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Follicular Unit Transplant to Cure Baldness

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is gaining popularity for men looking to overcome their baldness. By the age of 50 around 40 percent of men will have some baldness and this can have large impacts on the self esteem. However just 20 percent of them are said to actually take measures to help stop the loss. […]

Why generic drugs are cheaper and just as safe

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Source: Examiner.com, by Sheila Guilloton   Brand name drugs still have a large share of the $130 billion prescription drug market in the U.S.  The big drug companies do spend billions of dollars developing, testing and marketing new drugs. Their objective is no mystery.  It is to provide a good return to their shareholders on their […]

ONE IN SEVEN SENIORS FACES SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK CUTS IN 2010

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Close to seven million seniors — one in every seven — will receive a smaller Social Security check next year, according to a new analysis by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). Millions of other seniors who do not have their Medicare premiums automatically deducted from their checks will also have fewer Social Security dollars leftover […]

Statins May Protect Brain From Alzheimer’s Disease

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

New research shows that taking statins (cholesterol lowering drugs), can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in addition to promoting heart health. Cholesterol lowering drugs have a protective effect on nerve cells that become damaged in the presence of Alzheimer’s disease. Professor Ulrich Eisel, Department of Molecular Neurobiology, University of Groningen, Dolga and colleagues excessively […]

Many Americans Still Have Limited Knowledge of Generic Drugs

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Nearly One-Third Don’t Know or Believe Generics Have Same Active Ingredients and Effectiveness as Brand-Name Drugs; Two-Thirds Don’t Understand Cost Differences 71 Percent Remain Concerned About Drug Costs with One in Four Having Recently Delayed Filling, Not Filled, or Not Taken a Prescription as Instructed to Save Money A new survey by Prescription Solutions, a […]

More patients across the world lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

The percentage of patients lowering their elevated “bad” cholesterol to within target levels nearly doubled in the last decade, according to a multi-national survey reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. In the Lipid Treatment Assessment Project (L-TAP) 2 — a survey of nearly 10,000 patients (average age 62) from nine countries undergoing […]

NSAIDs may help men avoid developing prostate problems, research suggests.

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

HealthDay (6/20, Doheny) reported, “Taking over-the-counter painkillers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, might help men avoid prostate problems,” an assertion based on a Mayo Clinic study in which were evaluated. In fact, “men who took nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) daily had a reduction of about 50 percent in enlargement of the prostate gland.” Furthermore, “a […]

Self-help for varicose veins

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Source: ConsumerReports.org Self-help for varicose veins   There’s no evidence that anything you do can prevent or get rid of your varicose veins. But there are some things that doctors recommend to help with your symptoms. These things may stop your symptoms from getting worse and keep at bay possible problems. Many of the following […]

Quitting smoking: Cold turkey with a side of support

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

By Louis Neipris, M.D., Staff Writer, myOptumHealth.com A co-worker wants to chit-chat. You are curt and fidgety. You snap, “not now!” Then you apologize and admit that you’re not yourself today. What’s missing? You reach for your cigarettes in your shirt pocket and a feeling of panic sets in. They’re gone! You quit smoking just […]

Drug used in treating cancer found to improve aging skin

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Secondary benefits of prescription medications is not an uncommon find in the world of medicine. In the past, patients treated with a chemotherapy drug for certain cancers noted skin improvement. A new study confirms anti-aging results. A topical prescription cream currently on the market for treating precancerous lesions caused by sun damage may have a […]

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