How to Survive a New Year's Hangover

FRIDAY, Dec. 29, 2017 — Excess drinking on New Year’s Eve can lead to a painful morning after, with no sure-fire cure available. But helpful strategies for treating a hangover do exist. Hangover symptoms — headache, nausea and dizziness — occur when the body withdraws from alcohol and a chemical called acetaldehyde is produced, Dr. …

How Good Is Your New Year's Bubbly? Listen Closely

FRIDAY, Dec. 29, 2017 — Pop! goes the New Year’s corks — and the bubbles that result might point to how high-quality your champagne is, researchers say. “We came across the idea that bubbles play an important role in the quality of a sparkling wine,” said study lead researcher Kyle Spratt, from the Applied Research …

EMA draws up plans to move MHRA work

Source: Shutterstok.com Plans are being drawn up to redistribute the European work of the UK’s medicines safety watchdog in the run up to Brexit. Which national agencies take on which elements of the work will be revealed early next year, the European Medicines Agency decided at its meeting on 13/14 December 2017. Plans are being …

Seniors, Lose the Weight But Not the Muscle in 2018

FRIDAY, Dec. 29, 2017 — If you’re a senior who’s pledging to lose weight in 2018, be sure you’re shedding excess fat without losing muscle and bone. Losing fat is good for your heart, but maintaining muscle and bone is crucial for staying mobile and living independently, said Kristen Beavers, a health and exercise science …

RPS England releases briefing on hospital pharmacy

Source: RPS Hospital pharmacy is undergoing a “seismic change and there are great opportunities opening up”, says Sandra Gidley, chair of English Pharmacy Board A new hospital pharmacy briefing, prepared by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in England and the RPS Hospital Expert Advisory Group, summarises the current policies and agendas that affect hospital pharmacy …

MRIs Safe With Older Pacemakers, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 — Powerful magnetic fields created during an MRI scan were thought to play havoc with some pacemakers, but a new study says these scans are safe for people with the heart devices. Researchers tested the safety of MRIs on more than 1,500 people who had older pacemakers or implantable defibrillators — …

Haemophilia A gene therapy trial shows promise of cure

  Source: Shutterstock.com People with haemophilia A are prone to excessive bleeding following trauma An NHS trial of gene therapy for haemophilia A has led to increased levels of factor VIII in participants, including some who have achieved normal levels of the clotting protein up to a year after treatment. The findings, published in The …

Pet Dogs May Speed Human Brain Cancer Trials

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 — Man’s best friend may help scientists learn more about a deadly brain cancer in people. Both dogs and humans can develop glioblastoma. Half of people diagnosed with this type of brain cancer live fewer than 14 months, even after treatment with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Sen. John McCain is being …