May 27, 2015

Health minister calls for greater use of generic drugs

The market penetration rate of generic drugs in Japan should rise to 80 percent or higher by the end of March 2021 from 46.9 percent in September 2013, according to Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki. If the target is achieved, medical expenses ...

May 19, 2015

Discovery fuels fears of homemade morphine, painkillers

Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and potential abuse. While no one has yet reported making morphine in the laboratory from scratch, some experts are calling for ...

May 14, 2015

Vitamin B3 may help prevent certain skin cancers

For the first time, a large study suggests that a vitamin might modestly lower the risk of the most common types of skin cancer in people with a history of these relatively harmless yet troublesome growths. In a study in Australia, people who took ...

Apr 30, 2015

Rubella is gone from the Americas: global health authorities

Improved vaccine campaigns have led to the elimination of rubella — an infectious disease that can cause birth defects — from North, Central and South America, global health authorities said Wednesday. The virus, sometimes known as German measles, was formally declared eradicated after five ...

Anti-dengue plague plan eyed by health ministry

Apr 29, 2015

Anti-dengue plague plan eyed by health ministry

The health ministry will soon draw up guidelines to prevent a new outbreak of dengue fever, after last summer’s incidence became the nation’s first in about 70 years. A total of 162 people were infected with the virus across 18 prefectures last year. An ...

Apr 24, 2015

Ebola outbreak likely driving malaria deaths: study

The collapse of health services in three west African countries devastated by Ebola may have caused some 11,000 additional deaths from malaria, a preventable and curable disease, researchers said Friday. A further 3,900 deaths may have resulted from interruptions in the delivery of insecticide-treated ...