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Eli Lilly Pharma Giant Reveals Plans to Release 20 New Drugs in 5 Years
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      Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly lly laid out an ambitious R&D agenda for launching up to 20 new drugs by 2023 during an investor presentation in May. Eli said it hopes to add a significant number of uses for its existing therapies in order to bolster those drugs’ market strength. They will focus on key franchises such as diabetes, oncology, and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. In addition, they will add immunology to their core therapeutic spaces. The pharma giant also had to ditch one of its pipeline hopefuls, a cardiovascular treatment meant to boost -good- HDL cholesterol,...

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New Company Delivers HIV Meds to Your Doorstep
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img source: Forbes.com   Nurx is a relatively new company to enter the pharmaceutical market. In 2014, Nurx began offering birth control pills to be delivered straight to your door through an easy to use web interface. Now, Nurx is adding HIV-prevention pills (Preexposure medication known simply as PrEP).   The innovative approach is to combine a smartphone app-based interface with speedy delivery of medications. Nurx hopes that populations like gay men of color, transgender women, and sex workers that are hardest to reach will now have more access to these necessary medications.   The app interface first begins with...

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Increasing Dopamine Will Make You Happier. Here's How
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img source: public domain   It should not be a secret that altering your dopamine levels can directly affect your mood, behavior, and energy. However, did you know that dopamine levels can also be altered by your perception? A simple change on your outlook, can have profound effects on your day-to-day happiness. Here are some ways you can increase dopamine levels, without needing pills:   First, and foremost, don’t get addicted. Upon inspection of addictive behavior, studies show an underlying cause of low dopamine levels. The “addiction” whether it be food, drugs, etc… presents a quick-hit to correct your dopamine...

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Despite the risks, why do teens still smoke?
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“The real public impact is preventing teens from smoking— that remains the key, and one of the things that the furor over e-cigarettes can do is distract you from that debate,” Amy Fairchild, professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University, told FoxNews.com. Ever since the 1960s, when a U.S. Surgeon General’s report exposed the health risks of smoking, the question of why teens smoke still has public health advocates scratching their heads.

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Pregnancy: Antidepressant Use Linked to Autism
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img source: newsmomsneed The topic of antidepressant exposure during pregnancy and autism has been discussed over the years, due to the prevalence of children being diagnosed with autism and so many women taking antidepressants during pregnancy. It is a fact that serotonin plays a crucial role in embryonic development, as this neurotransmitter is vital for fetal brain formation. A Canadian study suggests that the overall risk is low, “less than 1 percent of the nearly 150,000 babies in the study were diagnosed with autism by age six or seven”, however, children of women taking antidepressants during second and thirds trimesters were,...

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