High numbers of youth report using prescription opioids in the past year

A new analysis of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health finds a surprisingly high prevalence of prescription opioid use among youth. As recently as 2015-2016, 21 percent of adolescents and 32 percent of young adults said they had used these drugs in the past year. Nearly 4 percent and 8 percent,…

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Researchers report new insights into Parkinson’s disease-related mortality

Amsterdam, NL, November 8, 2019 — By following a group of newly diagnosed patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) for a decade or more, researchers have been able to identify several factors never before reported that appear to be associated with higher mortality rates in PD patients compared to the general population. As reported in the…

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ESMO Asia Congress 2019 [ESMO media alert]

LUGANO-SINGAPORE, 8 November 2019 — The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), (1) the leading professional organisation for medical oncology, is pleased to announce the fifth ESMO Asia Congress 2019. (2) Held 22-24 November 2019 at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore, the scientific and educational congress will convene around 3,500 medical professionals…

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Study finds glutamates such as MSG can help reduce Americans’ sodium intake

Promising results from a new study published in the journal Nutrients add to accumulating evidence that glutamates such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) can be used to reduce sodium in the food supply. The study analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), looking at what Americans eat and estimating the reduction in…

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Investigators build a better targeted drug therapy using the power of computation

Antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) — cancer drugs that are designed to target and destroy cancerous tissue while leaving healthy cells intact — represent a long sought-after advancement in cancer therapy. ADCs work by attaching a cancer drug to an antibody that is unique to a specific type of tissue, allowing ADCs to deliver treatment directly…

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From plants, UVA extracts a better way to determine what our genes do

Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have developed a better way to determine what our genes do — allowing scientists to better probe the genetic causes of diseases and more efficiently determine whether new drugs will act on the intended target exactly as needed. The researchers believe the new tool could revolutionize…

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Save the date: Major scientific meeting on sound next month in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 8, 2019 — The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) will hold its 178th meeting, Dec. 2-6, at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California. This major scientific conference brings together interdisciplinary groups of researchers spanning many fields, including physics, medicine, music, psychology, architecture and engineering, to discuss their latest research. Reporters…

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Juul Ends E-Cigarette Sales of Mint-Flavored Pods

Juul Labs, the nation’s largest seller of e-cigarettes, said on Thursday that it would stop selling mint-flavored pods, which have become especially popular among teenagers. The move precedes an anticipated federal flavor ban that is to be announced soon, one that the Food and Drug Administration initially had said would include mint as well as…

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