Scientists could build better drugs by learning from bacteria-derived molecules

Scientists could build better drugs by learning from bacteria-derived molecules

June 19, 2018 Bacteria found in soil may harbor a potential game-changer for drug design. A new study by Scripps Research, published today in Nature Communications, suggests scientists could build better drugs by learning from bacteria-derived molecules called thiocarboxylic acids. The finding comes from Ben Shen, PhD, and his colleagues on the Florida campus of […]

Opioids stole more than 500,000 years of life expectancy in this state

Opioids stole more than 500,000 years of life expectancy in this state

More than half-a-million years of life have been lost to opioid use in Ohio over the last seven years. About 13,000 Ohio residents died from opioid overdose between 2010 and 2016, accounting for 519,471 years of lost life expectancy, according to a new study by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health. Cuyahoga County, […]

US needs to invest “hundreds of billions” to fight opioid epidemic

US needs to invest “hundreds of billions” to fight opioid epidemic

The goal of an opioid is to reduce pain, but the addictive drugs are creating pain for millions of families suffering through the crisis. Deaths from opioid overdoses number at least 42,000 a year in the U.S., according to the Center for Disease Control. “This is an epidemic that’s been getting worse over 10 to […]

Plant that causes third-degree burns, blindness found in nearby states

Plant that causes third-degree burns, blindness found in nearby states

RICHMOND, Va. — Giant Hogweed, an invasive plant that can cause third-degree burns and permanent blindness, has been found in Virginia, according to researchers at the Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech. So far, there has been just one confirmed sighting of Giant Hogweed — in Clarke County, Virginia, but the dangerous plant also grows in New […]

Why more men are delaying prostate cancer treatment

Why more men are delaying prostate cancer treatment

When Ben Pfeiffer was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April, his urologist noted in the biopsy report that he was leaning toward recommending that Pfeiffer have his prostate surgically removed. But Pfeiffer, 58, a married construction supervisor from Las Vegas with two grown daughters, said his wife insisted that he get a second opinion. It’s […]

The CDC Says U.S. Teens Are Feeling More Depressed. But Why?

The CDC Says U.S. Teens Are Feeling More Depressed. But Why?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is out with an update on U.S. high school students’ health—and it’s a mixed bag. American teens are doing fewer drugs, but more say the feel depressed. High schoolers are also having less sex, but the ones who are less likely to use condoms than teenagers a decade ago. […]

A Person’s Risk For Depression Rises If They’re On These Medications: Study

A Person’s Risk For Depression Rises If They’re On These Medications: Study

A new study suggests that you should pay special attention if you’re taking any drugs that list depression as a side effect.  Roughly half of U.S. adults use prescription medication. An estimated 37.2 percent are taking medications for which depression is a possible side effect, according to a cross-sectional survey study published by JAMA on Tuesday […]

The best way to get someone to exercise? Pay them, says new Penn study

The best way to get someone to exercise? Pay them, says new Penn study

Do wearable step counters such as Fitbits and Apple Watches promote healthy exercise in people at high risk for heart attacks? No, says a new study out of Penn. But modest financial incentives can change that. In the study, physicians at the University of Pennsylvania and the Icahn School of Medicine used wearable step counters, exercise goals […]

What we eat at work isn’t healthy, CDC says | Don’t Miss This

What we eat at work isn’t healthy, CDC says | Don’t Miss This

(RNN) – Those little snacks you grab at work sure add up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study this week that followed the eating habits of Americans at their jobs. And let’s just say, they’re not noshing on celery and carrots when they go to the break room. “Our results suggest […]

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