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Why You Should Not Ask Your Doctor for a Z-Pak

2016-10-31 03:15

A new study reveals that the most commonly prescribed drug for treating common ailments is the Z-Pak—but shouldn’t be. Here’s why.

Whenever you or your child comes down with an ear ache, a sore throat or a sinus pain, do you ask your doctor to prescribe a Z-Pak because that is what has worked in the past?

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Why the FDA is adding new warning about prescription testosterone

2016-10-25 20:50

Today the FDA announced new warnings about prescription testosterone that they say can cause addiction and serious health problems.

Testosterone is a synthetic form of the endogenous androgenic steroid testosterone that is converted to DHT in the body; Men taking steroids and testosterone at higher doses than prescribed are esp

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How Effective Are Prescription Weight Loss Drugs?

2016-06-14 14:00

JAMA just published the results of an analysis of five prescription weight loss drugs when compared with placebo, and the findings may surprise you. Just how effective are prescription weight loss drugs and should you and your doctor consider them?

The five weight loss drugs studied (liraglutide [Saxenda],

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FDA Reminds Consumers that Taking Expired Meds Can Harm Your Health

2016-01-16 02:02

Here’s the latest from the Food and Drug Administration on why taking expired meds can harm your health, and how to dispose of those expired meds properly.

It’s tempting to hang onto left-over medications in order to save money and/or treat yourself the next time you get sick to save yourself from having to make a trip to the clinic.

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NSAIDS Number 5 on the List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs

2015-10-21 10:41

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) - Motrin, Bextra, Naproxen, Celebrex aspirin, Voltaren, Lodine, Indocin, Orudis, Toradol, Relafen, Daypro, Clinoril, Aleve or Naprosyn and others, are the most widely used drugs in the world. Most people experiencing mild to moderate pain, inflammation, cold and flu symptoms, menstrual pain or fever take NSAIDS and do so without really thinking of any dangers since most are available over the counter (OTC). The perception [4] is that they are innocuous, but that would be very far from the truth.

All NSAIDs work by blocking hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which are involved in pain and inflammation as well as many other bodily functions, including protecting the stomach linin

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Doctors warn about clear dangers of Xanax, Valium and related drugs

2015-10-08 22:08

A new report highlights the dangers of nerve pills known as benzodiazepines that are commonly prescribed for sleep, anxiety and sometimes depression. Researchers are warning you may want to find other ways to reduce stress and anxiety because of a clear risk of dementia and death associated with anti-anxiety medications.

Helene Alphonso, DO, Director of Osteopathic Medical Education at North Texas University Health Science Center warns that some physicians still prescribe the drugs for treating anxiety, insomnia, O

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Do Statins Really Cause Memory Loss

2015-06-08 12:13

Questions about whether statin use is associated with memory loss have circulated for years. Now the results of a new study that looked at this question and involved about 1 million people have been published, but has the question been answered?

Various side effects have been noted from use of the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins.

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First drug approved by FDA to treat radiation sickness

2015-05-25 12:29

The FDA has approved the first drug to treat radiation exposure in the event of a nuclear disaster. Approval of Neupogen®, is the result of research performed by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) that showed the drug counteracts the effects of radiation to protect blood cells from destruction brought about by radiation that attacks bone marrow.

The study was carried out by Thomas J. MacVittie, PhD, professor, and Ann M.

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Maple syrup and antibiotics could make a good team

2015-04-20 20:36

It seems possible that maple syrup could help humans fight infection. Researchers recently discovered maple syrup has properties that make antibiotics more effective and could help protect us from the threat of superbugs that have become resistant to antibiotics.

The finding that comes from researchers at McGill University could mean decreased use of antibiotics.

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