Opioids after knee surgery are stronger in some states

The opioid prescription you get after knee surgery depends on where you live. Many are at strength levels linked to a risk of overdose death.

Rae Lynn Mitchell-Texas A&M • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: overdose opioids health-and-medicine medications knees

‘Assembly line’ tinkering lets yeast cells make drugs

Reprogrammed to behave like tiny factories, yeast cells make drugs.

Tom Abate-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: yeast genetic-engineering cells health-and-medicine medications

‘Snapshot’ captures fast-acting drugs at work in brain

New research outlines a method of showing how fast-acting drugs affect the brain within minutes to hours of being taken.

Brown University • futurity
Sept. 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: brains health-and-medicine medications imaging-technology

First opioids for teens may not up drug abuse risk by much

The risk that young adults who receive an opioid prescription for the first time will develop a substance abuse problem isn't as high as believed.

April Toler-Indiana • futurity
Aug. 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: drugs addiction opioids teens health-and-medicine medications

Placebos cut distress even when you know they shouldn’t

Even when you know the placebo treatment isn't "real," believing it will make you feel better can ease emotional distress, a new study shows.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: brains emotions health-and-medicine beliefs medications placebos

2 in 3 older folks in the hospital get risky prescriptions

"Potentially inappropriate medications" can send older adults who've just left the hospital back to the ER. Changes to prescribing may fix the issue.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: hospitals older-adults featured health-and-medicine medications side-effects

Do antibiotics in early life increase IBD risk later?

A new study with mice offers evidence that giving antibiotics to babies may increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) later.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: antibiotics microbiomes childrens-health health-and-medicine medications irritable-bowel-syndrome

COVID-19 drug may cut death risk by 45% for severe cases

New research suggests a benefit from timely and targeted efforts to calm the "cytokine storm" caused by the immune system's overreaction to the coronavirus.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 featured health-and-medicine medications

Drug shows promise for fighting rare ALS

An experimental drug called tofersen that could help treat a rare kind of ALS is headed to a phase 3 trial.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: als drug-development proteins health-and-medicine medications nerves

Remdesivir can save more COVID patients where hospitals are maxed out

With news that the US bought almost the entire global supply of remdesivir, new research shows the drug saves more lives in places with overwhelmed ICUs.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 death intensive-care hospitals united-states south-africa featured health-and-medicine medications emergency-medicine

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