Cystic fibrosis-sufferer, 13, feared to have DAYS left to live as drug giant fails to act

Only seven months ago the young cystic fibrosis-sufferer had guests in hysterics speaking at his parents’ summer 2019 wedding. Now his family fear he has just days to live and needs full life-support without drugs firm Vertex’s miraculous CF “cure” Trikafta. Trikafta is not yet licensed in Europe but since July, Vertex has given it free to 120 UK sick sufferers […]

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High-dose erythropoietin no benefit for extreme preemies

(HealthDay)—For extremely preterm infants, high-dose erythropoietin treatment from 24 hours after birth does not result in a reduced risk for severe neurodevelopmental impairment or death at age 2 years, according to a study published in the Jan. 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Sandra E. Juul, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues […]

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Media overrepresent drug treatments for chronic pain

Media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found. Chronic pain, defined as persistent or recurring pain present for more than three months, is the leading cause of disability worldwide and affects one in five New Zealanders. The researchers analyzed 240 news articles on chronic […]

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How decisions unfold in a zebrafish brain

Some things we do appear almost automatic, like opening the fridge when feeling hungry or flipping on the air conditioning when the temperature rises. Although such decisions don’t seem to take much thought, they are in fact generated by millions of neurons and numerous interactions among several brain regions—a dynamic system so complex that scientists aren’t able to observe it […]

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