Houston patients struggle to find Ozempic as popularity of weight-loss drugs soars on social media

Houston patients struggle to find Ozempic as popularity of weight-loss drugs soars on social media

HOUSTON – The drug Semaglutide was originally marketed as Ozempic to manage type 2 diabetes. Last year, semaglutide was approved by the FDA for use in weight loss under the name Wegovy. Social media dubbed them “skinny pens” because they help people lose weight fast, which led to the popularity and shortage of Ozempic and … Read more

The experimental HIV vaccine developed by J&J is abandoned

The experimental HIV vaccine developed by J&J is abandoned

An experimental HIV vaccine developed by Johnson and Johnson has been scrapped after early data showed it didn’t work. It’s the latest blow in the search for a cure for the disease that still kills 2,000 people in the United States every year despite the availability of highly effective drugs that can allow people to … Read more

Super gonorrhea has reached the United States

Super gonorrhea has reached the United States

An illustration of Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria.Drawing: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Super gonorrhea has infected people in the United States for the first known time. This week, Massachusetts public health officials announced the discovery of two cases of gonorrhea that appear to display increased resistance to all known classes of antibiotics that can be used against it. These … Read more

New bird flu pandemic fears as top virologists sound alarm over ‘worrying’ spread

New bird flu pandemic fears as top virologists sound alarm over ‘worrying’ spread

Fears of a potentially devastating bird flu pandemic intensified today after a ‘worrying’ outbreak among mink. The world’s top virologists have sounded the alarm after tests confirmed the H5N1 strain was spreading between mammals. This raises the possibility that the pathogen could acquire troublesome mutations that allow it to spread much more easily between humans, … Read more

Chemo BEFORE bowel cancer surgery reduces risk of disease coming back

Chemo BEFORE bowel cancer surgery reduces risk of disease coming back

Chemo BEFORE bowel cancer surgery cuts risk of disease returning by a quarter, ‘remarkable’ trial finds Research suggests chemotherapy should be done before bowel cancer surgery A trial funded by Cancer Research UK gave patients chemotherapy for six weeks beforehand He discovered that chemotherapy before surgery could reduce the risk of cancer recurrence by a … Read more

Intermittent fasting may not affect your chances of losing weight, study finds

Intermittent fasting may not affect your chances of losing weight, study finds

Picture: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) New research casts doubt on some of the claimed benefits of intermittent fasting, finding no link between the timing of a person’s meals and their chances of long-term weight loss. The frequency and size of people’s meals, however, were linked to modest changes in weight. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School … Read more

Men who use Viagra are 25% less likely to die prematurely: USC study

Men who use Viagra are 25% less likely to die prematurely: USC study

Viagra can apparently help men with more than just erectile dysfunction. A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine has found that Viagra reduces the risk of heart disease in men by up to 39% – and even helps reduce the risk of premature death. Researchers at the University of Southern California studied … Read more

The Benefits of Taking Vitamin D May Depend on Your Weight

The Benefits of Taking Vitamin D May Depend on Your Weight

Picture: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) The potential benefits of taking vitamin D supplements may be affected by your weight and height, according to new research. The study found that overweight and obese people taking these supplements experienced smaller increases in vitamin levels and other associated markers compared to those with a lower body mass index. The study … Read more