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Do Statins Really Cause Memory Loss

2015-06-08 12:13
statins and memory loss

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
FDA approves first ever drug for radiation sickness

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
Mixing maple syrup with antibiotics could help fight superbugs.

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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Finding solutions to drug shortages

2015-04-04 18:24

Shortages of FDA-approved pharmaceuticals are increasing and creating more problems for patients and medical professionals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that critical shortages are affecting a wide range of medications and products. Items ranging from intravenous (IV) saline bags to oncology drugs have been in short supply recently, but companies are trying to provide solutions to these issues.

The Food and Drug Administration explains that shortages of pharmaceuticals can happen for a variety of reasons including manufacturing issues, quality control problems and production delays.

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Drinking and Taking Prescription Drugs Common and Dangerous

2015-01-19 12:26
drinking and prescription drugs

We often hear about the dangers of drinking and driving, but drinking alcohol and taking prescription drugs is a common and dangerous combination as well. Do you know anyone who is following this harmful habit?

Think about family members and friends you know who are taking prescription medications for their heart, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, pain, or sleep problems.

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Could Texting Improve Prescription Compliance and Save Money?

2014-12-07 18:00
texting and prescription compliance

Texting is such a popular activity, why not capitalize on it as a way to help improve healthcare and save money. That is exactly what seems to be the conclusion of a recent study from Queen Mary University of London, in which the authors found that texting reminders to patients about taking their medications improved prescription compliance, which could lead to cost savings as well as save lives.

Will individuals really pay attention to such text messages?

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Prescription drugs cause more fatal crashes than cannabis

2014-06-24 10:21
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There's been a great deal of concern about the high number of fatal car crashes caused by drivers who are high on alcohol or illicit marijuana. Clearly, the use of alcohol and marijuana alters perceptions in manners which undermines the ability to drive well. However, there has been an even bigger problem of fatal crashes emerging with the use of prescription drugs.

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Chronically ill poor Americans often must choose food over needed medicine

2014-03-25 12:17
Struggling in poverty

There are Americans who are so poor that they often can not afford needed medications. These Americans are often actually living in fear of not having enough food to eat if they buy certain needed medications. It appears in such cases these people either do not understand the possible welfare programs which could help them, or welfare programs which could benefit them in such a crisis situation are simply not available where they are living.

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FDA ruling cracks down on this popular pain reliever’s use

2014-01-14 22:01
 FDA recommends prescription combination products not contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen

The FDA has issued safety information to healthcare providers, recommending that they discontinue prescribing prescription combination products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet or capsule. This is in hopes to reduce the chances for overdose and liver failure.

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