Asthma drug salbutamol amazingly helped teenager’s paralysis

reliever inhalerCould the popular blue reliever inhaler Ventolin Evohaler also be used to relieve…paralysis?!

An 18-year-old suffering with congenital myasthenia, an inherited neuromuscular disorder, took salbutamol and after a week the teen stunned doctors by being able to walk unaided after being wheelchair-bound for seven years.

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Millions more to be eligible for cholesterol-boosting statins

statinsThe threshold for those eligible to take cholesterol-lowering statins has been drastically cut by medicines regulator the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), meaning millions more adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will now be offered statins by doctors.

Under controversial guidelines from the watchdog, most men aged over 60 and women over 65 will now be advised to take statins such as Atorvastatin, Pravastatin or Rosuvastatin. This will be the case even if they are only at a one in 10 risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The current threshold is 20%.

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New York crime family allegedly sold Erectile Dysfunction drugs illegally

viagraAn infamous member of the Bonanno crime family who was the inspiration for the character played by the late Bruno Kirby in the 1997 film ‘Donnie Brasco’, says he is not willing to do hard time after allegedly being involved in the illicit sales of illegal erectile dysfunction medications.

Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora flatly refused the offer of a plea deal for a reduced prison term – believed to be between 7-to-21 years – on Wednesday in exchange for admitting to a string of high level corruption charges. 72-year-old Bonanno don Santora would have seen a year cut from the minimum prison term he will receive if convicted on trial for the charges.

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Drivers could be fined £10,000 if they allow smoking with a child present in the car

smokingDrivers and passengers of cars in England both face being slapped with huge fines if they are caught smoking with children present.

In February of this year MPs voted in a majority for an amendment to the Children and Families Bill, for a ban on smoking in cars carrying children.

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Chlamydia testing leads to safer sex amongst young adults

coupleIf young adults are offered the chance to undergo a chlamydia test, this has positive ramifications for their sexual health and motivation to seek out healthcare in the future, according to a new report by Public Health England.

Contraception schemes – such as the providing of condoms – in addition to chlamydia screening, apparently can encourage safe sex behaviour for the future in young adults.

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