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A Unique Drug Can Treat Severe Pain

A study promoting new therapeutic approach, which is "incredibly unique" and is safe and effective in some patients with intractable pain. Low doses of the hormone oxytocin along with the anesthetic ketamine may provide a unique and effective therapeutic approach to some patients with severe intractable pain. Dr Pedersen has found better ways to treat patients with very severe pain.

Varenicline for Smoking Cessation Linked to ill effects

In an observational study of patients who were prescribed varenicline (Chantix in the United States/Champix elsewhere, Pfizer) to stop smoking, treatment was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events, researchers report. Patients in Ontario who visited the emergency room (ER) or were hospitalized for a cardiovascular event(MI or stroke) within a year before or after filling the first prescription for varenicline were 34% more likely to have this event during the 12-week varenicline-therapy period as opposed to before or after.

Madagascar's Pneumonic Plague Epidemic

According to this study, researchers assessed the Mathematical models have proven the risk of the on-going pneumonic plague epidemic in Madagascar spreading elsewhere in the world is limited, with the estimated number of exported cases staying below 0.1 person in each country between August 1 and October 17. This was the world's first real-time study into the epidemiological dynamics of the largest ever pneumonic plague epidemic in the African nation.

In Macedonia, Emergency Actions Like Smog Chokes Was Taken

A recent study has found 16 aging, communist-era lignite plants in areas of former Yugoslavia emit as much pollution as all the European Union's 296 power plants combined. With an eye on future EU membership, the governments of ex-Yugoslav republics have pledged to tackle emission levels. Sarajevo, Tuzla and Zenica in Bosnia, as well as Kosovo's capital Pristina, suffer from similar high air pollution. An annual winter scourge in the Western Balkans blamed on a mix of coal burning, ageing industry and high-polluting emissions from older vehicles.