientists create first pill that not only STOPS the condition in its tracks but also helps patients lose weight – and it could be available on the NHS within 3 years

Scientists have created a new pill that can halt type 2 diabetes in its tracks and help patients shed pounds from their waistlines, a major study has revealed. Results from a human trial of 632 patients found semaglutide allowed 71 per cent of them to shed pounds – it is believed this is the first type 2 diabetes pill to instigate weight loss. Researchers hope semaglutide will offer a better way to control the hidden killer, as some treatments currently available can trigger unexpected weight gain which fuels type 2…

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Many College Students Believe Stimulants Can Boost Grades

  More frequent use of alcohol, marijuana also tied to increased likelihood of prescription stimulant use. More than one-quarter of college students report believing that nonmedical use of prescription stimulants (NPS) can improve academic performance, according to a study published in the January 2018 issue of Addictive Behaviors. Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D., from the University of Maryland in College Park, and colleagues conducted an online survey among 6,962 demographically diverse students from nine U.S. colleges and universities in the 2015-1016 academic year to document the prevalence of perceived academic benefit…

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First Lady leads fight against Anemia

An initiative to supply iron and folic acid to girls the National Girls Folic Acid Tablet Supplementation (GIFTS) has been launched in Sunyani. The initiative is to supply iron and folic acid supplement to about 360,000 adolescent girls across the country. The launching of the programme which took place at the Jubilee Park in Sunyani attracted, traditional rulers, politicians, directors of education, heads of schools and Municipal and District Chief Executives. The First lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo launching the initiative called for support from all stakeholders to ensure the sustainability…

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