Some benefits, potential risks with alternative medicines for heart failure

There are some benefits and potentially serious risks when people with heart failure use complementary and alternative medicines (CAM), to manage symptoms, so involving the health care team is important for safety, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published today in the Association’s flagship, peer-reviewed journal Circulation….

Expert comments on human health risks of current bird flu outbreak

As the world grapples with one of the largest recorded outbreaks of bird flu (H5N1 avian influenza) concerns have been raised in the media about the potential risks to human health and whether this is the next pandemic we should be preparing for. Professor John Edmunds, Professor of Infectious Disease…

Prunes may help prevent bone loss and preserve bone strength

In the United States, about 10 million adults over the age of 50 have osteoporosis, with women four times more likely than men to experience the condition, according to prior research. This is partly due to a decline in estrogen levels at the onset of menopause that results in the…

Whole genome sequencing helps team release the first Chinese population blood atlas

Whole genome sequencing technology can discover various known or unspecified viral sequences contained in human blood, which can provide an important database for viral infection prevention, vaccine development, viral genomic and epidemiological research. For example, numerous common cancers are associated with oncogenic viruses, including Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), hepatitis B and…

EU backs new Omicron vaccines for first jabs

The EU’s drug watchdog on Tuesday said two COVID vaccines targeting new types of the Omicron variant could now be used for people’s first vaccinations, and not just for boosters. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in September and October respectively against the BA.4 and…

Five things to know about the cost of insulin

Just a few weeks after Elon Musk completed his chaotic buyout of Twitter, a phony account posing as pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly—with the Twitter handle @EliLillyandCo, a “verified” blue checkmark and the company logo—tweeted: “We are excited to announce insulin is free now.” The tweet went viral, as did the…

How neurons autonomously regulate their excitability

Nerve cells can regulate their sensitivity to incoming signals autonomously. A new study led by the University of Bonn has now discovered a mechanism that does just that. The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology of Behavior were involved in the work. The results…

Countering pharma’s expensive gaming of the drug patent system

Biomedical innovation reached a new era during the COVID-19 pandemic as drug development went into overdrive. But the ways that brand companies license their patented drugs grant them market monopoly, preventing other entities from making generics so they can exclusively profit. This significantly limits the reach of lifesaving drugs, especially…