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E-Cigarettes 95% Safer? Not So Fast, Says Top Medical Journal

E-Cigarettes 95% Safer? Not So Fast, Says Top Medical Journal

The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals, has blasted a widely-publicized report that said e-cigarettes are 95% safer than regular, combustible tobacco. “Tobacco is the largest single cause of preventable deaths in England—e-cigarettes may have a part to play to curb tobacco use. But the reliance by PHE on work that the authors themselves accept is …

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Kim Kardashian Posted a Misleading Drug Ad on Instagram and Ran Afoul of the FDA

Kim Kardashian Posted a Misleading Drug Ad on Instagram and Ran Afoul of the FDA

Kim Kardashian has 42.6 million Instagram followers and nearly 26 million Facebook likes. So when she promotes a product, it’s a pretty big deal. Paid social media promotion is everywhere, as companies look to provide their products a lucrative endorsement from the rich and famous. Kim Kardashian is far from the only celebrity who rents out space on their social …

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3D Printed Drug: FDA Approves Its First, an Epilepsy Medication

3D Printed Drug: FDA Approves Its First, an Epilepsy Medication

Medical tech is a huge market where 3D printing is attempting to make a splash, and now we have another first for the industry. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved its first-ever 3D-printed medication. The drug is called Spritam, and it’s used in the treatment of seizures. Spritam is a “prescription adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial …

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The First Successful Penis Transplant Has Occurred

It took nine hours, but a team of surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in South Africa have completed the world’s first successful penile transplant. Well, the team pulled it off in December of 2014. But it’s now being deemed “successful” because a “long-term result was achieved.” The first attempt at a penile transplant happened back in 2006 in …

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Google Starts Returning Quick Medical Facts

Google is about to start displaying more medical information in its Knowledge Graph, enabling users to quickly search and retrieve important health info without necessarily having to click through to other sites. The company says it has been working with a team of doctors led by its own Dr. Kapil Parakh, M.D., MPH, Ph.D. to compile, curate, and review the …

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Mark Zuckerberg, Wife Priscilla Chan Give $75 Million to Hospital Where She Completed Residency

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have just announced a huge donation to San Francisco General Hospital. The couple is giving $75 million to the hospital, which is called The General, to expand the size of the ER and provide more beds for patients. “To add some specifics, our contribution today will allow The General to double the size …

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Dr Oz Slammed As Wrong Half the Time by New Study

Dr. Oz was already dealing with a recent appearance before Congress that put a dent in his believability. Now another study has come out that says the famous TV doctor is wrong at least half the time. The British Medical Journal study outlined 40 episodes from last year that included 479 separate medical recommendations. But they found that medical research …

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Jonas Salk Gets A Google Doodle On His 100th Birthday

Jonas Salk is the subject of today’s Google Doodle as the company celebrates what would have been his 100th birthday. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1995. Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist, who is credited with discovering and developing the first successful inactivated polio vaccine. He went to New York University School of Medicine, where he is said …

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Proposition 46 Debate Heats Up in California

In November Californians will have the opportunity to significantly change medical malpractice law in their state. Proposition 46 would raise California’s cap on non-economic damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. The state’s cap is currently $250,000, set in 1975 by the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act. If voted into law, Proposition 46 would raise the cap to around $1.1 million, …

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Alzheimer’s Disease Discovery Leads To Nobel Prize

Alzheimer’s disease studies have had a major breathrough with new information from Monday’s Nobel Prize winners in medicine. Their discovery of cells that act as the brain’s gps could have a serious impact on our understanding of how Alzheimer’s disease works, and therefore, how it can best be treated. British-American researcher John O’Keefe, co-winner of the 2014 prize with Norwegians …

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Antihistamines: Are There Better Options?

Antihistamines and decongestants are often the last line of defense for those poor souls suffering through seasonal allergies and colds. While the medicines that use these ingredients such as Claritin or Allegra boast effectiveness, sometimes there are some unpleasant side-effects to deal with. For instance, it’s commonly known that antihistamine medications can cause dizziness or drowsiness, if the medicine doesn’t …

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Plague Found in China, City of Yumen Sealed Off

Chinese state media reported Tuesday that the city of Yumen has been sealed off since last week, after a 38-year-old man died of bubonic plague. Yumen, which has a population of roughly 30,000, is situated in the northwestern province of Gansu, and is presently surrounded by police at roadblocks. No residents are allowed to leave the established perimeter, and travelers …

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