Thursday, October 29, 2020

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FDA Approves Remdesivir (Veklury) For COVID-19 Treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the approval of remdesivir (Veklury) for the treatment of COVID-19. Gilead Sciences is the manufacturer of remdesivir, which was initially invented for the treatment of Ebola. However, studies have found mixed results of the drug in treating COVID-19.

Canadian Psychologists Express Concerns over Mental Health Issues This COVID-19 Winter

Psychologists in Canada have been expressing concerns over a growing number of people with mental health issues this COVID winter. They think it would be dangerous if COVID anxiety turns into COVID depression. Experts advise people to take care of their mental health this winter.

Provigil and Nuvigil Likely To Increase Risk of Birth Defects, Finds Study

Two commonly used smart drugs or nootropics called Provigil (modafinil) and Nuvigil (armodafinil) have been linked to increased risk of congenital malformations in newborns, such as wryneck, hypospadias, and congenital heart defects. Researchers advise avoiding these drugs during pregnancy.

Nearly 50% of British Women Do Not Self-Examine Their Breasts for Potential Signs of Cancer

A new survey has found that 47% of British women do not self-examine their breast for any potential signs of breast cancer. Most women said they forget to do, while others said they were embarrassed to d so or they did not want to trouble their GPs.

AstraZeneca Resumes US Phase III Clinical Trial of Its COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

On Friday, AstraZeneca said it resumed the late-stage clinical trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. The trial was suspended after researchers reported a serious neurological disorder, called transverse myelitis, in one of the participants.

Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Not Designed To Tell Us If They Will Save Lives, Says BMJ Editor

The BMJ associated editor, Peter Doshi, has recently said that the ongoing Phase III or late-stage trials are not designated to tell us whether they will save lives. He also raised concerns over why the trials are not assessing the vaccine’s efficacy for severe COVID-19 infection and in the elderly, children, pregnant women, and immunocompromised people.


FDA Approves Sklice (Ivermectin) Lotion for OTC Use to Treat Head...

Arbor Pharmaceuticals received the FDA’s approval for Sklice (ivermectin) lotion as a nonprescription, or OTC, treatment for head lice. The FDA initially prepared Sklice as a prescription drug for head lice treatment in 2012. Recently, the FDA switched it to an OTC drug from a prescription drug.

UK Man Caught Selling Unapproved Viagra-Like (Kamagra) Pills

A man name Darren Absolom from Haverhill, England, has pleaded guilty and admitted to possessing and selling Viagra-like pills, called Kamagra. The drug regulatory body, MHRA, has not approved Kamagra to be sold in the United Kingdom. Like Viagra, Kamagra contains sildenafil, an erectile dysfunction drug.


Healthy Living

CDC Seeks Emergency Approval of Diagnostic Test from FDA to Detect 2019-nCoV

The CDC has been seeking for a special emergency approval from the FDA for its newly-developed diagnostic tool that can detect the mysterious new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which started in Wuhan, China, in December. The new diagnostic test would help the states to detect the virus.

Rethinking Intelligence Is Necessary, Says Author of Different Minds

Dr. Marlo Payne Thurman, the author if Different Mind, has posted an article in Psychology Today, explaining the importance of rethinking intelligence in order to develop a new education model for children. She explains that it is important to re-open discussions about intelligence again.

Scientists Discover a Mechanism That Could Treat Friedreich’s Ataxia

Researchers from Tufts University have discovered a molecular mechanism that could reverse the genetic mutation responsible for causing a neurodegenerative disorder called Friedreich's Ataxia. The researchers explained this could help develop therapeutic strategies.

Scientists Say Personality Traits Are Changeable

A study, which will be published in American Psychologists, has found that personality traits can be changed if you catch people at the right and by putting an extra-sustained effort. They can also be changed by major life events and persistent interventions because they account for important life outcomes.

Scientists Develop Device to Control Brain Cells Using Smartphone

Researchers developed a wireless neural device that could control and manipulate brain cells using a smartphone. The researchers explained that the wireless neural device could be used to speed up to uncover certain brain disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, pain and depression.

FDA Approves Samsung Bioepis’ Humira Biosimilar

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a biosimilar version of Humira, a blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, called Hadlima by Samsung Bioepis. In the United States, it will be commercialized by Merck & Co. Humira contains Adalimumab, the best-selling drug for rheumatoid arthritis.

Nerve Surgery Helps Paralyzed Man to Regain Movement and Function

Australian surgeons have successfully been able to perform innovative nerve transfer surgery on some paralyzed patients, which has helped them to regain movement and function. The surgeons performed the surgery on 16 paralyzed patients so that they can extend their elbow and hands to grab, open, and pinch.

Physicians Aren’t Advising Enough Smokers to Quit, Says US Surgeon General

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has revealed his detailed smoking cessation report in a press conference on Thursday. He said 40 percent of smokers are not encouraged to quit smoking by their doctors. In a detailed 700-page report, Dr. Adams mentioned the importance of counseling and medications when it comes to quitting smoking.

US To Screen Every Passenger from Wuhan for New Deadly Coronavirus

US health officials have said that they will screen every passenger coming from Wuhan, China, for a new respiratory virus, which has affected at least 45 people and killed two. The officials will screen all passengers at the three airports upon their arrival. If anyone is suspected, further testing will be done.

Lung Illness Related To Vaping Started Much Earlier Than Reported

Two studies, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have found that e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) was surfaced as early as January 2017, long before June 2019, when the outbreak began, and the key culprit is vitamin E acetate found in vaping products.

Mumps Outbreak Reported On the University Of Arkansas Campus

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported that there has been a major mumps outbreak on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Health officials reported nine mumps cases at the university during the fall 2019 semester. More than 300 students were found to had their first dose of MMR vaccine.

Why U.S. Is Facing A Surge In STD Cases?

In 2018, the number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases has significantly increased in the United States. Health officials have identified a few factors responsible for causing the surge in STDs, such as lack of access to health care, poor public health infrastructure, poverty, drug use, the stigma of STDs, and a decline in condom use.

Deadly EEE Virus Confirmed in Poconos, Pennsylvania

Health officials in Pennsylvania have confirmed a deadly virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Monroe and Carbon Counties. The virus has been found in a pheasant and two horses, which can spread through mosquitoes in birds, animals, and humans. EEE is a rare but deadly virus that causes inflammation of the brain called encephalitis.

Michigan State Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes

Michigan has become the first state to announce a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes after the state’s health department found that vaping has been declared as an epidemic and more and more young people getting affecting by vaping. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the ban on Tuesday, which has been implemented since Wednesday.

Study Finds 5G Networks Have Fewer Health Implications

A new study has found that 5G networks, which offer high download speed than 4G, have no significant impact on human health. The study researchers said 5G radiation is not that harmful that thought, and it is predominantly benign. However, the researchers said they need further investigations to dig deep.

Can Estrogen or Progesterone Help Treat COVID-19 In Men?

Researchers have been conducting two clinical trials to study the effects of female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, in men with COVID-19 patients. The trials are conducted on the hypothesis that women are less vulnerable to COVID-19 probably due to estrogen and progesterone.

UN Biodiversity Chief Calls for a Global Ban on Wildlife Markets

The United Nation’s biodiversity chief, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, has called for a global ban on wildlife markets or wet markets where animals are sold live or dead for human consumption. She said we can prevent future pandemics by banning the wildlife markets.

UK Furloughed Workers to Get 80% of Monthly Salaries under Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

All UK employers are set to entitled 80 percent of their employees’ monthly salaries under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The scheme is meant to safeguard furloughed workers who are affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Researchers Identify 109 Genetic Variants Linked to Mental Health Disorders

New research has found a strong association between genetic variants and eight psychiatric disorders. Researchers identified 109 genetic variants that are linked to autism, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, and Tourette syndrome.

Ro Online Pharmacy Plans to Test a New Prescription-Delivery Service at $5 a Month

Online pharmacy, Ro, will be testing a new medication service program that will allow the company to offer more than 500 generic medications at only $5 per prescription per month. The service will help Americans to get cheaper generic medications even if they do not have insurance.

Poor Diet Increases Risk of Anxiety Disorders

A new study has found that adults who eat a poor diet are at an increased risk of developing anxiety disorders. Also, other factors such as gender, income status, marital status, immigrant status, and several medical conditions have been associated with anxiety disorders.