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Global spending on medicines will reach $1.4 trillion in 2020, driven by increased healthcare access in emerging markets and high-priced new drugs for cancer and other diseases, according to a forecast by IMS Health released on Wednesday. That is up from about $1.07 trillion this year, representing a compound annual growth rate of 4 to...
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Scientists seeking a cure for the AIDS virus have made an unexpected discovery with a drug designed to combat alcoholism which they say could be a critical part of a strategy to “wake up” and then kill dormant HIV hiding in the body. The drug, branded as Antabuse but also sold as a generic called...
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A volunteer firefighter from Mississippi whose face was burned off during a home fire rescue received the world’s most extensive face transplant, New York University Langone Medical Center said on Monday. After a 26-hour surgery performed at the New York hospital in August, 41-year-old Patrick Hardison is living with the face of 26-year-old David Rodebaugh,...
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People across the world are alarmingly confused about the role of antibiotics and the right way to take them, and this ignorance is fueling the rise of drug-resistant superbugs, the World Health Organization said on Monday. “The rise of antibiotic resistance is a global health crisis,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters in a telebriefing...
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Some 2.4 billion people around the world don’t have access to decent sanitation and more than a billion are forced to defecate in the open, risking disease and other dangers, according to the United Nations. Launching its World Toilet Day campaign for Nov 19, the UN said poor sanitation increases the risk of illness and...
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The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the premier conference that brings together international leaders to positively shape the future of the wellness industry, kicks off Day 1 with a welcome from Mexico City’s Minister of Tourism and a wide range of provocative keynotes: from new Global Wellness Institute research on the “Future of Wellness at Work”...
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HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta is a multi-faceted, independent, resource network that offers total health and well-being services. They offer English-speaking assistance to help find a physician, hospital and/or diagnostic service for any healthcare needs. Each month Healthcare Resources Puerto Vallarta hosts health clinics by appointment for greatly reduced costs for consultations with medical professional in...
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It’s a truth addicts and health providers know well: Naloxone can reverse heroin overdoses, but it can’t cure the addictions that cause them. In a small but growing number of places, people who land in hospitals after being revived by the drug are being guided toward long-term treatment. That’s largely because decision makers have heard...
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Health officials in Jalisco warn that cases of dengue and chikungunya could increase by as much as 50% with the passing of Hurricane Patricia. “The hurricane has given us the conditions that could increase the number of dengue and chikungunya cases by 50%,” said Director of Public Health of Jalisco, Hector Ramirez Cordero, who alerted...
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It’s official: Ham, hot dogs and other processed meats can lead to colon, stomach and other cancers – and red meat is probably cancer-causing, too. While doctors in rich countries have long warned against eating too much meat, the World Health Organization’s cancer agency gave the most definitive response yet Monday about its relation to...
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The plague was spreading nearly 3,000 years before previously thought, scientists say after finding traces of the disease in the teeth of ancient people – a discovery that could provide clues to how dangerous diseases evolve. To find evidence of the prehistoric infection, researchers drilled into the teeth of 101 individuals who lived in Central...
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Most women with low sexual desire won’t rush to get the first prescription drug to boost female libido when it becomes available on Saturday. But they may have more options down the road. Addyi is a daily medication that can’t be taken with alcohol or certain other drugs, which will likely limit its use. But...
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Go in search of eggs in most foreign countries and you might encounter a strange scene: eggs on a shelf or out in the open air, nowhere near a refrigerator. Shock and confusion may ensue. What are they doing there? And are they safe to eat? We Americans, along with the Japanese, Australians and Scandinavians,...
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U.S. prices for the world’s 20 top-selling medicines are, on average, three times higher than in Britain, according to an analysis carried out for Reuters. The finding underscores a transatlantic gulf between the price of treatments for a range of diseases and follows demands for lower drug costs in America from industry critics such as...
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The Nobel prize in medicine went Monday to three scientists hailed as “heroes in the truest sense of the word” for saving millions of lives with the creation of the world’s leading malaria-fighting drug and another that has nearly wiped out two devastating tropical diseases. Tu Youyou – the first-ever Chinese medicine laureate – turned...
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