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  1. News - World - MEDICINE

    British scientists close in on blood test for Alzheimer’s by identifying predictor proteins

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 08:55pm by Reuters

    ... years before patients are diagnosed. "Many of our drug trials fail because by the time patients are given the drugs, the brain has already been too severely affected. "A simple blood ... pharmaceutical firms are trying to get to the root cause and try to find treatments to halt its progression. But over the past 15 years, more than 100 experimental Alzheimer's drugs have failed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549722/british-scientists-close-blood-test-alzheimers-identifying-predictor
  2. News - World - MEDICINE

    Baby girl thought to have been 'cured' of HIV has tested positive in relapse

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 02:34pm by AP, AFP

    ... of HIV, has seen her infection return – in a setback to hopes that very early treatment with powerful drugs might reverse the infection. The four-year-old girl was born in Mississippi in 2010 ... despite stopping treatment. As recently as March, doctors had said that she seemed free of HIV despite not having been on AIDS drugs for about two years. That was a medical first. However, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1551881/baby-girl-thought-have-been-cured-hiv-has-tested-positive-relapse
  3. News - World - MEDICINE

    Scientists announce breakthrough in fight against antibiotic resistance

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 10:06pm by AFP

    ... "Importantly, we have demonstrated that the bacteria would die if the gate is locked." The discovery, published in the journal Nature, paves the way for new drugs to disrupt the building process, thus bringing down the cell walls. In April, the World Health Organisation warned the rise of drug resistance was allowing once-treatable diseases to once again become deadly. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1536319/scientists-announce-breakthrough-fight-against-antibiotic-resistance
  4. Lifestyle - Health - MEDICINE

    Chinese herb thunder god vine works better than drug in easing arthritis

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:53am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Chinese herb better than drug in easing arthritis A Chinese herb called thunder god vine is better than a widely prescribed pharmaceutical drug at easing ... already fired the interest of drug laboratories as they contain hundreds of compounds, including molecules called diterpenoids, which are believed to ease the inflammation and immune response. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1489465/chinese-herb-thunder-god-vine-works-better-drug-easing-arthritis
  5. News - World - MEDICINE

    US to bolster inspections of China drug production facilities amid safety concerns

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 09:57am by Reuters in New York

    ... Reuters in New York Increased export volume spurs enhanced US Food and Drug Administration safety inspections of pharmaceutical production plants in China The US Food and Drug Administration is increasing its oversight of Chinese manufacturers of pharmaceutical ingredients to improve the safety of the US drug supply chain, the director of the agency’s China office, Christopher ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1464508/us-bolster-inspections-china-drug-production-facilities-amid-safety
  6. News - Hong Kong - MEDICINE

    Doctor who prescribed drug knowing it could harm foetus gets suspended sentence

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 12:33pm by LO WEI

    ... drug A former medical chief of a major public hospital was guilty of professional misconduct in his private practice for prescribing a drug to a pregnant woman that posed a risk to her unborn ... to administrative work. In May 2010, he prescribed Lisinopril to Carol Li Yung-man, who had high blood pressure. He knew she was 20 weeks pregnant and that the drug posed a risk to the fetus but prescribed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1439214/doctor-who-prescribed-drug-knowing-it-could-harm-foetus-gets
  7. News - Hong Kong - MEDICINE

    Bioethics centre at Chinese University to tackle medical moral dilemmas

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:03am by Jennifer Ngo and Christy Choi

    ... rules for clinical trials of drugs and therapies. "Biotechnology in Hong Kong is developing at a similar pace to the rest of the world," Fok said. "But as medical practitioners, ... It is also breeding genetically modified pigs for drug-testing purposes. Genetic sequencing opens the door to a host of new medical issues, such as parents selecting their baby's gender or going ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1528228/bioethics-centre-chinese-university-tackle-medical-moral-dilemmas
  8. Lifestyle - Technology - MEDICINE

    Anti-depressant Celexa offers ray of hope in preventing Alzheimer's

    Posted May 18th 2014, 03:36am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington Anti-depressant is Alzheimer's hope Research shows a common antidepressant may cut production of one of the chief suspects behind Alzheimer's, a new avenue in the hunt for drugs to prevent the devastating brain disease. It's far too early for anyone worried about dementia to try the drug citalopram, which sells as the brand ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1514377/anti-depressant-celexa-offers-ray-hope-preventing-alzheimers
  9. Lifestyle - Technology - MEDICINE

    Who's telling truth about Tamiflu after latest study of trial data

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:22am by Reuters

    ... Tamiflu? Researchers who fought for years to get full data on Roche's flu medicine Tamiflu said last week that governments who stockpiled it were wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness was in doubt. Supporters of Tamiflu said the researchers' conclusions were flawed and insisted the drug was both safe and effective. The row has drawn in the drug maker as well ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1478982/whos-telling-truth-about-tamiflu-after-latest-study-trial-data
  10. Lifestyle - Technology - MEDICINE

    Scientists race to develop microchips to monitor the body's health

    Posted Jun 01st 2014, 04:21am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... of their bodies instantly and at a level of detail never seen. Several have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including a transponder containing a person's ... and wireless guidance systems are being developed to diagnose diseases, administer drugs and even perform surgery. But while the technology may be within reach, the idea of putting little machines ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1522642/scientists-race-develop-microchips-monitor-bodys-health

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