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Dangerous Drugs: Penile Injections

Men who suffer with erectile dysfunction may be prescribed drugs like Cialis or Viagra. When medications do not work, however, a doctor may prescribe a different course of action. Intracavernous pharmacotherapy (ICP), also known as a penile injection, is supposed to help those with severe E.D. – like a man recovering from prostate cancer may [...]

The State of the Union and Precision Medicine

President Obama’s State of the Union Address on January 20th referenced a Precision Medicine Initiative, which the President hopes will bring American scientists and doctors closer to discovering a cure for diseases like diabetes and cancer. The term “precision medicine” refers to the targeting of diseases caused by specific factors or mutations in a smaller [...]

Emerging Medicine: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation May Cure C. Diff

Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is one of the most common hospital acquired infections (HAI). It spreads easily and recurs in about 20% of patients. The C. diff bacterium inflames the colon (a condition known as colitis), and usually takes hold because patients on antibiotics cannot fight off the bacterium. We have discussed the seriousness [...]

Experimental Cancer Drug Doing Well in Phase I Clinical Trials

A new drug called AG-221 is being used in the treatment of patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), a disorder which affects the blood cells in bone marrow. While the drug is still in Phase I of its trials, doctors seem optimistic about the results. Instead of destroying the leukemic cells, the drug forces them [...]

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