Wall Street Journal, New York

Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug Fails in Clinical Trial

wsj.com — An experimental drug for Alzheimer's targeting a protein called tau failed to improve patients' cognition or daily functioning in a clinical trial, dealing a setback to a closely watched segment of research. The treatment, from Singapore-based drugmaker TauRx Pharmaceuticals Ltd., was the first tau-targeted therapy for Alzheimer's to reach late-stage testing in humans.

Obama Administration Loosens Controls on Medication to Ease Opioid Cravings

wsj.com — In an effort to expand treatment for opioid addiction, the Obama administration is loosening strict controls of a medication doctors prescribe to ease cravings for heroin and other opioid drugs. The Department of Health and Human Services says it will now allow doctors to prescribe the medication, called buprenorphine, to 275 patients at a time, up from 100 previously.

Making Chemo More Tolerable

wsj.com — Researchers and physicians are trying new ways to ease the notorious side effects of chemotherapy and make it more tolerable. While many of the new cancer drugs hitting the market in recent years have markedly improved care, they haven't yet displaced chemo, the workhorse of oncology.

China is a secret force behind America’s opioid crisis

marketwatch.com — Last spring, Chinese customs agents seized 70 kilograms of the narcotics fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl hidden in a cargo container bound for Mexico. The synthetic opium-like drugs were so potent that six of the agents became ill after handling them. One fell into a coma.

The Chinese Connection Fueling America’s Fentanyl Crisis

wsj.com — Last spring, Chinese customs agents seized 70 kilograms of the narcotics fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl hidden in a cargo container bound for Mexico. The synthetic opium-like drugs were so potent that six of the agents became ill after handing them. One fell into a coma. The cargo had traveled through five freight forwarders before reaching...

Medtronic Wins Tax Court Case Over IRS

wsj.com — The U.S. Tax Court handed Medtronic Plc a victory in a $1.4 billion dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over how much of the medical device maker's profits should be taxed by Puerto Rico and how much should face higher federal taxes instead.

FDA Approves New Arm Implant to Treat Opioid Dependence

wsj.com — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a drug-emitting arm implant to treat addiction to heroin and other opioids, providing a new tool against an illness that has proved extraordinarily difficult to manage. Some addiction experts said the implant could offer a more reliable way to keep addicts on their medication.

New Imaging Tech Could Help Scientists Better Understand Alzheimer’s

wsj.com — In a new study, researchers found images of tau tangles in the brain were more closely related to a person's cognitive function than images of a second, more widely studied protein called beta amyloid. The technology that makes that possible could help diagnose patients and determine best course of treatment down the line.

Health Officials Call for Less Aggressive Treatment of Pain

wsj.com — In a sign of growing alarm about painkiller addiction, a group of U.S. state health officials, doctors and consumer advocates is calling for a stricter approach to treating pain in hospitals and clinics.

Mothers of Opioid Addicts Form Support Networks Online

wsj.com — When Kim Palmer learned her son was addicted to heroin, she told the pastor of her church near Portland, Ore., and then quickly regretted it. She recalls him responding with little more than a pat on the hand and an offer to pray for her. "What that teaches you is, don't tell anyone," she says.
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Aug 25, 2016

More overdoses in Cincinnati area from heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer.  http://cnn.it/2bhm5UP 

Aug 25, 2016

EpiPen maker says it will cover more of patients' out-of-pocket costs; doesn't cut price paid by insurers/employers  http://on.wsj.com/2caf11U 

Aug 24, 2016

RT @WSJscience: Scientists said they found a small planet potentially hospitable to life near our solar system:  http://on.wsj.com/2bObulg 

Aug 24, 2016

RT @chescaleigh: what Leslie is dealing with is terrifying. she's done nothing to deserve this kind of harassment other than be a black woman online


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