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Nobel Winner 'Unlocks One of the Secrets of Nature'

2 US-based scientists take home medicine prize for discovery of receptors for temperature, touch

(Newser) - "Exciting news" was delivered Monday to two US-based scientists. The Nobel Prize in the field of physiology or medicine has been awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian, cited for their discovery of receptors for temperature and touch. The winners were announced Monday by Thomas Perlmann, secretary-general of...

Judge Rules Hospital Can Stop Using Ivermectin

An earlier order required its use for a COVID patient in the ICU

(Newser) - An unusual medical and legal case involving the controversial drug ivermectin appears to be over in Ohio. A judge ruled on Monday that a hospital can stop administering it to a 51-year-old COVID patient in its ICU, reports NBC News . Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster Jr. wrote that...

Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to Trio Who Discovered Hep C

Honor for Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, Charles M. Rice is 'long overdue'

(Newser) - We've spent most of 2020 in a tangle with one virus , but now, advances regarding another are receiving their due accolades as Nobel Prize week kicks off. The prize for physiology or medicine was awarded to scientists Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles M. Rice for their "...

Companies Nationwide Are Suffering. Not This One

Procter & Gamble saw biggest quarterly sales in decades thanks to rush on home products

(Newser) - While many businesses are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic, one firm is seeing a surge—mainly because a good number of its products are household necessities in demand during lockdowns. The Wall Street Journal reports that Procter & Gamble saw its biggest quarterly increase in decades, with sales rising 10%...

Family Shocked to Get Grim News by 'Robot' Video

They were devastated by how the hospital handled it

(Newser) - Ernest Quintana's family knew he was dying of chronic lung disease when he was taken by ambulance to a hospital, unable to breathe. But they were devastated when a robot machine rolled into his room in the intensive care unit that night and a doctor told the 78-year-old patient...

Nasal Spray Derived From Party Drug Approved for Depression

Esketamine, for treatment-resistant depression, to be administered by experts

(Newser) - The FDA has approved a new fast-acting depression treatment derived from a party drug . Nasal spray esketamine from Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals contains an active portion of the ketamine molecule. As a generic anesthetic, ketamine or "Special K" is increasingly available for depression, but costs a pretty...

Theranos Founder Indicted on Federal Wire Fraud Charges

The rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes is a cautionary tale for young tech entrepreneurs

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors have charged Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes and former president and COO Ramesh Balwani with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud, reports the Wall Street Journal . They allege Holmes and Balwani defrauded investors, doctors, and patients out of millions of...

Dancing, Rapping Doc Facing Malpractice Lawsuits

Atlanta plastic surgeon is accused of unsafe, unprofessional procedures

(Newser) - Since-deleted YouTube videos of Dr. Windell Boutte dancing and singing around exposed patients in her operating room are sending chills throughout the patient community, reports CNN . The Atlanta plastic surgeon can be seen rapping, dancing while holding surgical instruments (minus gloves or mask), and cutting into an abdomen to the...

WHO: Clandestine Factories Making Fake Drugs That Harm

Agency found that fake or substandard drugs are big problem worldwide

(Newser) - While some people are getting sick, others are getting rich, NPR reports—and a new World Health Organization study reveals why. It's all linked to counterfeit drugs, notes the report from the WHO, which estimates one in 10 medical products in low- and middle-income nations is either substandard (licensed...

Girl's HIV Drugs Were Halted 8 Years Ago. It's 'Promising'

Researchers point to early treatment that can possibly lead to long-term remission

(Newser) - A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines—more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure. Her case was revealed Monday at...

Ancient Text by Father of Medicine Unearthed

Scientists say medicinal recipe attributed to Hippocrates revealed in Egyptian monastery

(Newser) - Hippocrates is considered the father of Western medicine, and now researchers in Egypt have found what they say is one of his original texts, reports National Geographic . The discovery came during restoration of the library at the ancient St. Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai, and it took some sleuthing....

FDA: Sorry, Camel Milk Is No Miracle Cure

California company gets a warning to tone down claims

(Newser) - One of the latest, pricey health fads is camel milk, and the FDA has made clear that it's none too pleased. That's because California company Desert Farms has been boasting that its product can cure (or at least mitigate) all kinds of ailments, from allergies to Crohn's...

Ghost Pepper Puts Hole in Man's Esophagus
Ghost Pepper Puts Hole
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Ghost Pepper Puts Hole in Man's Esophagus

Excessive vomiting tore a hole in his esophagus

(Newser) - The ghost pepper is one of the world's hottest peppers, with a Scoville rating of more than a million. So it might follow that you shouldn't ingest it in more than tiny quantities. And yet, the Journal of Emergency Medicine reports on the unusual case of a man...

Getting Pain Meds Can Be Difficult— If You're Black

Study finds disparity in how they're doled out

(Newser) - White people are roughly twice as likely to die from prescription painkillers as black people in the US; now a new study finds that they're also twice as likely to be prescribed them. It's just the latest finding to show that minorities are treated differently when it comes...

US Is Home to (Maybe 6) Secret Medical Warehouses

 The Feds Own 
 (Maybe 6) Secret 
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The Feds Own (Maybe 6) Secret Medical Warehouses

The Strategic National Stockpile is designed to counter threats to America's health

(Newser) - Search Google News for articles on the "Strategic National Stockpile" and you'll get a slim 1,480 , a low quantity befitting a program studded with secrets. The SNS falls under the auspices of the CDC, which was in 1999 given congressional funding in order to stockpile what now...

Hospitals Toss $3B a Year in Cancer Drugs

Non-cancer drugs can be culprits, too

(Newser) - Some cancer drugs are barely wasted at all. Teva Pharmaceuticals' Treanda, used to treat leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, comes in four separate dosage packages, so only 1% of the drug is typically thrown away. But with 18 of the top 20 cancer drugs sold in only one or two...

New Killer to Top Cancer by 2050—and We're to Blame

Medicine-resistant infections will spike dramatically: study

(Newser) - We've already been warned about an "antibiotic apocalypse." Now a new study says medicine-resistant infections will take more lives annually than cancer does by 2050 unless action is taken, CNBC reports. According to the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance , deaths caused by drug resistance will rise from 700,...

Ancient Potion May Kill Modern Superbug

In study, old eye salve kills 90% of MRSA bacteria in mice

(Newser) - Could one of the world's oldest medical textbooks hold the secret to destroying today's antibiotic-resistant superbugs? A new study suggests it's possible, reports the BBC . After perusing remedies in a 9th- or 10th-century manuscript known as Bald's Leechbook in the British Library, researchers from Nottingham University...

On Blackbeard's Ship: Syphilis Syringe, Rectal Pump
 On Blackbeard's Ship: 
 Syphilis Syringe, 
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On Blackbeard's Ship: Syphilis Syringe, Rectal Pump

Medicine was important to the pirate

(Newser) - The wreckage of the pirate Blackbeard's ship has yielded some fascinating finds, from swords to cannons . Some of the "treasure," however, offers a look at a very different side of his crew's life. Researchers have discovered an array of medical artifacts on the ship, called the...

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...

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