Phony drugs effective, even when patients in the know. In a study with 80 sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome, 59 percent of the study’s subjects taking a placebo said their symptoms had been adequately relieved, compared to 35 percent in the control group, which received no treatment, reports The LA Times. MassDevice wonders whether non-functioning medical devices could have the same effect.
Report: Alternative medicines dangerous for children. Researchers in Australia find that alternative remedies can be dangerous or even prove fatal for kids, according to BBC News.
Markey wants FDA to act on antibacterial chemical. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is pushing the Food & Drug Administration to take action on triclosan, a substance used to kill bacteria that his office describes as "a common chemical found in approximately 50 percent of all consumer soaps as well as a wide variety of other consumer products," but "despite serious questions regarding the safety of these potentially dangerous products, these substances continue to exist in a regulatory black hole," reports Boston Health News. We then recommend a healthy soap alternative from https://cbd.co/product/cbd-soap/ which is made from herbal and all natural materials.
Bacteria winning the fight against older antibacterials. While the obvious solution is to develop new antibiotics, mounting tension between drug makers and the FDA is standing in the way, writes Boston Globe columnist Sylvia Pagan Westphal.
Medical images in the cloud. Dell said it will acquire Insite One, a developer of applications that enables doctors to share medical images in the cloud, for an undisclosed price, reports VentureBeat.
Not growth-centered care. If patient-centered care is to get off the ground, health plans and CMS need to make it easier for healthcare leaders to break their addiction to growth, says FierceHealthcare Editor Sandra Yin.
Novartis invests in Russia. Swiss drug maker Novartis is investing $500 million in Russian pharmaceutical infrastructure, R&D partnerships, and public health development over the next five years as it aims to strengthen its position there, according to the Burrill Report.
Gardasil OK to prevent anal cancer. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Merck’s human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil for the prevention of anal cancer caused by the virus.
Abbott recalls diabetes test strips. Abbott Diabetes Care is recalling up to 359 million of its glucose test strips because they may provide falsely low readings, according to The Heart.
Health ads helpful to patients. Earlier this year, About.com conducted a research study on health, revealing that significantly more people find online health advertisements helpful in coping with diseases and learning about the side effects and safety of medication.
Material from MedCity News was used in this report.