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Rare diseases more common than we think

Rare diseases more common than we think

Rare diseases are by their very nature obscure and unknown, falling through the cracks when it comes to research budgets and treatment development. But now, a study has shown they are more common than we think. New research shows that rare diseases are not that rare. The United States classifies a rare disease as one […]

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A new drug could improve dermatitis after a single dose

A new drug could improve dermatitis after a single dose

Atopic dermatitis is a common form of eczema that affects millions of people in the United States. Now, a new proof-of-concept study suggests that a novel drug could relieve symptoms after just one dose. Share on PinterestA new treatment for atopic dermatitis shows promise in proof-of-concept trial. Researchers estimate that about 16.5 million adults in […]

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Drug effects hidden by poor placebo reporting

Drug effects hidden by poor placebo reporting

A recent study concludes that medical research papers often do not describe placebos adequately. The authors believe that this could cause underreporting of harms and overreporting of benefits. A new study underlines the importance of explaining placebos more thoroughly. To find out whether a drug or medical intervention works, researchers must pit it against a […]

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Alzheimer’s: Head device reduces memory loss in 7 out of 8 people

Alzheimer’s: Head device reduces memory loss in 7 out of 8 people

An open-label clinical trial working with eight people with Alzheimer’s disease concluded that a new wearable device that emits electromagnetic impulses was able to significantly improve memory loss in seven of these participants within 2 months. An innovative wearable device can significantly reduce memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new clinical trial. Alzheimer’s […]

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Common antidepressant may ease anxiety more quickly than depression

Common antidepressant may ease anxiety more quickly than depression

Sertraline, an antidepressant that doctors commonly prescribe, appears to work by reducing anxiety first and doesn’t start tackling depressive symptoms until weeks later. New research sheds fresh light on how antidepressants work. This was the main finding of a study on the use of antidepressants in primary care settings in the United Kingdom. The researchers […]

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OCD: Deep magnetic stimulation may help where other therapies fail

OCD: Deep magnetic stimulation may help where other therapies fail

Millions of people around the world have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition that often has a significant impact on well-being and quality of life. New research from Israel outlines a new therapy option that could help people with OCD that does not respond to other treatments. Can magnetic stimulation work where other treatment options do […]

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Investigating ‘spin’ in scientific journals

Investigating ‘spin’ in scientific journals

A recent study investigated “spin” in psychiatry and psychology research papers. The study authors found spin in more than half of the abstracts they analyzed. What impact might this have on doctors’ decisions? Many doctors only have time to read the abstract of a study. As news and media outlets compete for views, they can […]

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Has safety commission misled the public about aspartame?

Has safety commission misled the public about aspartame?

Researchers from the United Kingdom have appraised the most recent assessment by the European Food Safety Authority regarding the safety of aspartame, a popular type of artificial sweetener. The investigators caution that the commission’s findings may be misleading. Is aspartame really as safe as official reports claim? Some researchers are unsure. Aspartame is perhaps the […]

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New drug relieves acute migraine in clinical trial

New drug relieves acute migraine in clinical trial

People who experience acute migraine may soon find relief in a new treatment. The results of a clinical trial of a novel drug revealed that it can eliminate head pain and reduce other symptoms of migraine. New research uncovers the benefits of a novel drug for treating acute migraine. Many people with acute migraine rely […]