Opioids tied to bad sex life and lack of desire

(Reuters Health) - Chronic pain patients who take opioids may be less satisfied with their sex life and more likely to experience a lack of desire than people who don't rely on these prescription narcotics, a Danish study suggests.

Medical News Today: What is the best kind of toothpaste to use?

To choose the best toothpaste, people need to consider a range of factors. These include fluoride content and whether or not the American Dental Association (ADA) have approved the toothpaste. People should pick a product that is suitable for their spe...

Childhood abuse linked to endometriosis risk

(Reuters Health) - Women who were abused as children may be more likely to develop endometriosis in adulthood, separate studies suggest.

Medical News Today: What role do immune cells play in dry eye?

Dry eye and inflammation that arise from disruption of moisturizing oil glands in the eyelids could be due to blockage by immune cells, a new study finds.

Chaotic Congo basks in rare success after quashing Ebola

Congo's health minister said on Wednesday that when its Ebola outbreak was first announced less than three months ago, he never dreamed it would be possible to contain it so swiftly.

Acorda loses bid for U.S. court order halting generic Ampyra sales

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday denied a request by Acorda Therapeutics Inc for a temporary court order blocking generic drug companies from launching lower-cost versions of its multiple sclerosis drug Ampyra.

Pharma's middlemen see shares suffer as challenges grow

Uncertainty over potential actions to reduce prescription drug costs and competitive threats have taken a toll this year on shares of companies in the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain. They get their chance to change investor sentiment with quarterly e...

Medical News Today: What are the early signs of oral cancer?

Oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth, including the front of the tongue, the lips, the gums, or inside the cheeks. Symptoms include ulcers that do not heal and pain in the affected area. Causes include the presence of the human papillomavirus (...

Mediterranean diet might help ease psoriasis

(Reuters Health) - The Mediterranean diet might do more than help ward off heart disease, it may also help improve psoriasis, a new study suggests.

Medical News Today: Brain stimulation could improve memory while you sleep

Using a noninvasive brain stimulation technique, researchers demonstrated that nocturnal stimulation could enhance memory consolidation during sleep.

Medical News Today: Why you're likely to get little to no protection from sunscreen

Are you applying enough sunscreen, and is it offering you enough protection against ultraviolets? You may want to reconsider your skin-protecting strategy.

Europe adopts new pilot mental health rules after Germanwings crash

Three years after the Germanwings crash in which a pilot deliberately flew a jet into a mountainside, the European Commission has adopted new rules on pilot mental health requiring airlines for the first time to carry out a psychological assessment of ...

Lowering blood pressure cuts risk of memory decline: U.S. study

Aggressively lowering blood pressure significantly reduced the risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia among hypertension patients in a large government-backed clinical trial, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

GSK bets $300 million on genetics as CEO plays down break-up talk

GlaxoSmithKline aims to turbo-charge its drug discovery engine with a big bet on genetics as its CEO on Wednesday played down the idea of hiving off consumer healthcare, which is a source of cash generation for such R&D investment.

Regulator checks vaccine producers in China after scandal

China's food and drug regulator is running checks on production lines at domestic vaccine makers after a scandal involving a firm that falsified data on a vaccine routinely given to infants, state television said on Wednesday.

Medical News Today: Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Lexapro?

Lexapro is the brand name of a drug called escitalopram, which is a safe and effective treatment for depression and anxiety. Doctors strongly recommend that people avoid alcohol while taking Lexapro. Alcohol can counteract the benefits of taking antide...

British drugmaker Indivior's shares hit by copycat, new drug worries

Indivior shares fell more than 20 percent after the British drugmaker warned of a bigger-than-expected blow from a copycat of its top opioid addiction treatment and posted weak initial sales from its new blockbuster prospect.

Hong Kong clinics prepare for influx of mainland visitors after China vaccine scandal

Henry Yeung, a pediatrician and president of the Hong Kong Doctors Union, has just boosted his orders for a popular vaccine for infants - stocking up in preparation for a surge in mainland Chinese visitors spooked by the country's latest vaccine scanda...

GSK's new R&D head bets on genetics with $300 million 23andMe deal

GlaxoSmithKline's new research boss aims to turbo-charge the British group's drug discovery engine with a $300 million bet on genetics by buying a stake in the Silicon Valley gene testing company 23andMe.

UNICEF warns of HIV crisis in teen girls, with 20 cases every hour

Teenagers, and particularly girls, are bearing the brunt of the global AIDS epidemic with around 30 adolescents becoming infected with HIV every hour, according to a report by the United Nations children's fund UNICEF.

Medical News Today: Breast cancer: 'Yin Yang' protein found responsible for tumor growth

Scientists have uncovered a protein that fuels tumor growth in aggressive breast cancer. The findings may help tackle treatment-resistant tumors.

Medical News Today: How a turmeric compound could treat glaucoma

Glaucoma can lead to vision loss, but a turmeric derivative can improve current treatments. New research devises a viable method of adding it to eye drops.

Medical News Today: Can neck pain be a sign of something serious?

The neck is a vital part of the anatomy that supports the head and allows it to move. Pain can occur in the right side of the neck. Most causes are benign, such as sleeping in an uncomfortable position, but others are more severe, including cancer. Lea...

Kraft Heinz recalling cheese dip on botulism risk

Kraft Heinz Co said on Tuesday it was voluntarily recalling about 7,000 cases of its Taco Bell Cheese Dip as the product showed signs that it could allow for the growth of the bacteria that causes botulism.

ADHD tied to increased concussion risk for kids

(Reuters Health) - Children, teens and young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more than four times more likely to sustain traumatic brain injuries than other youth, a Taiwanese study suggests.

Experts advise athletes on dietary supplement use

(Reuters Health) - Athletes and dietary supplement users can use a new infographic from the International Olympic Committee to help them decide whether to take or avoid a supplement.

Fertility treatment doesn't boost overall risk of breast, ovary or uterus cancers

(Reuters Health) - Assisted reproductive technologies don't carry an overall increased risk of breast, ovarian or uterine cancer, according to a new study in the UK.

Governor of violent Mexican state wants regulation of opium poppies

The governor of a violent, crime-ridden Mexican state that produces much of the local opium used to make heroin on Tuesday backed a proposal from the next government to decriminalize cultivation of opium poppies.

AbbVie prices new endometriosis drug at $10,000 a year

Drugmaker AbbVie Inc priced its new endometriosis drug Orilissa at around $10,000 a year after receiving approval from U.S. regulators for the treatment on Tuesday.

Medical News Today: Is my newborn sleeping too much?

Many parents will look forward to their newborn sleeping, but sometimes a newborn will sleep so much that they become concerned. After birth, babies need a lot of rest as they continue to develop and grow. But how much sleep is normal for a newborn and...

Yes, sit-stand desks may help people sit less at work

(Reuters Health) - Workers who use sit-stand desks may reduce the amount of time they spend in a chair by more than an hour a day, according to a review of research on the best ways to curb sedentary time at the office.

Medical News Today: Which type of alcohol has the fewest calories?

Many people drink alcohol but want to keep their caloric intakes in check. Vodka is generally thought to be a low-calorie spirit, but there are many other factors to consider. In this article, learn about the nutritional profile of vodka, how to reduce...

U.S. to narrow opioid bribe case against Insys founder, others

U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday said they will narrow a case against several former Insys Therapeutics Inc executives accused of bribing doctors to prescribe a potent opioid after a federal judge questioned the scope of the indictment charging them.

Gay or bi men who disclose sexual history may get better healthcare

(Reuters Health) - Young men who have sex with men (MSM) who disclose their sexual orientation or behavior to a health care provider are more likely to receive appropriate healthcare, new data suggest.

Medical News Today: Is pasta good or bad for you?

Pasta is a staple food in many diets. It is quick, inexpensive, and filling. However, some types of pasta may be unhealthful and add too many calories to a person's diet without providing much nutrition. In this article, learn which types of pasta are ...

Lilly plans Elanco IPO, posts quarterly profit above estimates

Eli Lilly and Co said on Tuesday it would take its Elanco animal health business public and posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by demand for its diabetes drugs Trulicity and Humalog.

South Africa recalls China generic heart drug on cancer fears

South Africa has recalled a number of high blood pressure and heart drugs containing an ingredient manufactured in bulk by a Chinese company following detection of an impurity that may cause cancer, its health authority said on Tuesday.

Dutch trial with Viagra halted after 11 babies die

A Dutch trial with sildenafil, sold under the brand name Viagra, has been immediately halted after 11 babies of mothers using the medication died, one of the participating hospitals said on Tuesday.

Medical News Today: What to do about a smelly penis

Most of the time, regularly cleaning the penis will keep odor to a minimum. However, poor hygiene and some conditions may cause the penis’ odor to change or smell foul. In this article, learn about the possible causes of a smelly penis, including smegm...

Medical News Today: What makes prostate cancer become aggressive? Study investigates

Using a range of tools, researchers identify a plausible mechanism and genes through which a genetic variation influences prostate cancer aggressiveness.