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Roche's Tecentriq cocktail boosts survival in small cell lung cancer
Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Monday that a cocktail of its immunotherapy Tecentriq with chemotherapy boosted survival of patients with previously untreated extensive-stage small cell lung cancer compared with chemotherapy alone. These are the first positive Phase III survival results for any immunotherapy-based combination in the initial treatment of extensive-stage small cell lung cancer, Roche said in a statement.
China says United States domestic opioid market the crux of crisis
US President Donald Trump said in November on a state visit to Beijing that China and the United States would do more to stem what he called a flood of cheap and deadly fentanyl manufactured in China from entering the United States. A year-long congressional probe into the use of fentanyl in the United States found that the substance could easily be bought online from Chinese labs and mailed to the United States due to gaps in oversight in the US Postal Service.
In a Chinese Village, Elderly Farmers Are Now Yogis
In rural China, at least 50 million older Chinese have been left behind by the country's economic boom, according to official data. The Chinese government, which often suppresses spirituality and officially discourages mysticism, supports yoga with Chinese characteristics that excludes chanting and meditation from routines. Be Good Farmers in the New Era, one said, invoking one of Mr Xi's pet phrases. He wants to turn Yugouliang into a yoga training base for farmers from all over China, which he says will draw tourists as well.
A Drug Costs $272,000 a Year. Not So Fast, Says New York State.
Advertisement New York's Medicaid program says Orkambi, a new drug to treat cystic fibrosis, is not worth the price. Orkambi, which is sold by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, costs $272,000 a year, but has been shown to only modestly help patients. The case is the first test of a new law aimed at reining in skyrocketing drug costs in New York's Medicaid program. Other states, like California and Vermont, have passed laws requiring drug companies to turn over certain financial details if they raise prices significantly.
What to know about gastrectomy, or stomach removal
A gastrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part or all of the stomach. Doctors may recommend gastrectomy as a treatment for stomach cancer, which is also called gastric cancer. There are three main types of gastrectomy: complete gastrectomy, in which the whole stomach is removed partial gastrectomy, in which part of the stomach is removed sleeve gastrectomy, in which part of the left side of the stomach is removed to reduce the organ's size.
Americans Love Families. American Policies Don't.
Democrats and Republicans have platforms for middle-class families, working families, military families. This past week was a reminder of a deep contradiction about the family in American politics: Families make powerful symbols, valuable to politicians and revered by voters. In less visible ways, even policies and programs intended to support families can undermine them. Instead of saying, 'Support all families,' it's saying, 'Support certain families,' and ignores the inequalities that exist.
Brain tingling sensation 'ASMR' may benefit health
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) describes the pleasurable tingling sensation that some people experience in response to stimulating videos, activities, or sounds. Now, new research suggests that ASMR lowers heart rate and improves overall health and well-being. ASMR is described as a 'brain tingling' sensation that starts at the crown of the head and then descends through the rest of the body. Specifically, the heart rates of the ASMR experiencers were, on average, 3.14 beats per minute lower than those of non-experiencers.
A color-coded guide to vaginal discharge
It is common to wonder whether the color or consistency of vaginal discharge is normal or needs to be checked out. In this article, we provide a color-coded guide to vaginal discharge. Gray vaginal discharge is not healthy, and it can be a symptom of a common bacterial infection called bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV usually causes other vaginal symptoms as well, including: itching irritation a strong odor redness around the vulva or vaginal opening.
Hypervitaminosis A: What to know
Acute hypervitaminosis A occurs when a person consumes large quantities of vitamin A over the course of a few hours. By contrast, chronic hypervitaminosis A occurs when vitamin A levels build up slowly in the body over time. Hypervitaminosis A has a variety of potential symptoms that may vary depending on whether the condition is acute or chronic. Long-term use of acne medications or creams that contain vitamin A can lead to hypervitaminosis A in some people.
Highly empathic people have a unique view of music
How empathic you are may change how you perceive music. According to a study published in the journal Brain and Behavior, around 20 percent of the population is genetically predisposed to empathy. Experts propose links between empathy and music, solidifying the theory that empathic people will opt for stimuli that produce relatable emotions rather than something more neutral.
When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic
Opioid overdoses are killing so many Americans that demographers say they are likely behind a striking drop in life expectancy. Yet most of the more than two million people addicted to opioid painkillers, heroin and synthetic fentanyl get no treatment. If the country is really going to curb the opioid epidemic, many public health experts say, it will need a lot more Dr Gastalas. Iowa is no Ohio or West Virginia in the breadth of its opioid problem; meth addiction remains more common here.
The Trump Appointee Who's an Addiction Specialist
There are pediatricians who get the waiver; OB-GYNS who get the waiver; pain specialists who get the waiver. Then, of course, there are addiction specialists who get the waiver - addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry. We know that many, many people with opioid problems have other medical problems, and sometimes they have psychiatric problems, too. In recent years, medical schools have been putting more hours of training on addiction in place.
How horses perceive and respond to human emotion
A new study shows, for the very first time, that horses respond to human emotional cues by integrating the emotional value of the voice they hear with that of the facial expressions they see. Horses can tell when human facial expressions and tone of voice match, according to a new study. In this study, horses were shown pictures of happy or angry human facial expressions on a screen.
Benefits of using a humidifier
In this article, learn about the benefits of humidifiers, how to use them correctly, and precautions to take. People are more likely to benefit from a humidifier in the cold months, when cold air dries out the lungs, nose, and lips. Benefits of a humidifier may include: 1. Using a humidifier to add moisture to the indoor air may help to reduce the occurrence of dry, cracked skin.
Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women discovered in surrogacy raid
Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women who were carrying babies on behalf of Chinese clients have been discovered during a raid on an illegal commercial surrogacy operation, police said on Saturday. Five people, including a Chinese manager, were arrested following raids at two apartments in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, police said. Cambodia had been a popular international destination for infertile couples looking to have babies through commercial surrogacy even though it is was made illegal in 2016.
Sleep apnea treatment tied to improved sex life
Adults with sleep apnea, a common nighttime breathing disorder, may have a better sex life when they wear breathing masks to bed, a small US study suggests. Apnea, a common disorder that leads to disrupted breathing or shallow breaths during sleep, has long been linked to sexual dysfunction. For men, it's tied to difficulties getting and maintaining an erection as well as ejaculation disorders. Apnea that isn't properly treated has been linked with excessive daytime sleepiness, decreased quality of life, heart attacks and heart failure.
Teens with eczema may not follow prescribed treatment regimen
Adolescents with eczema who are prescribed topical corticosteroids to ease symptoms like itching and inflammation may not use their medicines as directed, a small study suggests. Much of the research to date on patients' perspectives on eczema treatment has focused on parents of younger children, researchers note in JAMA Dermatology. Most participants had developed eczema as infants or during childhood, but five of them didn't get the condition until adolescence.
Opioid reclassification linked to increase in illegal online sales
Online black-market sales of opioid painkillers more than doubled in the United States during the two years after these drugs were rescheduled, putting tighter restrictions on legal prescriptions and sales, according to a recent study. Indeed, the study team also found that illegal sales of the more potent opioids, oxycodone and fentanyl, increased by the greatest amounts in these cryptomarkets. The researchers used special software to analyze drug sales in 31 of the world's largest cryptomarkets operating from October 2013 to July 2016.
U.S. District Court rules in favor of Lilly's Alimta patent
Eli Lilly and Co said on Friday a US District Court ruled in favor of its patent on Alimta vitamin regimen and prevented Hospira Inc and India's Dr Reddy's Laboratories from launching generics until the patent expires. The patent for Lilly's top-selling cancer drug will expire in May 2022. Lilly's extensive research to discover the Alimta vitamin regimen patent deserves intellectual property protection, Lilly's senior vice president Michael Harrington said in a statement.
Diana King, a Leading Teacher in Overcoming Dyslexia, Dies at 90
The time to diagnose dyslexia is before the child has a chance to fail at reading, she said. Often they were endowed with keen powers of observation and original thinking, innate charm, a sense of balance and high energy. She said that dyslexia affects as many as one in five people and can be detected by age 4. Diana Hanbury was born on Sept. 2, 1927, in London to Anthony Hanbury, who worked in finance, and Una (Rawnsley) Hanbury, a sculptor.

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