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Key to Saving Lives From Snakebites Could Be a Pill

Matthew Lewin hopes varespladib, currently in clinical trials via Ophirex, will help buy victims time

(Newser) - According to World Health Organization stats, nearly 140,000 people die annually around the globe from venomous snakebites, with most of them succumbing to the snake's venom before they can get emergency assistance. A California doctor hopes his idea will stymie the Grim Reaper in many of those cases,...

FDA Has Big News on Postpartum Depression Front

Sage Therapeutics introduces fast-acting Zurzuvae, the first pill for condition afflicting new moms

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of women suffer from postpartum depression annually, and while the serious condition that emerges after childbirth often resolves within weeks, for other women, it can stretch for months, even years, and cause feelings that may even prove dangerous. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has announced a...

There's an Optimal Way to Take a Pill
There's an
Optimal Way
to Take a Pill
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There's an Optimal Way to Take a Pill

Do it lying down, on your right side

(Newser) - If your answer to "how do you take a pill?" is "with water," it may be time to make your process a little more sophisticated. Johns Hopkins University researchers explored how your posture when taking a pill impacts the body's absorption of the medication. It turns...

Scientists: COVID Pill May Be Right Around the Corner

At least 3 promising antiviral drugs used to treat the disease in early stages are in clinical trials

(Newser) - We've got the vaccine. Next up: the pill? That's what scientists are crossing their fingers on regarding COVID treatment, with at least three antiviral drugs in clinical trials that have the potential to be a "game changer," keeping the worst symptoms at bay in infected patients...

In Pizzeria's 25-Cent Toy Machine, Kid Finds ... Pills?

Police are investigating how prescription meds ended up in the machine

(Newser) - A mother's alarming Facebook post about a 25-cent vending machine dispensing medication instead of toys to her 7-year-old daughter has gone viral in the days before Halloween. Courtney Jones allowed her mother to give her youngest daughter, Allyson, three quarters at the Rochester House of Pizza in New Hampshire...

How Slim Shady Got Slim Again
 How Slim Shady Got Slim Again 

How Slim Shady Got Slim Again

The rapper takes to exercise like he did drugs

(Newser) - In 2007, when Eminem overdosed on prescription pills, he wound up in rehab and clocked in at 230 pounds. (He's 5-foot-8.) "I'm not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas," the 42-year-old Detroit native tells Men's Journal in an exclusive interview...

New Cure for Terrible Diarrhea: Frozen Poop Pills

Now available frozen

(Newser) - Might want to put down your sandwich while you read this one: Clostridium difficile, an infection of the intestines associated with terrible cases of diarrhea, is linked to some 14,000 American deaths each year. But researchers have found a promising treatment in the form of fecal transplants , in which...

Mixing Grapefruit, Pills Can Be Deadly
 Doctors Warn 
 of Mixing Pills, 
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Doctors Warn of Mixing Pills, Grapefruit

It can have lethal consequences, they say

(Newser) - Taking medication? You may want to think twice before digging into a grapefruit. A substance in the fruit can prevent the drugs from breaking down in the body, leading to dangerous—even deadly—consequences. Chemicals in grapefruit deactivate enzymes in the body that are supposed to break down the drugs;...

Pill Could Offer Seniors Years More to Live

But some experts call for more testing

(Newser) - A new one-a-day pill could offer 11 more years of life to 28% of people over 50, researchers say. The "polypill"—a combination of blood pressure-lowering and cholesterol-fighting drugs—could lower heart attack risk by 72% and stroke risk by 64%. On top of all that, it could...

Vitamin E Pills May Boost Risk of Prostate Cancer

Threat heightened even after men quit supplement, says study

(Newser) - Supplements we take for better health may actually be hurting us. Yesterday we learned that vitamins may carry an increased risk of death for women ; today's culprit is vitamin E, which may heighten the risk of prostate cancer. A study found that men who took the popular supplements faced...

Microchip Pill Will Keep Tabs on Users

Regulators worry about 'smart pill' data privacy

(Newser) - "Tattletale pills" that keep track of when their people are taking them are moving a step closer to reality. Swiss biotech firm Novartis AG plans to seek regulatory approval for a pill with a tiny embedded microchip that can transmit data to smartphones or over the Internet to...

New 'Spider Pill' Roams Body Hunting Cancer

Camera pill first to be fully remote-controlled

(Newser) - It sounds like something out of science fiction, but a tiny robotic spider could save your life. Scientists have created a pill-sized camera that, once swallowed, can deploy mechanical legs and roam the body looking for cancer or other maladies, the Daily Telegraph reports. The “spider pill” is controlled...

Dodd, Kill Yourself With Pills and Whiskey: Protester

(Newser) - Connecticut Republicans protesting health care reform outside a Chris Dodd event yesterday mocked the senator with references to his newly diagnosed cancer, reports Talking Points Memo. “How come we just don't give Chris Dodd painkillers?” one shouted. “Like a handful of them at a time! He can wash...

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