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Health > Medicine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new commissioner is pledging to fully back efforts to develop harder-to-abuse painkillers, part of a sweeping government effort to reduce deadly overdoses tied to prescription pain medications.
 
People in Taiwan took around 339 million sleeping pills in 2014, the most in any year on record, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署) announced on Wednesday.
 
Australian lawmakers committed on Wednesday to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.
 
U.S. military members who are exposed to repeated blasts in a war zone may suffer permanent damage in parts of the brain that lend emotional stability, said a study Wednesday.
 
Approvals for first-of-a-kind drugs climbed last year, pushing the annual tally of new U.S. drugs to its highest level in 19 years.
 
More people died of drug overdoses last year in the United States than ever before, largely due to disturbing increases in prescription painkillers and heroin use, health authorities said Friday.
 
Mexican health authorities approved the first vaccine to gain official acceptance for use against the dengue virus, which sickens about 100 million people every year, mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
 
A gene that makes bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics has been found in Denmark, a new study has shown, after first being identified by researchers in mainland China.
 
U.S. regulators have approved the first generic version of one of the first very effective -- and expensive -- cancer drugs, Gleevec, which costs about US$10,000 a month.
 
Toil and trouble in China over Nobel medicine prize
China's Tu Youyou collects the mainland's first Nobel Prize for medicine next week for extracting an anti-malarial drug from a herb mentioned in a traditional text, but her award has prompted debate over the role of science in the practice.
 
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