New approach to treating chronic itch

New approach to treating chronic itch

Two receptors in the spinal cord and the right experimental drug: Researchers at the University of Zurich have discovered a new approach that suppresses itch. In a series of experiments in mice and dogs they successfully alleviated different forms of acute as well as chronic itch. For the latter, current treatment options are very limited. […]

Are 3 Blood Pressure Drugs Better Than 1?

Are 3 Blood Pressure Drugs Better Than 1?

People taking one blood pressure medication may reach their blood pressure goals more effectively if they instead take lower doses of three medications. That’s according to a new study in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The research raises new questions about what type of drug therapy is best for people with mild to […]

Yale study: Mapping tumors' genes doesn't improve survival

Yale study: Mapping tumors' genes doesn't improve survival

Photo: Contributed Photo / Yale University Dr. Cary Gross Dr. Cary Gross Photo: Contributed Photo / Yale University Dr. Roy Herbst Dr. Roy Herbst Photo: Contributed Photo / Yale University Dr. Roy Herbst Dr. Roy Herbst Photo: Contributed Photo / Yale University In 2018, it’s estimated that among U.S. women there will be 266,120 new […]

Scientists Accidentally Discover Drug that Prevents Weight Gain

Scientists Accidentally Discover Drug that Prevents Weight Gain

Glaucoma drugs have been shown to prevent weight gain in mice, according to a new study. The medication works by blocking a protein that typically allows the gut to absorb fat. After eight weeks, mice that received the medication didn’t gain weight while on a high-fat diet. A new discovery could make it possible to […]

New drugs so pricey they need new payment plans

New drugs so pricey they need new payment plans

With help from Paul Demko NEW DRUGS SO PRICEY THEY REQUIRE NEW PAYMENT PLANS — The FDA on Friday approved the first-ever RNA interference medicine — the latest in a rapidly growing series of gene therapies with six-digit price tags. Expect several dozen more within a few years. Story Continued Below Onpattro is now the […]

New hepatitis C drugs mean diseased organs can be used for transplants

New hepatitis C drugs mean diseased organs can be used for transplants

Unthinkable until a few years ago, the practice of putting hepatitis C-infected organs into uninfected patients has been embraced by the transplant world as a way to whittle long waiting lists for life-saving kidneys, livers, hearts and lungs. The main reason for this about-face is simple: New, easy-to-tolerate antiviral drugs with better than 95 percent effectiveness […]