Us Heroin Deaths Jump 533% Since 2002, Report Says

The number of heroin users in the United States jumped from 404,000 in 2002 to 948,000 in 2016, a 135% increase, according to the most recent government numbers. But even more striking: The number of people who had fatal overdoses related to heroin has skyrocketed from 2,089 in 2002 to…

Fight Depression By Making These Key Diet Changes

Depression can trigger a host of feelings from agitation and insomnia to poor appetite, or just the opposite—excessive hunger. It’s the hunger feeling some may use as a crutch or coping mechanism to comfort the feelings of hopelessness or despair. This may work temporarily, but depending on food choices, it…

Breakthrough Cancer Drug Could Be Astronomical In Price

A new leukemia drug being hailed by doctors as a breakthrough could prove among the most expensive therapies ever on the market: For a single treatment, the price is expected to reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. “It is a revolutionary treatment,” said Dr. Prakash Satwani, a pediatric hematologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University…

Plants ‘Hijacked’ To Make Polio Vaccine

Plants have been “hijacked” to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, says the process is cheap, easy and quick. As well as helping eliminate polio, the scientists believe their approach could help…

A Blood Test For Cancer Could Be Closer Than People Realize

The gold standards for cancer detection still have many flaws. Cancer researcher Jimmy Lin has developed a blood test that promises faster, less invasive, and more specific results. Research in cancer patients could lead to trials on healthy people. The best way people can maximize their chances of surviving most cancers is…

More Than A Third Of Us Adults Prescribed Opioids In 2015

The United States needs to curb excessive opioid prescribing and improve access to pain management techniques, suggests a new government study. Researchers found that more than one third of U.S. adults were prescribed the medications in 2015 and many also misused the drugs. “A very large proportion and large number…

FDA Approves New Drug For Sickle Cell Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first new drug for sickle cell disease in nearly two decades. Endari (L-glutamine oral powder) helps reduce severe complications associated with the blood disorder, the agency said. Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder in which the red blood cells…