A new class of influenza drug has been shown effective against drug-resistant strains of the flu virus, according to a study.
A panel of advisers to the European Union's health agency has again rejected Vivus Inc.'s weight-loss drug for sale in Europe. Vivus, based in Mountain View, Calif., said that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use confirmed its October decision to decline an application to sell the drug under the name Qsiva.
For those 65 and older, this season's flu shot is only 9 percent effective against the most common and dangerous flu bug, according to a startling new government report. Flu vaccine tends to protect younger people better than older ones and never works as well as other kinds of vaccines.
Scientists have made important advances in understanding why our immune system can attack our own tissues resulting in eye and kidney diseases.
A new study identified a potential new approach for reducing problem drinking: A new family of drugs with the ability to manipulate DNA structure without changing it.
Cornell University researchers showed it is possible to create a replacement ear using a 3-D printer and injections of living cells. The work is a first step toward one day growing customized new ears for children born with malformed ones or people who lose one to accident or disease.
An antidepressant drug used since the 1960s may also hold promise for treating sickle cell disease, according to a surprising new finding made in mice and human red blood cells by a team of researchers.
Diagnostics maker Cepheid said Tuesday it will work with Oregon Health & Science University to develop tests that predict the risk of recurrence of breast and prostate cancer. Cepheid said it will work with OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute. The tests will run on the Cepheid GeneXpert system....
Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines. In 2010, there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths nationwide.
ASU's Cheryl Nickerson presented her research findings and charted the course for future investigations aboard the ISS at the 2013 annual meeting for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. read more
A team of scientists and surgeons are developing a new nasal spray from a marine microbe to help clear chronic sinusitis.
Researchers exploring the complex stream of cellular signals produced by the body in response to a traumatic injury believe the initial response– formation of a blood clot– may control subsequent healing. Using that information, they’re developing new biomaterials, including artificial blood platelets laced with regulatory chemicals, that could be included in an injector device the size of an iPhone.
In a study of mice, researchers have identified a new molecular pathway involved in the growth of tiny air sacs called alveoli that are crucial for breathing. The experiments may lead to the first successful treatments to regrow the air sacs in people who suffer from diseases such as emphysema, in which the air sacs have been destroyed by years of smoking.
Hip replacements are slightly more likely to fail in women than in men, according to one of the largest studies of its kind in U.S. patients. The risk of the implants failing is low, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery within the first three years. The message...
Shares of Pharmacyclics Inc. climbed to an all-time high Friday after the company said it expects to file for marketing approval of its cancer drug ibrutinib this year. If approved, it would be Pharmacyclics first drug for sale.
Scientists have developed a way to personalize chemotherapy drug selection for cancer patients by using cell lines created from their own tumors.
A new study to determine the effectiveness of rural lagoon systems found that sewage treatment lagoons remove most, but not all, of the pharmaceutical and personal care product and hormone contaminants from wastewater.
Researchers have discovered how a new class of antimalarial drugs, spiroindolones, kills the malaria parasite, showing that the drugs block a pump at the parasite surface, causing it to fill with salt.
Researchers have adapted natural mechanisms in living organisms to detect specific molecules, such as cocaine, more accurately and quickly. Their work may greatly facilitate the rapid screening of many drugs, infectious diseases and cancers.
Health care company Johnson & Johnson has been told to pay a Massachusetts teenager and her parents $63 million after she suffered a life-threatening drug reaction and lost most of her skin when she took a children's pain reliever nearly a decade ago. A Plymouth Superior Court jury Wednesday...
New evidence suggests that an otherwise promising class of cancer drugs may actually increase the risk of tumors spreading to bone, according to researchers.
Researchers “cured” a strain of bacteria of its ability to resist an antibiotic in an experiment that has implications for a long-standing public health crisis.
Researchers have released an improved version of an online decision-support tool that has helped health-care providers adopt universal standards to identify materials, locations and partners within the U.S. health-care system.
A team of researchers has identified a protein with broad virus-fighting properties that potentially could be used as a weapon against deadly human pathogenic viruses such as HIV, Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Nipah and others.
Young adults are often reluctant to seek treatment for mental health problems because of the stigma, inadequate insurance coverage and difficulty finding a mental health care provider, but a new study by suggests that depression symptoms may be significantly reduced when patients interact with computerized avatars— virtual 3D images of a healthcare provider like a nurse practitioner or physician— to rehearse office visits ahead of time and learn self-management skills.