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CVS to limit opioid prescriptions to Seven days

CVS to limit opioid prescriptions to Seven days

Pharmacy giant CVS announced on Friday that it would limit the number of opioid prescriptions to seven days for certain health conditions. The new restriction, which will apply to patients new to pain therapy, is part of the company’s effort to help tackle the deadly crisis of opioid addiction in the United States.

In addition, it will limit the daily dosage of pain medication based on their strength. It will also require use of immediate-release formulations prior to extended-release opioids are dispensed.

Robot successfully performs dental surgery in China

Robot successfully performs dental surgery in China

Marking robotic technology’s continual progression in the field of medical science, a robot successfully implanted a pair of teeth into a female patient’s mouth all on its own in China.

The oral surgery, in which two 3D-printed teeth were implanted in a woman’s mouth, took place in Xian, Shaanxi. The whole procedure took an hour, and no human being took an active role in it.

The robot implanted the teeth into the patient’s mouth with a margin of error of just 0.2 to 0.3mm, which is standard with human surgeons.

Newly engineered antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Newly engineered antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

A team of scientists from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical firm Sanofi claimed to have engineered an antibody capable of attacking 99 per cent of HIV strains and preventing infection in primates. The antidote attacks three key parts of the deadly virus, making it difficult for the virus to resist its effects.

The International Aids Society (IAS) called the engineered antidote an “exciting breakthrough” in the field of medical science.

High blood pressure reasons differ by gender: Study

High blood pressure reasons differ by gender: Study

A new study led by the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Hypertension has revealed that reasons of high blood pressure differ by gender in teenagers as well as young adults.

Study author Catriona Syme, a postdoctoral fellow at the Toronto-based Hospital for Sick Children said blood pressure is mainly determined by three factors, viz. heart rate, stroke volume and the resistance to blood flow through the vessels.

Researchers find link between changes in brain chemistry and SIDS

Researchers find link between changes in brain chemistry and SIDS

A new study conducted by a team of researchers at University of Adelaide has confirmed that there is a strong link between abnormalities in a common brain chemical and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The researchers examined 41 cases of deaths related to SIDS and found striking abnormalities in chemical serotonin in the brains of the victims.

Serotonin, which is also known as 5-HT, is a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and many other parts of the human body. It plays several roles, including regulation of sleep and control of the cardiovascular system.

Low vitamin D levels linked to higher MS risk

Low vitamin D levels linked to higher MS risk

Deficiency of vitamin D puts a woman at a significantly higher long-term risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than those who get enough, according to a new research.

In a case-control study, an increase in serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D was found to reduce the risk of MS by 39 per cent, after adjusting for sample year, number of pregnancies and births, and the matching factors.

Artificial sweeteners could raise risk of developing type-2 diabetes: Research

Artificial sweeteners could raise risk of developing type-2 diabetes: Research

Consumption of artificial sweeteners in large amounts could significantly raise the risk of developing type-2 diabetes (T2DM), a new research revealed. A team of researchers examined 27 healthy volunteers who were given a quantity of two different NAS (sucralose and acesulfame-K) equivalent to drinking 1.5L of diet beverage daily or an inactive placebo.

The volunteers were asked to consume in the form of capsules thrice a day before meals over a period of two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, the researchers examined the subjects again.

Harmful particles in tattoo ink travels to lymph nodes: Study

Harmful particles in tattoo ink travels to lymph nodes: Study

A large number of people around the globe love to get tattoos on various parts of their body and in varying sizes. But one should be careful as a new study has warned that this particular form of body art could cause health issues.

A team of researchers from Germany and France examined data collected by the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) to study how ink used in tattoos travels inside the body.

PSA screening saves lives with early detection of prostate cancer: Study

PSA screening saves lives with early detection of prostate cancer: Study

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening significantly reduces the risk for death from deadly disease of prostate cancer as detection at early stage improves outcomes for patients, a new study claimed.

After disparities in settings and implementation were accounted for, two prostate cancer screening trials provide strong evidence that screening really decreases prostate cancer mortality rates.

Researchers develop camera capable of seeing through human body

Researchers develop camera capable of seeing through human body

A team of experts from Proteus EPSRC interdisciplinary research collaboration claimed to have developed a prototype camera capable of seeing through the human body. The camera that can see through the human body using light has been designed to help physicians track medical tools called endoscopes, which are commonly used to examine patients’ internal conditions.

Previously, it was not possible for doctors to track where an endoscope is located in the patient’s body. Sometimes they need to know such tools’ location to guide it to the right place.

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