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Irish hospital to use new, rapid test for Meningitis

Irish hospital to use new, rapid test for Meningitis

An A&E department of a hospital in Northern Ireland has announced that is will soon start using a new test for meningitis to accelerate diagnosis and save more lives. The devastating meningitis infection can kill a high-risk patient within hours but the existing way to positively identify it takes nearly a couple of days.

Luckily, the new test for meningitis called "Lamp" (Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification) that the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children is going to use will give results in less than 60 minutes.

Ecstasy ingredient MDMA granted ‘Breakthrough Therapy Designation’ status

Ecstasy ingredient MDMA granted ‘Breakthrough Therapy Designation’ status

Supporting the need for medical research on psychedelic substances, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted the ecstasy ingredient MDMA "Breakthrough Therapy Designation" status.

The term of “Breakthrough Therapy Designation” means that the federal agency will expedite the development as well as review of the ecstasy drug. This status is granted to those substances that are projected to treat a grave or life-threatening health condition.

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Anti-inflammatory drugs can cut risk of heart attacks: Study

Anti-inflammatory drugs can cut risk of heart attacks: Study

A new study by a team of health experts from Brigham & Women’s Hospital has suggested that anti-inflammatory drugs can significantly slash the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The team examined nearly 10,000 patients and found that the anti-inflammatory drug canakinumab was able to reduce the risk of a repeated heart attack among patients by 15 per cent.

Four cups of coffee daily can lower risk of death: Study

Four cups of coffee daily can lower risk of death: Study

Many research projects have been conducted to check impact of coffee consumption on human health till date. A new research has informed that people who consume at least four cups of coffee daily have significantly lower risk of death than others who don’t consume or consume lower amount of coffee per day.

A team of researchers at the Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, examined thousands of people’s consumption of coffee and its effects on health. They were surprised to find that higher consumption of coffee can lower the risk of death.

Researchers find link between high doses of vitamin B and lung cancer risk

Researchers find link between high doses of vitamin B and lung cancer risk

Vitamin B provides protection against diseases but it is a “double-edged sword” as taking this vitamin in high doses may increase risk of lung cancer, according to a new study. Various researches have proved the health benefits of Vitamin B6 and B12, but the new study of more than 77,000 Americans revealed a link between its high doses and lung cancer. However, the risk was found only among men, not women.

Eye test may forecast Alzheimer’s risk Two decades before symptoms emerge

Eye test may forecast Alzheimer’s risk Two decades before symptoms emerge

A new study by a team of American researchers claims that an eye test can predict the devastating Alzheimer's disease as many as twenty years before its symptoms emergence. Led by Dr. Maya Koronyo-Hamaoui from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said that their study suggested that a person’s retina might serve as a trustworthy source for diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

After making a comparison between their results and brain scans, they found that the eye test was as successful at detecting those with double the quantity of plaque build-up in their brains.

Ironwood Pharma’s gout drug gets FDA’s approval

Ironwood Pharma’s gout drug gets FDA’s approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ironwood Pharmaceuticals oral drug to treat a condition characterized by too much uric acid in blood in patients with gout.

Duzallo is a fixed-dose oral combination of lesinurad and allopurinol that is used to treat hyperuricemia in gout patients for whom target serum uric acid levels haven’t been achieved with only allopurinol.

AAP releases new guidelines for screening & treating high BP among Children

AAP releases new guidelines for screening & treating high BP among Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday released new guidelines in order to make it easier and more straightforward for healthcare providers to identify and manage high blood pressure (BP) in children.

The new guidelines, which aim to shed new light on defining normal and high BP in children and teens, mark the first update on the subject in more than a dozen years.

Researchers trying to develop better diagnostic test for Lyme disease

Researchers trying to develop better diagnostic test for Lyme disease

A team of researchers and microbiologists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) are trying to develop blood test for an early detection of tick-borne Lyme disease infection.

CDC researcher & microbiologist Claudia Molins said the test would use a "signature" of molecular patterns in the a person’s blood to help identify the Lyme infection by differentiating it from another tick-borne infection known as Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI).

FDA approves Pfizer's new blood cancer drug

FDA approves Pfizer's new blood cancer drug

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has given its approval for a new Pfizer medicine for use against a rare form of blood cancer, albeit with a boxed warning.

The FDA said Pfizer’s Besponsa medicine can be used to cure patients suffering a kind of advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare kind of blood cancer. By this stage, life expectancy for the patient declines to a very low level.

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