A cheap off-patent drug that is commonly used for arthritis could be a wonder treatment for amoebic parasites that infect 50 million people each year, 70,000 of them fatally, a study on Sunday said.
Researchers say the U.S. approved more new medicines in less time than Europe and Canada in the last decade, challenging long-standing criticisms that the Food and Drug Administration lags behind its peers in clearing important new drugs.
Most clinical trials for cancer, heart disease and mental health are too small to offer adequate medical evidence, said a review of the U.S. database of such studies released on Tuesday.
Despite earlier indications that people taking cholesterol-lowering statins might have a reduced risk of developing melanoma, a study of thousands of women found that the popular drugs do nothing to prevent the deadly skin cancer.
Extracts from turmeric spice, known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, may help ward off heart attacks in people who have had recent bypass surgery, according to a study from Thailand.
A hand-held flashlight-like device can swiftly kill dangerous bacteria, offering a potential boon for emergency workers battling infection risks in wars or disaster zones, scientists reported on Thursday.
Negotiators from 135 nations sealed Wednesday a global deal to stem the illegal tobacco trade that could net governments US$50 billion more annually in tax revenues, the World Health Organisation said.
A family suffering from a rare genetic condition in which hair grows all over the face arrived in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu on Sunday for treatment of their “werewolf-like” appearance.
People who see images of their badly clogged arteries are more likely to lose weight and take anti-cholesterol drugs than people who don't see severe disease on a computerized scan, researchers said Saturday.
Three new studies published on Wednesday added to growing scientific evidence suggesting that taking a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent, and possibly treat, cancer.