GLP-1 receptor agonists: European drug regulator asks makers for evidence of self-harm

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is conducting a review of GLP-1 receptor agonists, including Ozempic, Saxenda, and Wegovy, used to treat type 2 diabetes and weight management, after reports of suicidal ideation and self-harm. The review was prompted by the Icelandic Medicines Agency following reports of these issues in people using liraglutide and semaglutide. The…

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Phone Attachment for Pupil Measurements with Any Skin Tone

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a smartphone attachment to measure changes in pupil size, useful for neurological conditions. This helps people with darker skin tones, who were previously underserved by available technology. The attachment fits over a smartphone camera and uses far-red light to capture images of the iris and…

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Wasabi shows memory-boosting powers in study

A Japanese study found that wasabi, specifically its active ingredient 6-MSITC, may help boost memory in healthy adults aged 60 and older. The study, published in the journal Nutrients, involved 72 volunteers who showed an improvement in short- and long-term memory after taking a 100 mg wasabi extract supplement for three months. The researchers found…

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EULAR publishes updated recommendations for SLE management

The European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR) has updated its recommendations for the management of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a disease with diverse symptoms and traditionally limited treatment options. The updated recommendations, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, emphasize multidisciplinary and individualized management, regular assessment of disease activity and organ damage, and…

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Do You Have the Flu, RSV, COVID, or the Common Cold?

As winter approaches, there is concern about distinguishing between a common cold and the more serious RSV, COVID-19, and influenza. Symptoms such as runny noses, coughing, and congestion are common to all four illnesses, but differentiating the three viruses from a common cold is important. With similar symptoms, it is crucial to consider testing for…

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In Real World, Patients With Myeloma Have Worse Outcomes

A study found that patients with multiple myeloma had dramatically worse outcomes in real-world settings than in clinical trials. Patients in the real-world experienced worse progression-free and overall survival on six of seven standard treatments compared with those in clinical trials. The analysis included nearly 4000 patients with multiple myeloma and compared real-world outcomes with…

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Nursing bill passed in Parliament. What all you should know

The Parliament has passed the National Nursing and Midwifery Commission (NNMC) Bill, 2023, which aims to transform the nursing education and practice landscape. The Act will replace the Indian Nursing Council with a modern regulatory structure, elevating standards and enhancing professional conduct. The key provisions include the establishment of National and State Commissions, fixed tenures…

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