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  • Drugs
    Which common medications could raise your risk for dementia?
    Could common medications, both prescription and OTC, actually raise your risk of dementia? The answer is yes, according to a new study.The drugs included in that study were:Amitriptyline (Elavil)AtropineBenztropine (Cogentin)Chlorpheniramine ...
  • Pediatric ER
    Medication problems cause 1 in 12 pediatric ER visits
    Findings from a new study indicate that many children are seen in the emergency room as a result of medication-related events. The research, published in the Feb. 2 online edition of Pediatrics, found that at one Canadian children’s hospital...
  • Beware of certain medications if you are going to drive
    Never take these medications when driving
    My son-in-law teaches both in-class and behind-the-wheel driving. He teaches his students that to be a safe driver one needs concentration, alertness and an ability to react in a coordinated and timely fashion. I am certain he also teaches them...
  • opioids
    Be careful when you use opioids
    There are very few purists as compared to people who medicate by using over the counter drugs for minor pain from athritis to headaches. However, for stronger pain we might be prescribed an opioid.These drugs reduce or eliminate pain by binding...
  • Children with ASD have trouble sleeping
    Children with ASD more likely to have sleep disorders; medications may help
    A new study indicates that children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have more sleeping problems than those without the disorder, especially at certain ages. Researchers at California State University in San Bernandino had 108 mothers of...
  • Drugs
    Compassionate use of Chimerix drug denied for Josh Hardy
    Josh Hardy has been denied the compassionate use of a Chimerix drug that may help him fight a virus. CNN reports on March 10 that his family believes the brincidofovir medication made by the Chimerix company could save him. However, multiple...
  • CVS gearing up for cold/allergy season
    Get ready for cold and allergy season with help from CVS
    Some say allergy season is right around the corner, but it is knocking on some people’s door waiting to come in. This means sneezing, congestion, runny noses and other bothersome symptoms.Thankfully, CVS/pharmacy provides a number of...
  • Pneumonia symptoms
    Temperature below zero in the Washington DC area: watch out for pneumonia.
    Pneumonia is the most common cause of death worldwide. With temperature getting down in the single digit, the elderly, children, people with HIV as well as patients suffering from AIDS are at greater risks of catching pneumonia. Everyone with a...
  • drugs
    Obamacare's latest revelation: May lose your drugs too
    As the discussion revolving around the revelation that one cannot keep his health care plan or doctor continues, it is now being found out that one may likely not be able to keep his meds either, according to a Forbes report on Monday.70% of...
  • Seniors and Part D Medicare
    Geography may determine the medications you are prescribed
    News sources on Monday released a study by the Dartmouth Atlas Project, showing that differences in geography, where a senior lives, may determine the quality as well as the type of medication they may receive.What this means for seniors is that...
  • Medication bottles don't tell you much
    Are generic medications really the same as name brand?
    When I stay in France for long periods of time, inevitably I find that I have forgotten a medication I need. There, you rarely need prescriptions for the medications we get here. You just go to a pharmacy and tell them what you need. Of course, it...
  • Drud Take-Back Day
    Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day in Virginia
    The Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration reminded everyone on Friday that tomorrow, Saturday is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the country. It will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.Drug Take-Back Day is a day...
  • Popular medications may be toxic for pets
    Popular medications may be toxic for pets
    Animal lovers, beware. Several commonly used medications for humans can be absolutely deadly for pets. Occasionally, even a single pill may prove to be a fatal dose for a pet.Accidental pet poisonings from prescription or over-the-counter drugs...
  • Defining heart disease,  part 7, section B-4
    Defining heart disease, part 7, section B-3
    Previously, lifestyles and medications were discussed as ways to treat and prevent heart disease. Remember, medication therapy includes many options to lower blood pressure, such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzymes) and...
  • Exercise just as effective as drugs to slow heart disease and prediabetes
    Exercise just as effective as drugs to slow heart disease and prediabetes
    A new study published in the October 2013 issue of the British Medical Journal found that exercise is just as effective as drugs in the secondary prevention, the worsening of symptoms of an existing condition, of coronary heart disease and...
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