Medications

EXPLAINER: COVID-19 pills must be taken within 5 days

Newly infected COVID-19 patients have two treatment options that can be taken at home. But that convenience comes with a catch: The pills have to be taken as soon as possible once symptoms appear.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

A small mutation can make Zika virus even more dangerous

Researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) have found that Zika virus can mutate to become more infective—and potentially break through pre-existing immunity.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Weed-killer compounds also kill parasite sometimes found in cat feces

The parasite Toxoplasma gondii infects up to one-third of the human population, experts say. Sometimes transmitted to humans from infected cat feces or litter, the protozoan can cause severe and even deadly illnesses in immunocompromised ...

Oncology & Cancer

Hope for breast cancer patients, but with a cruel caveat

The clinical trial of an old antibiotic for a new purpose is offering hope to thousands of patients with drug-resistant breast cancer whose early remissions have given way to resurgent tumors.

Medications

Study finds 1 in 16 women take harmful drugs during pregnancy

In a review of more than 3 million pregnancies, University of Florida researchers found 1 in 16 women were exposed to harmful teratogenic drugs—medications that can cause pregnancy loss, birth defects and other health problems ...

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