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Tamiflu 30 Mg and 45 Mg Capsules Approved by FDA

...ken within 12-48 hours of symptom onset, antiviral medications like Tamiflu can help reduce the duration of symptoms. Tamiflu can also be used preventively to help avoid the flu altogether. Clinical trials have shown Tamiflu to be up to 89 percent effective in preventing influenza illness when taken within 48 ...

Drinking Problem Plagues 30% Americans

... support groups or other forms of counseling. Some medications are also available that can help alcoholics abstain from drinking, including naltrexone, which acts on opioid receptors in the brain. The low number of people who sought treatment shouldnt be surprising, said John Schwarzlose, president of the Bet...

Reduction in Antidepressant Leads to Suicidal Risks

...essees expanded Medicaid program. Antidepressant medications are frequently used to treat depression among children and teens, but in 2003 data emerged regarding an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior among young patients taking these drugs, according to background information in the article. In...

Anti-depressants Do Not Increase the Overall Risk of Most Birth Defects

...-market surveillance is in assessing the safety of medications in pregnancy. During pre-approval, drugs are teste.... So we must start monitoring the effects of these medications as soon as they reach consumers, and keep monitoring for as long as it takes to get good data on ris...

Diabetics Risking Health by Using Alternative Medications Without Consultation

...patients are already on other blood sugar lowering medications as well," she said. The researcher carried out a review of international health literature, and found that nutritional supplements and herbal medicines were the most commonly used complementary and alternative therapies in diabetes. Although the...

New Strategy to Counter Problem Drinking

...ge to drink, Anton said. Patients must take most medications for alcohol treatment daily. Nalmefene taken as needed fits into the harm reduction treatment approach. The drug is an opioid antagonist that works to block the effects of endorphins. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved nalmefe...

Kids With Crohn's Disease are at Ease Now

...lly. The risk/benefit ratio of these very powerful medications clearly needs to favor a successful therapeutic outcome, said Dubinsky. Drieband adds that, the new center is wonderful. Its really cozy and more private than the adult infusion center where I used to go. I can watch a movie but I usually fall asl...

A New Therapy to Protect Cancer Patients Against Infertility

...o analyse whether similar treatments work, but the medications used have been long-acting and therefore cause shutdown for the whole time the patient is in chemo. This means that patients get unpleasant side effects related to having low oestrogen levels, such as hot flushes, and can also lead to loss of bone ...

Exercise Reduces Inflammation

...cipants included only individuals who did not take medications that included corticosteroids, which could interfere with immune measurements. Smokers and/or those with severe arthritis, a history of cancer or inflammatory disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, congestive...

Brain Pathway for Depression Revealed

...d slices from rats treated with the antidepressant medications fluoxetine and imipramine. The team carried out ...similar symptoms and also get better from the same medications that work on humans. In these rats, they found an alteration in electrical activity flow through t...

Hormone Replacement Therapy Liberation at a Cost

... Therapy is treatment with prescription hormonal medications to restore a woman's declining hormone levels. Therapy with hormones provides relief from menopausal symptoms and was known to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. But recent studies have also indicated a possible link of HRT with incre...

Erection Drugs Don't Boost Men's Self-esteem

...n's esteem a boost. "This just goes to show that medications are not a magic pill to improve the sex lives of men," News.com.au quoted Dr Matic, as saying. "Overall, wellbeing was not improved in the men who had used medical interventions for their ED." "In fact there was no difference in the reports, rega...

Experts Propose New Criteria for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

... and accuracy. "When effective disease-modifying medications are available, the argument for such biologically based studies will be even more compelling," conclude the authors. "These proposed criteria move away from the traditional two-step approach of first identifying dementia according to degree of func...

Clinically Proven Probiotic Supplement Now Available to Pharmacists

...ngs, stress levels, illness and the use of certain medications -- particularly antibiotics. Further, new research suggests that people who suffer from digestive disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), may have a pronounced disruption of bacterial balance. "ALIGN was developed to help people with a w...

Clinicians Ordering Inappropriate Prostate Screenings

...te cancer, were not taking prostate cancerspecific medications or had not undergone related procedures. Of the 232,302 PSA tests ordered during the study period, 37,483 (16.1 percent) were considered inappropriate, with 35,612 (15.3 percent) performed in patients older than 75 years and 1,871 (0.8 percent) in ...

Electronic Health Records Shows No Improvement in Quality of Outpatient Care

...ystems can flag potential problems, such as mixing medications that might trigger a bad reaction, and provide advice about which tests to order or which medications to prescribe. Past studies have assessed the use of electronic health records in hospitals, where ...

Milk Thistle Extract Effective in Cancer Treatment

...e of milk thistle as an anticancer agent. No other medications or supplements are currently available that preserve liver function and provide clinical benefits," write the guest editors in their opening editorial. "The clinical potential for a liver-protective supplement in cancer care is significant, as I've...

Alternative Option for Type2 Diabetes Treatment

A class of medications known as incretin-based therapy, which act via cer...er medications. The effectiveness of this class of medications in managing type 2 diabetes is not well understood. Renee E. Amori, M.D., of Tufts-New England Med...

Psychiatric Patients Ill-treated in Emergency Rooms, US Officials Say

...spital administrators. ER staff give psychiatric medications but are not trained to provide comprehensive psychiatric care, they said. And many of these patients stay in ERs for days without proper treatment because of backlogs in psychiatric facilities, creating potentially volatile situations for those patie...

Patients Taking Inhaled Steroids may Develop Pneumonia

...s and that reduction in risk was observed once the medications were stopped. Among all patients taking inhaled steroids, there was a 53 percent increase in pneumonia deaths within 30 days of being admitted to the hospital. The investigators noted that these findings are particularly relevant, given that pneumo...

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