Indivior indicted in US over Suboxone Film prescriptions: US Justice Department

WASHINGTON: A federal grand jury in Virginia indicted Indivior Inc on Tuesday for engaging in an alleged scheme to increase prescriptions of opioid treatment Suboxone Film by deceiving healthcare providers about the drug’s safety, the U.S. Justice Department said. “Indivior illegally obtained billions of dollars in revenue from Suboxone Film prescriptions by deceiving health care … Read more

Century-old bacteria from sick soldier offer clues to cholera epidemics

REUTERS: Scientists have mapped the genome of a strain of cholera extracted a century ago from a sick British soldier during World War One and found clues to how some cholera bacteria strains cause epidemics today. The bug – thought to be the oldest publicly available sample of the V. cholerae bacterium – was isolated … Read more

China reports new African swine fever outbreak in Xinjiang region

African swine fever is not harmful to humans but can be fatal to pigs. (Photo: AFP/Greg Baker) BEIJING: China said on Monday (Apr 8) it had confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in Xinjiang region, as the highly contagious disease spreads through the world’s largest hog herd. The outbreak in Yecheng county in the … Read more

New findings on the effect of Epsom salt: Epsom salt receptor identified: Salt with physiological effects

A team of scientists headed by Maik Behrens from the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich has identified the receptor responsible for the bitter taste of various salts. These include medically used Epsom salt. The discovery helps to elucidate the physiological mechanisms by which Epsom salt affects the heart or … Read more

Advances in deep brain stimulation could lead to new treatments: People with movement and psychiatric disorders could benefits from recent advances in DBS

A new paper published in Nature Reviews Neurology suggests that recent advances in deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson disease could lead to treatments for conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Gilles de la Tourette syndrome and depression. The authors of the paper, from the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), University of Geneva, University of Tübingen … Read more

Stillbirth threefold increase when sleeping on back in pregnancy

Research spearheaded by a University of Huddersfield lecturer has shown that pregnant women can lower the risk of stillbirth by sleeping on their side and NOT on their back. Now the finding forms part of official NHS guidance designed to bring about reductions in the number of babies who are stillborn in the UK — … Read more

Vitamins from Food — Not Supplements — Linked with Longer Life

Credit: Shutterstock There's some good and bad news about vitamins and minerals: The good news is that intake of certain vitamins and minerals is linked with a lower risk of early death. The bad news is that this link is seen only when those nutrients come from food, not supplements, according to a new study. … Read more

What can we do to keep people from gaining more weight?

Hold the soda, hold the fat shaming Telling people what to eat and what not to eat often backfires, but ‘Don’t drink soda’ is a clearer message, Harvard expert says During a plane ride, Sara Bleich watched a flight attendant take an overweight passenger’s drink order. The passenger asked for cranberry juice. “Cranberry juice is … Read more

Researchers discover neural patterns key to understanding disorders such as PTSD

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have identified for the first time an imbalance in a key neural pathway that explains how some people reactivate negative emotional memories. The finding could help scientists unlock new ways to treat psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The study, “Multiplexing of Theta … Read more

Empathy can help cooperative behavior ‘win out’ over selfishness: game theory study

Credit: CC0 Public Domain It’s a big part of what makes us human: we cooperate. But humans aren’t saints. Most of us are more likely to help someone we consider good than someone we consider a jerk. How we form these moral assessments of others has a lot to do with cultural and social norms, … Read more

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