Thursday, January 18, 2018

Women Reluctant to Take Tamoxifen to Prevent Breast Cancer, Says Study

Ninety-four percent of women studied said they were not likely to take Tamoxifen for breast-cancer prevention, even when they were well informed about the drugs benefits and side effects, with many women citing the side effects of the drug as a reason not to take Tamoxifen. Eighty percent of the participants worried about the drug’s […]

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Winter Brings Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Risk to Infants

While there has been much focus on H1N1 flu this winter, there are other respiratory illnesses that pose a threat to children, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can be especially severe in infants. RSV is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. While most healthy people recover from RSV infection, […]

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Flu Symptoms: Seasonal and H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

The symptoms for all flu, including H1N1 (Swine) flu, are similar. They include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, and chills. Warning SignsIf you have H1N1 flu, you should stay home, follow your doctor’s orders, and watch for signs that you need immediate medical attention. If you are taking care […]

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Autism Treatment Should Include Parent Training Along with Medication, Says Study

Treatment that includes medication plus a structured training program for parents reduces serious behavioral problems in children with autism and related conditions, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The study, which was part of the NIMH Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology (RUPP) Autism Network, was published in the […]

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Plavix Warning: Avoid Use with Prilosec, Says FDA

Patients should avoid using the stomach acid reducer Prilosec/Prilosec OTC (omeprazole) with the anti-clotting drug Plavix (clopidogrel), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Nov. 17. New data suggest that when patients take both Prilosec and Plavix, Plavix’s ability to block platelet aggregation (anti-clotting effect) may be reduced by about half. “Both of these […]

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Fibroids: Alternative Therapies

Fibroids are benign tissue growths on the uterus. About 30 percent of women have fibroids, though fewer than half ever show symptoms. Fibroids, also called uterine leiomyoma, are the main cause of hysterectomy.

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Shingles Pain Relief Drug Approved by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the approval of Qutenza (capsaicin) 8% patch, a medicated skin patch that relieves the pain of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a serious complication that can occur after a bout with shingles. The drug is approved for long-term pain relief after shingles attacks. Shingles is an outbreak of rash […]

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Dietary Supplements and Type 2 Diabetes

Some people with diabetes use Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies for their health condition. For example, they may try acupuncture or biofeedback to help with painful symptoms. Some use dietary supplements in efforts to improve their blood glucose control, manage symptoms, and lessen the risk of developing serious complications such as heart problems. In […]

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Prostate Cancer Prevention with Selenium and Vitamin E Supplements

Initial, independent review of study data from the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT), funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and other institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Health shows that selenium and vitamin E supplements, taken either alone or together, did not prevent prostate cancer. The data also showed two […]

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Emphysema Overview: Causes and Symptoms

Some 2 million Americans have emphysema. It’s a terrible disease of slow suffocation, overwhelmingly caused by decades of smoking. Everyone knows that smoking causes the vast majority of the nation’s 160,000 annual lung cancer deaths. Most people know that smoking contributes to many of the 740,000 deaths from heart disease. But few know that emphysema […]

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