My kid nearly jumped out of window while tripping on Tamiflu

A hallucinating 6-year-old Texan girl attempted to hurl herself from a second-floor window after ingesting the popular drug Tamiflu, according to a report. More On: prescription drugs Doctor accused of killing radio host wife forced to move jails amid death threat 'Oxy doc' prescribed opioids that killed man days later: cops Judge, DA

US OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancer caused by an inherited flawed gene. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved AstraZeneca PLC’s Lynparza for patients with inherited BRCA gene mutations who have undergone chemotherapy. The drug has been on the market since

Robotic implant stretches your organs to help them heal

If you have science fiction nightmares of a robot apocalypse you should probably just stop reading right now. For those of you still here, I have good(?) news! Scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital have invented a robot that can be implanted into the body where it pulls on

Robot duck hopes to help kids with cancer

ATLANTA — A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer — a social robot that can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them and help them cope creatively with their illness through the power of play. The

Woman receives bionic hand with sense of touch

A woman who lost her left hand in an accident is getting a second chance thanks to a new bionic hand with a sense of touch unveiled by researchers. Almerina Mascarello, who lost her left hand nearly 25 years ago, said: “It’s almost like it’s back again.” The BBC reports

FDA approves first-ever shock wave healing device

With the number of bogus remedies and treatments floating around, claiming to provide relief for various ailments, the FDA really has its work cut out for it. I mean, can you imagine trying to wade through the swamp of snake oil that exists out there just to find

Blood delivered by drone is saving lives in Rwanda

Drones might be causing privacy concerns in the United States and Europe, but in the East African country of Rwanda, they are a welcome sight in the skies. Through a partnership between drone startup Zipline and the Rwandan health ministry, drone-powered medical supply deliveries are ramping up, and

British woman who smuggled pills into Egypt gets 3 years in prison

CAIRO – An Egyptian court sentenced a British woman to three years in prison on Tuesday for smuggling painkillers into the country, a Reuters witness said. Laura Plummer, a 33-year-old shop worker from Hull, was arrested in October after Tramadol tablets were found in her suitcase. Her family told

Scientist use sperm to deliver chemo drugs to cervical cancer cells

Scientists in Germany have devised a way to treat cervical cancer that uses sperm cells to deliver chemotherapy. The promising new method could provide an alternative to standard chemo treatments as sperm cells are designed to swim through a female reproductive tract. Chemo drugs damage normal cells along with cancerous

Venezuelans create ‘medical flea markets’ to combat shortages

SAN CRISTOBAL/MARACAIBO, Venezuela – Venezuela’s critical medicine shortage has spurred “medical flea markets,” where peddlers offer everything from antibiotics to contraceptives laid out among the traditional fruits and vegetables. The crisis-wrought Latin American nation is heaving under worsening scarcity of drugs, as well as basic foods, due to tanking

Here’s what you need to know about 3D mammograms

WASHINGTON — A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray — and now US health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer. It’s the latest dilemma

Tiny microrobots could be used to cure cancer

Tiny robots small enough to be injected into the human body have been hailed as a potential breakthrough in the battle to cure cancer. Known as “biohybrids,” the microbots can be controlled remotely to deliver life-saving drugs directly to affected areas for maximum efficiency. They are made from biological cells

Robot doctor passes his medical exams

A robot doctor – one of the first in the world – has passed its medical exams with flying colors. Xiao Yi “mastered” all required medical skills, scoring 465 out of 600 points in China’s National Medical Licensing Examination. Researchers from Tsinghua University, Beijing spent the last 12 months inputting

First digital pill approved lets doctors track patients’ meds

A pill that can be digitally tracked through the body has been approved for the first time in the US. Abilify MyCite aripiprazole pills, which are used to treat schizophrenia and manic episodes, have an ingestible sensor inside them that records when they are taken. The drug was first approved

First digital pill approved lets doctors track patients’ meds

A pill that can be digitally tracked through the body has been approved for the first time in the US. Abilify MyCite aripiprazole pills, which are used to treat schizophrenia and manic episodes, have an ingestible sensor inside them that records when they are taken. The drug was first approved

Woman who can’t stop sweating blood has experts perplexed

The case of a young woman with a disorder that causes her to sweat blood from her face and hands has left experts perplexed. Doctors were initially at a loss when it came to the 21-year-old Italian patient who spontaneously bleeds despite not having any lesions, CBC News reported. The University of

Robots are better at slicing open humans than surgeons are

Human surgeons are some of the most skilled, precise individuals on the planet, but no amount of training and experience can make them better at slicing human flesh than robots already are. A new study aimed at comparing the steady hand of a human surgeon against the cold precision of

NYC replacing hospital devices that could be used as “dirty bombs’

The city took an extraordinary step Wednesday to ensure that terrorists don’t get their hands on radioactive material, announcing that all hospital devices that could be used in a “dirty bomb” are being ­replaced. Officials said there are 28 devices remaining, including those used in blood transfusions, at 12 major hospitals

The world’s first robot “super-microsurgery’ was successful

In the not-so-distant future, AI-controlled robots will almost certainly enslave humanity and make us all wish we could go back to the Stone Age, but for now, they’re actually pretty helpful machines. In fact, they’re even saving human lives in entirely new ways: Surgeons from the Maastricht University Medical Center

Injectable glue heals wounds in seconds

Australian and American biomedical engineers have developed a stretchy surgical glue that rapidly heals wounds, a “breakthrough” that has the potential to save lives in emergencies, its designers say. The injectable glue, MeTro, is based on a naturally occurring protein called tropaelastin. It is applied directly to the wound and is

Artificial muscle could make robots 15 times stronger than humans

Robots could soon be 15 times as strong as humans thanks to a new artificial muscle. Scientists used a 3D printing technique to create the rubber-like synthetic muscle that could lead to the creation of machines which “make the ‘Terminator’ look puny.” The material was capable of expanding to nine times its