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Share price of XBiotech falls by 50% after late-stage colorectal trial results

Share price of XBiotech falls by 50% after late-stage colorectal trial results

XBiotech Incorporated share price fell by about 50% after it revealed its late-stage colorectal cancer study results to a European Society of Medical Oncology meeting in Barcelona. The results raised question over effectiveness of Austin-based biopharmaceutical company’s treatment for advanced colorectal cancer.

New rule allows doctors to prescribe buprenorphine to patients three times the current cap

New rule allows doctors to prescribe buprenorphine to patients three times above current cap

The Obama Administration has come up with a new way to fight the alarmingly high drug overdose cases in America. The administration in its latest effort will relax the rules for doctors who are allowed to prescribe a powerful anti-opioid medication.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has finalized the new rule under which the number of patients being treated by doctors who could prescribe buprenorphine has been increased. The medication is meant to treat opioid use disorder.

Don’t Mix Marijuana with Tobacco, It may Increase Dependence Risk

Don’t Mix Marijuana with Tobacco, It may Increase Dependence Risk

Mixing marijuana with tobacco could put people who use it at an increased dependence risk, suggested a new study. These people may have difficulty in finding support to deal with these dangerous drugs, it added.

A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime revealed that the world has at least one billion tobacco users, while people who smoke pot are around 182 million. The report stated that tobacco and marijuana are two most popular drugs around the world right now.

THC and other compounds found in cannabis can remove toxic protein generally associated with Alzheimer’s disease

THC and other compounds found in cannabis can remove toxic protein generally associated with Alzheimer’s disease

The Salk Institute labs in San Diego scientists have published preliminary proof that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds present in cannabis can wipe out amyloid beta, the toxic protein usually linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

The Salk Institute officials have warned that the findings published in the journal Aging and Mechanisms of Disease’s June issue mustn’t be taken as an indication that cannabis is a cure for Alzheimer’s.

WHO urges countries to consider ‘global nicotine reduction strategy’

WHO urges countries to consider ‘global nicotine reduction strategy’

A panel of tobacco researchers that advises 180 World Health Organization (WHO) nations on creating constructive fresh regulations for tobacco products has lately suggested the group to think of a ’global nicotine reduction strategy’.

As part of the strategy, only very low nicotine cigarettes would be available for sale legally. Such cigarettes would have very slight nicotine in the tobacco that wouldn’t create cigarette addiction. The advice also cautioned that just nations with extensive tobacco-control programs should attempt doing this.

New rule increases number of patients health care providers can treat with buprenorphine

New rule increases number of patients health care providers can treat with buprenorphine

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell said that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has finalized a new rule on Tuesday, increasing the number of patients that can be treated with buprenorphine, a medication used for the treatment of opioid use disorder, quite like methadone.

This rule alteration has added to the opioid initiative being launched in last March by HHS. The focus of the initiative was on three priorities, including increased access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.

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Arizona Man infected with West Nile Virus suffering Paralysis in Legs

Arizona Man infected with West Nile Virus suffering Paralysis in Legs

An Arizona man after contracting West Nile Virus is suffering paralysis. The man from Phoenix, Arizona, was bitten by a mosquito and infected with the rare virus. Doctors say the man is suffering paralysis in his legs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the case of Nicholas Cornelius is very rare. Less than 1% sufferers of West Nile Virus develop a condition like the Arizona man, the health agency added.

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