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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Health News: Permanent injunction preventing Dallas compounding pharmacy from distributing adulterated drugs ♦ Smart pill smells out the body's fiber factor

Permanent injunction preventing Dallas compounding pharmacy from distributing adulterated drugs The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas entered a consent decree for permanent injunction January 11 against Downing Labs LLC, its two owners, and the pharmacist-in-charge to prevent them from distributing adulterated drugs in interstate commerce until their processes are compliant with the law. The complaint stems from multiple U.S. FDA investigations which found numerous deficiencies regarding the firm’s sterile drug production.
Inflammation markers could guide depression treatments Depressed patients with signs of systemic inflammation have elevated levels of glutamate in regions of the brain that are important for motivation. These findings suggest which forms of depression may respond best to drugs that target glutamate, such as the anesthetic ketamine.
Gut reaction: Smart pill smells out the body's fiber factor Researchers have conducted the first ever trials of smart pills that can measure intestinal gases inside the body, with surprising results revealing some unexpected ways that fiber affects the gut.
Polymer puts new medical solutions within reach Combining the properties of liquid crystals and hydrogels in just the right proportions creates the potential for new materials that have the same mechanical properties as soft tissues in the body. A material that is water-loving and has structure opens up the door the possibility for artificial blood vessels that are mechanically stealth so they wouldn't be viewed as a foreign body. Now, a newly developed process can create this type of a polymer

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