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FDA staff backs epilepsy drug made from cannabis plant

FDA staff backs epilepsy drug made from cannabis plant

Health
April 17 (UPI) -- Staff members at the Food and Drug Administration have approved an experimental drug made from a marijuana plant that is used to treat seizures associated with two rare forms of epilepsy affecting children.The FDA briefing document, released Tuesday, was prepared before an advisory committee meeting scheduled for Thursday. The next step is for the FDA commissioners to approve the drug.Epidiolex, manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals, was studied to treat Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which are rare forms of epilepsy most resistant to other treatment that affect children 2 years old and older.The drug is given as a syrup with strawberry flavoring and includes cannabidiol, an active ingredient found in marijuana. But it contains less than 0.1 percent of tetrahyd...
Trump says drug dealers may deserve 'ultimate penalty'

Trump says drug dealers may deserve 'ultimate penalty'

Health
President Donald Trump said Thursday the "ultimate penalty" may be in order for drug dealers because the nation's drug problem will never be solved without a show of strength and toughness. The comments were Trump's most explicit on the matter to date. He previously has alluded to death for drug dealers by noting that some countries are "very harsh" with drug dealers. Trump also has said he knows the answer to the drug crisis, but he isn't sure the country is "ready for it yet." In remarks Thursday at a White House summit on the opioid epidemic, Trump said drug dealers and pushers kill hundreds of people but that that most don't go to jail. "You know, if you shoot one person, they give you life, they give you the death penalty. These people can kill 2,000, 3,000 people and nothing happens...
Smartphones – the drug in our pockets

Smartphones – the drug in our pockets

Technology
Siobhan Robbins, CorrespondentMy name's Siobhan Robbins, I'm 35 and I'm an addict.My drug of choice is a mobile phone.When I'm awake it's always on me, when I sleep it's always in reach.Image:More than half of Brits check their smartphone within five minutes of wakingIt's sad to admit it's the first thing I check in the morning, the glowing screen often the last thing I see at night.Research by Deloitte shows I'm not alone - 57% of people in the UK check their smartphone within five minutes of waking, 78% within an hour of going to bed.For some the habit, driven by a need for external validation, manifests in an endless stream of wide-eyed, head-tilting, manicured selfies. With every 'like' the addict gets a mini-high.Not me. My addiction is based on an insatiable need for information.For ...
Oasis singer Liam Gallagher confesses to drug use at 45 – despite turbulent past

Oasis singer Liam Gallagher confesses to drug use at 45 – despite turbulent past

Entertainment
The Oasis frontman has revealed he doesn't indulge as much as he would like to, but admits to still dabbling with substances at 45.Liam also revealed while he doesn't indulge often, his dabbling means that he is now powerless to prevent his children – Lennon, 18, Molly, 20, Gene, 16 and Gemma, four – from experimenting.The Wonderwall singer revealed: "I ain't got a leg to stand on, I do drugs."So when they come and do drugs I can't say, 'don't do drugs'.GETTYLIAM GALLAGHER: The musician has admitted he still takes drugs at 45Oasis in pictures When Oasis released their second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? it went on to sell over 22,000,000 copies worldwide. We look back at the band's turbulent career in pictures.Getty Images Liam and Noel Gallagher from Oasis
New antifungal drug combats deadly microscopic yeast

New antifungal drug combats deadly microscopic yeast

Health
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a novel drug compound capable of combating drug-resistant yeast strains.Microscopic yeast are a menace in hospitals. The fungi can grow in the nooks and crannies of medical equipment and hospital surfaces and can cause infections in patients with weakened immune systems. For some, an infection can prove fatal.Candida auris is one of the most problematic species, as it has developed resistance to multiple antifungal drugs.Current antifungals attack yeast by puncturing the cell membranes or by blocking sterol production. The new drug works by blocking vital proteins from attaching to the yeast cell wall. In doing so, the antifungal compound disrupts the yeast's growth process and prevents the formation of drug-resistant fungal communities.The compo...