A genital herpes vaccine being developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has proven effective in mice and guinea pigs. The next step is getting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin human trials. Friedman has been researching herpes for much of his 44-year career at Penn Medicine. As part of his latest study, published Friday in the journal Science Immunology, researchers took a two-pronged attack in developing a potential vaccine. Their vaccine is designed to prevent the herpes virus from entering the cells it needs to grow – a fairly standard approach, Friedman said. But the vaccine also aims to block the proteins the virus needs to escape the immune system's response. No previous attempts at a genital herpes vaccine have been as effective theirs, Friedman said. "There's no guarantee that because we're doing great in mice and guinea pigs that it will work in humans," Friedman said. "But what we can say is that … [Read more...] about Penn researchers closing in on a possible genital herpes vaccine
Consider the new Superhero Training Academy in Amherst as a testing ground for overall fitness – so don’t try to pigeonhole it. The 7,000-square-foot space, with a 20-foot-high ceiling, was designed to appeal to those who enjoy Ninja Warrior, Tough Mudder, gymnastics and parkour training, and get a full-body workout in the process. “A lot of kids, like I used to be, aren’t really that focused on one sport. I kind of wanted to do a lot more without having to commit to one thing,” Sean Haney said. “I just liked the fun of it, and that's kind of what we're going for here.” Children ages 6 and older, as well as adults, have taken “action adventure” classes since the academy opened two weeks ago at 1590 Hopkins Road, Suite 100, near Dodge Road, said Haney, the certified personal trainer who leads them. Haney once helped his father, Tom, run the fitness side of the former Village Glen Tennis and Fitness Center. The two co-own Superhero … [Read more...] about New Superhero training center ‘sort of a live video game’
A new pill has proven to reduce high blood pressure while also decreasing cholesterol, according to a study published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine. The so-called "polypill" combines low doses of three medications that treat high blood pressure and one used to lower cholesterol. RELATED STORY : Five ways to lower your blood pressure The pill reduced the estimated risk of cardiovascular disease by 25 percent, among study participants. Researchers say the pill could provide a big benefit to low-income patients. "The pill may address some of the barriers that contribute to disparities in health based on geography, socioeconomic class and other parameters that we know have existed in this country and other countries for a while now," senior author Dr. Thomas Wang, of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said in a statement. "Despite advances in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular … [Read more...] about New pill could treat both blood pressure, cholesterol issues
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Log In Log In Today’s Paper Health | Should You Keep Taking Zantac for Your Heartburn? Advertisement Supported by Versions of the drug have been found to contain low levels of a carcinogen. But it’s still on pharmacy shelves. Here’s what you need to know. ByKatie Thomas Sept. 19, 2019, 4:04 p.m. ET The heartburn drug Zantac has been on the market for decades, and was considered safe enough to be sold over the counter and regularly given to infants. But last week, the Food and Drug Administration said that it had detected low levels of a cancer-causing chemical in samples of the drug, which is also known as ranitidine. The agency advised patients who were taking over-the-counter versions of Zantac to consider switching to other medications. On Wednesday, the drug maker Novartis said that its generic-drug division, Sandoz, had stopped … [Read more...] about Should You Keep Taking Zantac for Your Heartburn?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Log In Log In Today’s Paper Health | Is It Time to Quit Vaping? Advertisement Supported by Health officials have recommended that people refrain from using e-cigarettes as they investigate a severe lung illness that has killed seven people. Here are some things to consider. ByKaren Zraick and Jacey Fortin Sept. 19, 2019, 1:20 p.m. ET Allegations of illegal marketing tactics. More than 500 severe lung illness in 38 states. federal ban of most flavored e-cigarettes, and new efforts in many states to counter an epidemic of youth vaping. There’s been an avalanche of vaping news this month, which leaves many users facing a crucial question: Is it time to quit? Here’s a look at the issues. First, how big is vaping? E-cigarettes swept onto the market about a decade ago. They’re nowA survey last year found that 10.8 million American … [Read more...] about Is It Time to Quit Vaping?