US indicts Indivior over Suboxone opioid treatment marketing

REUTERS: The U.S. Justice Department announced on Tuesday the indictment of Indivior Plc and a subsidiary on charges they engaged in an illegal scheme to boost prescriptions of the film version of its opioid addiction treatment Suboxone. An indictment filed in federal court in Abingdon, Virginia, alleged Indivior made billions of dollars by deceiving doctors … Read more

Electrical brain stimulation can boost memory function in older people

(Photo: Pixabay/The Digital Artist) LONDON: Electrical brain stimulation using a non-invasive cap can help boost older people’s mental scores to those of people 20 to 30 years younger, according to a study published on Monday (Apr 8). The research, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, found that age-related decline in working memory can be reversed … Read more

South Korean women hope for change to abortion laws

Protests against South Korea’s abortion laws have become increasingly vocal in recent years AFP/Ed JONES INCHEON: More than a quarter of a century after the first of her three abortions – illegal in South Korea – Lim is still haunted by her sense of shame. She was 24 and had a boyfriend, but neither was ready to … Read more

Telemedicine not ideal for kids with respiratory infections

(Photo: Unsplash/ PITTSBURGH: Children with acute respiratory infections were prescribed antibiotics more often when the doctor “visit” was via telemedicine instead of at a primary care office or an urgent care clinic, a new study shows. “We found that compared to primary care and urgent care, children with these acute respiratory infections who received care … Read more

Exclusive breastfeeding tied to healthier cholesterol in teens

(File photo: AFP/Oliver Bunic) HONG KONG: Babies who consume nothing but breast milk for their first three months of life may have healthier cholesterol levels by adolescence than infants who drink formula, a new study suggests. Pediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants until they’re at least 6 months old because it can bolster babies’ immune … Read more

Insight into use of critical care resources: No difference in outcomes detected between patients receiving noninvasive ventilation in intensive care units or on general medical units

A study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found wide variation in the use of different hospital units — intensive care or general medical units — to deliver a type of advanced respiratory support called non-invasive ventilation. The team’s report published in Critical Care Medicine found no differences in length of stay or in-hospital … Read more

Identifying the grass pollen that gets up your nose: First results of a major three-year project to analyze airborne grass pollen

Scientists could be a step closer to providing more precise pollen forecasts to the 25% of the UK population who live with either asthma or hay fever. This follows the first results of a major three-year project to analyse airborne grass pollen. The first year’s findings, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, have shown that … Read more

Pediatric telemedicine visits may increase antibiotic overprescribing

Children with acute respiratory infections were prescribed antibiotics more often during direct-to-consumer telemedicine visits than during in-person primary care appointments or urgent care visits, according to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh research reported today in Pediatrics. “In recent years, the use of telemedicine for acute, primary care concerns has increased among children,” said lead author … Read more

Harvard addresses student mental health with new task force

Provost convenes task force to address students’ psychological well-being Mario Small (from left), Emma Dench, and Matt Nock head up the task force on managing student mental health. A proactive response as student mental health issues increase at Harvard and nationwide This semester, the Office of the Provost convened a task force on managing student … Read more

High-dose vitamin D shows benefit in patients with advanced colorectal cancer

Vitamin D may slow progression of metastatic colorectal cancer Pixabay Encouraging results prompt planned evaluation in large phase 3 trial Results of a small clinical trial suggest that supplementing chemotherapy with high doses of vitamin D may benefit patients with metastatic colorectal cancer by delaying progression of the disease, say scientists from Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. … Read more

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