Home > Medical > Meds and you > News News All sections in Meds and You » Antibiotics » Generics » Inside the Lab » Medication » News » Using Medicines Progress toward long-acting malaria pill A capsule that expands in the stomach is being developed to deliver an anti-parasitic and anti-malaria drug over a period of two weeks. Danish government launches medical cannabis programme Patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, paraplegia, chronic pain and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting could become eligible for a four-year trial cannabis programme. Doctors still better at diagnosis than computers According to a study, doctors were twice as likely to get the right diagnosis on the first try as a number of symptom-checking computer programmes. Test Using the wrong pills? » Quiz Addicted to pills? » Original vs generic medicine Brand-name vs generics Antibiotics raise risk of bacterial infections in US hospitals A new study evaluated the risk of getting the dangerous bacteria C. difficile from a hospital bed in which the prior patient had received antibiotics. Doctors' treatments may vary according to political bias A study shows that Republican doctors expressed more concern about marijuana use and abortion, while Democratic physicians were more concerned about firearms. Poor prescription practices across Africa put patients at risk Irrational prescriptions are a major global health problem. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than half of all medicines are inappropriately prescribed, dispensed or sold. Many adults use antibiotics without a doctor's guidance Self-diagnosis and treatment with e.g. previously prescribed antibiotics is leading to drug-resistant 'superbugs' and puts patients at risk for potentially dangerous side effects. Doctors' political views may affect patient care When it comes to advice about firearm safety, or reacting to a patient's prior abortions, a survey found significant differences between Democratic and Republican doctors. How older people can prevent harmful drug interactions The American FDA warns that one drug can affect the effectiveness of other drugs and how your body uses them, and offers the following safety tips. Generic meds applications causing 'bottleneck' at MCC The Medicine Control Council should limit generic applications to seven per innovator medicine to cut the backlog that is blocking cheaper, better drugs from entering the SA market. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Sun protection for all children Understanding your sunscreen The science behind cosmeceuticals Do you know these 5 facts about skincare?