Author Archives: Andrew Joseph

Gut Sensor Could Monitor Health–and Beam Results to a Smartphone

The swallowable device looks promising in pigs

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After Controversy over Industry Funding, NIH Halts Enrollment in Moderate Drinking Study

The agency is investigating how money for the study was raised and whether it is still worth pursuing

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Possible Autism Biomarker Found in Monkeys

Low levels of vasopressin linked to social behavior differences

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Panel Recommends FDA Approval of Epilepsy Drug Derived from Marijuana

Decision paves path to the U.S.’s first medication made from marijuana

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Surgeon General Urges Public to Carry Overdose-Reversal Medication

The rare public health advisory is aimed at saving opioid users

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A Drug Widely Used to Treat PTSD Symptoms Has Failed a Rigorous Trial

The medication is currently prescribed for many veterans 

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Robotic Exoskeletons Show Promise As Tool to Help Kids with Cerebral Palsy Walk Easier

Correcting gait early on may aid mobility 

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Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

The announcement came just two days after his top health aide rejected the notion

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Cost of Medical Care for Transgender Service Members Would Be Minimal, Studies Show

President Trump announced that the military would no longer allow transgender people to serve, citing “tremendous medical costs”

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U.S. Called for New Marijuana Research Bids–but Granted No Approvals

25 applications are still under review

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Trump Nominates Jerome Adams As New Surgeon General

 The nominee was appointed to his current job by the vice president

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After Outcry, White House Budget Preserves Funds to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The president’s 2018 proposal offers relatively small trims to drug control office

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Scientists Dismayed as Texas Leans into Unproved Stem Cell Treatments

Three bills under consideration in the state would make it easier to try unapproved therapies

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More Medical Residency Spots Filled, but Fewer International Applicants

The number of positions hit a record high this year, even as the number of non-U.S. citizens who applied declined

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New Advance May Help Organs Survive Deep Freeze

Early work suggests nanoparticles may help rewarm cryopreserved tissue 

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Cluster of Amnesia Cases, Potentially Tied to Opioid Use, Alarms Health Officials

Researchers are concerned that the syndrome may be due to drug contamination

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Repeated Anesthesia Exposure Could Hurt Young Brains, FDA Warns

The agency will require new warnings on medication labels

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Zika May Harm Male Reproduction, Mouse Study Suggests

Weeks after infection mice had shrunken testicles and lower levels of sex hormones

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Zika May Harm Male Reproduction, Mouse Study Suggests

Weeks after infection mice had shrunken testicles and lower levels of sex hormones

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Rio to Fight Zika with Massive Release of Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes

Wolbachia-laden bugs will be deployed in two South American cities

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Ebola Drug Narrowly Missed Threshold to Prove Effectiveness

The results are the first from a randomized, controlled trial of the treatment

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Grad Students May Now Unionize at Private Universities

The National Labor Relations Board decision may lead to negotiations on pay, benefits and class size

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Grad Students May Now Unionize at Private Universities

The National Labor Relations Board decision may lead to negotiations on pay, benefits and class size

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Human–Animal Chimera Research May Resume with NIH Support

The agency is reconsidering its moratorium on funding such work

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