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Antidepressants Cut Effectiveness of Tamoxifen

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Tamoxifen, a breast cancer medicine used by millions of women, doesn’t work when taken with antidepressants like Eli Lilly & Co.’s Prozac, Pfizer Inc.’s Zoloft and GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s Paxil, a study says. Tumors were more than twice as likely to return after two years in women taking the antidepressants while on the cancer drug, compared […]

Viral Load Tied to Kidney Function

Friday, May 29th, 2009

As viral load increases so does the risk of kidney problems, according to a study published in the June 1 issue of AIDS and reported by aidsmap. Fortunately, with decreases in viral load and increases in CD4 cells resulting from antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, kidney function is likely to improve.   Studies show that kidney failure […]

New Treatments Ease Suffering During Summer Allergy Season

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The late rains of spring may have helped reduce the drought threat in Northern California, but they could also cause pollen counts to rise and persist into summer. By Mark Zeme, M.D For allergy sufferers, that can mean more itchy eyes and congested noses in June, July and August. Initially, rains and wet weather clear […]

States consider reducing drug help for seniors as a cost-cutting measure.

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The AP (5/28, Henry) reports, “The financial crisis has grown so severe that lawmakers in Rhode Island and five other states have debated whether to cut or reduce the state funding that helps seniors and disabled people…buy their drugs.” For example, cuts in “the program in Rhode Island would save about $700,000 and affect around […]

Diabetes Drug May Aid Psoriasis Control

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The diabetes drug pioglitazone (Actos) significantly improved psoriasis control when added to oral acitretin (Soriatane), data from a small clinical trial demonstrated. The combination led to a 64.2% reduction in psoriasis severity compared with 51.7% for acitretin alone, Sunil Dogra, M.D., of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, and colleagues […]

Contraceptive sponge re-introduced to more limited expectations.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

On the front of its Business Day section, the New York Times (5/23, B1, Singer) reported that “the Today Sponge, a spermicide-coated polyurethane barrier placed in the vagina to inhibit sperm,” was expected to be re-introduced by a new distributor over the weekend, “hoping to reclaim” its status as the “most popular form of over-the-counter […]

Taking the confusion out of choosing supplements

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Today, it is a fact of life that many women are juggling career, family, household responsibilities, and often sacrificing their own needs to take care of those around them. Some of the main health concerns that women face today are a result of these stressful and hectic lifestyles. Stress is linked to heart disease, cancer, […]

Research suggests fenofibrate may reduce risk of amputation in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Dow Jones Newswires (5/22, Stovall) reports that “using fenofibrate to lower blood fats in people with type 2 diabetes reduces the risk of a first diabetes-related amputation by 36 percent, according to” research published in the Lancet.         The AP (5/22, Cheng) explains that investigators followed nearly “10,000 patients aged 50 to 75 with type […]

Battle Of The Impotence Drugs Reveals No Clear Winner

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

A survey which was designed to see which of the three impotence drugs, Viagra, Levitra or Cialis is the most effective has not been 100 percent conclusive.  The survey which was undertaken by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality which is a section of the United States Dept of Health and Human Services was […]

Affordable ways to deal with allergies

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Sneezing, sore throat and itchy eyes are all symptoms a lot of people suffer from in the spring. How can you get relief and not break the bank when it comes to allergies? “It never really goes away,” says Dr. Jim Harris, an allergist with the South Bend Clinic. “It’s pretty much all summer long.” […]

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