Saudi Arabian entrepreneur creates smart device to fight opioid crisis

Joanne Serrieh A 24-year-old Saudi Arabian entrepreneur has created a smart pill dispenser to help save lives amid an ongoing opioid crisis that has hit hard the US and various countries over the past 10 years. Yossuf Albanawi worked part-time at a rehab center, while a student at Wake Forest Univ


South Africa to launch advanced new HIV drug

Johannesburg - South Africa on Wednesday 11-27-2019 said it was introducing an affordable, cutting-edge drug to fight HIV in the country with the largest number of people living with the AIDS-causing virus. Hailing the new anti-retroviral drug as “the fastest way to reduce HIV viral load&rdqu


How do antidepressants affect intestinal bacteria?

By Leonard Manson  A new study reported by Medical News lists a number of bacteria associated with certain substances that interact with the nervous system and affect the likelihood of developing depression.   Recent studies support the role of intestinal microbiota on psychiatric sta


Xanax is being recalled in the U.S. over possible contaminant — is it still safe to take it?

Rachel Grumman Bender    The popular anti-anxiety prescription drug Xanax is being recalled over the “potential presence” of a “foreign substance,” according to a statement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mylan Pharmaceuticals has issued a nationwide re


Opioid crisis: Aberration, or logical outgrowth of for-profit US healthcare system?

By Helen Buyniski    Four major drug companies have reached a partial settlement over their role in the opioid epidemic, dodging a federal trial. The drug plague is less of an accident than an inevitable consequence of a for-profit healthcare system.US drug distributors AmerisourceBergen


The Conversation : This overdose-reversal medicine could reduce opioid deaths – so why don’t more people carry it?

Prodita Sabarini Forty-seven thousand Americans died of opioid-related overdoses in 2017 – similar to the number of deaths from car accidents and gun violence. That number could have been much lower had more people received naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid-related overdose. Nalox


Avoid daily aspirin unless your doctor prescribes it, new guidelines advise

For decades, a daily dose of aspirin was considered an easy way to prevent a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event. Then came a string of recent studies challenging that assumption. With this latest research in mind, a new set of guidelines to help people stay heart-healthy is advising


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