Patients most in need of the vaccine against shingles don’t get it:


Patients most in need of the vaccine against shingles don’t get it:

People at the highest risk of shingles are those with immunosuppressive conditions — such as HIV — but they are not entitled to vaccination due to safety concerns, suggests research. Researchers say alternative strategies are needed to reduce the risk of shingles among these patient groups. Shingles is a common disease among older individuals which causes an acute painful rash and can lead to a complication resulting in pain lasting from months to years that can significantly impair a person’s quality of life. To view the whole article please click this link:
http://www.chronicintractablepainandyou.net/apps/forums/topics/show/12871194-patients-most-in-need-of-the-vaccine-against-shingles-don-t-get-it

Cone snail venom controls pain


Cone snail venom controls pain

Hidden in the mud, the cone snail Conus purpurascens lies in wait for its victims. It attracts its prey, fish, with its proboscis, which can move like a worm, protruding from the mud. Once a fish approaches out of curiosity, the snail will rapidly shoot a harpoon at it, which consists of an evolutionarily modified tooth. The paralyzed victim then becomes an easy meal.

To view the whole article please click this link:

http://www.chronicintractablepainandyou.net/apps/forums/topics/show/12871153-cone-snail-venom-controls-pain

Drug Shortages


Drug Shortages

FDA takes great efforts, within its legal authority, to address and prevent drug shortages, which can occur for many reasons, including manufacturing and quality problems, delays, and discontinuations. The agency works closely with manufacturers of drugs in short supply to communicate the issue and to help restore availability. FDA also works with other firms who manufacturer the same drug, asking them to increase production, if possible, in order to prevent or reduce the impact of a shortage.
To read more please click on this link: http://www.chronicintractablepainandyou.net/apps/forums/topics/show/12854280-drug-shortages

How FDA Evaluates Regulated Products: Drugs


How FDA Evaluates Regulated Products: Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration’s Strategic Action Plan for Risk Communication is an initiative to tell consumers how the agency makes decisions on the safety and effectiveness of FDA-regulated products. This is the first in a series of articles about the data and methods—and their limitations—that FDA uses to determine whether products are safe for patients and consumers to use.
This is how the agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research evaluates the safety and effectiveness of drugs.
The Regulation of Drugs

How the Facts Are Collected:
To read more please click on this link: http://www.chronicintractablepainandyou.net/apps/forums/topics/show/12854244-how-fda-evaluates-regulated-products-drugs

Topic: FDA approves Impavido to treat tropical disease leishmaniasis


FDA approves Impavido to treat tropical disease leishmaniasis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Impavido (miltefosine) to treat a tropical disease called leishmaniasis.

Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by Leishmania, a parasite which is transmitted to humans through sand fly bites. The disease occurs primarily in people who live in the tropics and subtropics. Most U.S. patients acquire leishmaniasis overseas.

Impavido is an oral medicine approved to treat the three main types of leishmaniasis: visceral leishmaniasis (affects internal organs), cutaneous leishmaniasis (affects the skin) and mucosal leishmaniasis (affects the nose and throat). It is intended for patients 12 years of age and older. Impavido is the first FDA-approved drug to treat cutaneous or mucosal leishmaniasis.

“Today’s approval demonstrates the FDA’s commitment to making available therapeutic options to treat tropical diseases,” said Edward Cox, M.D., director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

To read more please click on this link: http://www.chronicintractablepainandyou.net/apps/forums/topics/show/12854220-fda-approves-impavido-to-treat-tropical-disease-leishmaniasis

Definition of Alternative Medicine


Definition of Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine is any of a wide range of health care practices, products and therapies, using methods of medical diagnosis and treatments which, at least up to the end of the twentieth century, were typically not included in the degree courses of established medical schools teaching western medicine, including surgery, in the tradition of the Flexner Report or similar.[1][2] Examples include homeopathy, Ayurveda, chiropractic and acupuncture.
To read more please click on this link: http://www.chronicintractablepainandyou.net/apps/forums/topics/show/12852511-definition-of-alternative-medicine

Complementary and alternative medicine You’ve heard the hype about complementary and alternative medicine. Now get the facts.


Complementary and alternative medicine
You’ve heard the hype about complementary and alternative medicine. Now get the facts.
By Mayo Clinic staff

Complementary and alternative medicine has never been more popular. Nearly 40 percent of adults report using complementary and alternative medicine, also called CAM for short. Doctors are embracing CAM therapies, too, often combining them with mainstream medical therapies — spawning the new term “integrative medicine.” But what is CAM? This guide explains the ABCs of CAM.
What are some examples of complementary and alternative medicine?
Exactly what’s considered complementary and alternative medicine changes constantly as treatments undergo testing and
To read more please click on this link: http://www.chronicintractablepainandyou.net/apps/forums/topics/show/12852470-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-you-ve-heard-the-hype-about-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-now-get-the-facts-