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Ritalin ‘the best medication for children with ADHD’

Methylphenidate drugs, of which Ritalin (methylphenidate hcl) is probably the most well known, is the safest and most effective medication for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a recent study concluded.  Published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, the study...

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CDC recommends new shingles vaccine Shingrix

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now formally recommends Shingrix (zoster vaccine recombinant, adjuvanted) as the vaccine of choice against shingles. It is only the second shingles vaccine to gain US Food and Drug Administration approval; the first was Merck’s drug...

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FDA grants for clinical trials 'may lead to lower drug prices'

Over the next four years, more than $22 million in grants have been awarded for clinical trials and research into treatment for patients with rare diseases, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced. In a statement released by the regulatory body, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD,...

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HIV drug Truvada 'safe for young males'

A combination therapy used to reduce the chances of HIV infection in adult patients is safe for adolescents, a new study by the National Institutes of Health network suggests. Truvada (tenofovir, emtricitabine) is a single pill combination drug currently approved as a pre-exposure prophylaxis...

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WHO: New antibiotics needed to treat drug-resistant gonorrhea

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhea harder to treat, suggesting a heightened need to develop new antibiotics. It brought together data from 77 countries around the world, which revealed the common sexually transmitted disease (STD) is...

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Cancer medication based on biomarker "an important first"

The US Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to approve a medication to treat patients whose cancer has a specific genetic feature, or biomarker, has been hailed as an "important first" in the fight against the disease. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is a monoclonal antibody already in use to...

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Obesity 'raises risk of osteoarthritis in the hands'

Osteoarthritis of the hands is likely to affect up to four in ten people during their lifetime and obesity may increase the risk of developing the condition, a new study has found. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 30 million people across the...

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Roche antibody test 'could improve prostate cancer diagnosis'

A new antibody test to improve diagnosis of prostate cancer has been launched by pharmaceutical firm Roche. Prostate cancer accounts for 15 percent of cancer cases diagnosed in men. It occurs in the prostate glands of males and symptoms include difficulty urinating and blood in the urine or semen....

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ADHD ‘caused by differences in brain development’

People with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have different brain structures from those without the condition, a recent study suggests. Researchers found certain key areas of the brain were a smaller volume among patients with ADHD than those measured in people without the condition....

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