Drugs

A new study examined the risk of mortality with long-term use of heartburn medicine, finding PPIs associated with increased mortality. Heartburn medications are some of the most commonly used drugs in North America, both with or without a prescription. However, their widespread and unnecessary usage may have serious long-term health effects. Medications for heartburn and
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Researchers from the University of South Florida, U.S analyzed the risk of concussion in children who played sports. Sports-related injuries are a common occurrence Among the different sports injuries, concussion (temporary unconsciousness due to head trauma) is a serious health issue. Concussion in children can have long-term health consequences in brain development.  However, very little
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Blood donation can do a lot more to help than you probably think. Happy World Blood Donor Day, enjoy the cookies and juice! Is blood more than the sum of its parts? It’s not likely and that’s a great thing! In the past blood was collected, stored, and used for transfusions when needed. Now blood
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A recent study assessed the cognitive, behavioral, psychological, and metabolic benefits of naps in children. Poor sleep affects physical, mental, and psychological factors in children. Napping may be valuable in insufficient sleep compensation and reduction of daytime sleepiness. Napping is practiced as part of a healthy lifestyle in China, among all age groups. In most
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US experts reviewed research into the possible causes of OCD and the potential for using cannabinoids in treating the condition. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness in which the sufferer has unwanted intrusive obsessive thoughts that make them extremely anxious and distressed. These thoughts are combined with repetitive compulsive behaviors that they act out
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New research examines the trends in injuries related to single-use laundry detergent packets, since the implementation of a 2015 product safety standard. Single-use laundry detergent packets, such as Tide Pods, are popular in modern households due to their convenience, cost, and visual appeal. While these products may seem harmless, they are poisonous when ingested, causing
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Researchers developed a non-invasive therapy that generates diffused and low‐intensity magnetic stimulation to treat post-concussion symptoms. Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury, is the most common form of traumatic brain injury that affects an individual’s brain function. It can occur with violent shaking and movement of the head or body, which can occur
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June 7 is World Tourette Awareness Day. Here we discuss four little known facts about Tourette Syndrome. Nearly one in every 162 children have Tourette Syndrome. In the United States, only about 0.3% children aged between six and seventeen have been diagnosed, which suggests that nearly half of the children who have Tourette’s are not
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In a recent study, researchers determine whether a chemical component of a weed killer is linked to liver disease. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a debilitating disease that, in developed countries, is ranked as the most common chronic liver disease. In rodent studies, animals fed with glyphosate – one of the main ingredients in
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A study using smart watches to measure sleep in preschoolers who had TVs in their rooms shows how it affects sleep quality and quantity. Sleep quantity and quality play a tremendous role in children’s healthy development. According to the American Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, toddlers and preschoolers 1 to 5 years old should
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A new study published in the journal Health Psychology has examined the link between depression and chronic diseases in women. A large portion of the working population today face an increased susceptibility to multiple chronic diseases due to hectic work schedules, lack of physical exercise, exposure to environmental pollutants, and unhealthy eating habits. The work demands
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New research investigates the association of high cholesterol and the use of statins on glaucoma risk. Statin medications are commonly prescribed in patients with high cholesterol for cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention. Besides lowering cholesterol, statins have other beneficial effects that could be useful in treating other diseases and disorders. One such disease statins may
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Researchers have developed a tool that can accurately predict the risk of epileptic seizures in pregnancy. In the United States, over 1 million women of childbearing age have epilepsy. Antiepileptic drugs are known to be associated with congenital malformations, growth retardation, and neurocognitive development deficit. The dilemma to use or not to use antiepileptic drugs
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In a recent study, researchers tested different types of antibiotics as a potential endometriosis treatment. Endometriosis is a chronic condition that can lead to pelvic and lower abdominal pain and infertility. About 10% of women between 25 and 40 years old have endometriosis. This condition can cause a significant reduction in quality of life. Endometriosis
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In a recent study, researchers examined the potential risks and benefits associated with vaccines and breastfeeding. A recent article published in Breastfeeding Medicine describes a study conducted at the University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences that examined the risks associated with vaccinating breastfeeding women. The researcher reviewed the most
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Current options to treat cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy; but will there ever be a cancer vaccine? Vaccines are a powerful method to prevent infectious diseases. They work by stimulating the immune system to mount a reaction against dangerous germs. The success of vaccines in controlling infectious diseases prompted scientists to explore their use
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A study investigating the effects of saffron in children and teens suggest potential as an alternative herbal treatment for ADHD. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neuropsychiatric disorder often seen in childhood and adolescence. It is a chronic disorder that results in problems such as poor concentration and impulse control. An estimated 30% of patients
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A recent study suggests that older people who regularly use sleeping pills may end up needing more blood pressure medications to control their blood pressure. High blood pressure is a common condition among older aged people. Fortunately, blood pressure medications can reduce blood pressure and therefore reduce the cardiovascular risks associated with the condition. Sleep
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A new study compared the safety and effectiveness of early combined immunosuppression and conventional treatment in older patients with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two main subtypes of inflammatory bowel disease, a chronic inflammatory condition involving the gut. Inflammatory bowel disease was long believed to be a disease of the young.
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Researchers in the United States have potentially developed a fibromyalgia blood test to accurately diagnose the disease. An estimated 4 million adults in the United States have fibromyalgia, with women four-to-nine times more likely than men to be diagnosed. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body. People with fibromyalgia may
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A new study evaluated colchicine, a drug used for gout treatment, to improve a complication of diabetes called metabolic syndrome. Approximately one-third of adults in the United States have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of conditions such as increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, increased body fat, and increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels
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