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Depression and The Recession: Cymbalta Sales Are on the Rise

Monday, August 31st, 2009

During a downturn, we tend to seek the “bright spots” — sectors or products that are doing well when all the rest are struggling. For example, there were plenty of reports over the past year about retail items — lipstick, chocolate, and macaroni and cheese — that were bucking downward trends and selling well during […]

Reflux Rebound

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

If you are like millions of Americans, you probably suffer from acid reflux, at least once in a while. And many take acid-blocking drugs to relieve the symptoms. However, sometimes those drugs can end up causing the very problem they’re meant to treat. Its a phenomenon called rebound that’s well known in other areas of […]

Investigators evaluate role medication adherence plays in asthma patient outcomes.

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

 MedPage Today (8/27, Bankhead) reported, “Oral controller medications led to better asthma outcomes compared with inhaled steroids because patients were more likely to take the drugs,” according to a paper appearing in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. When “adherence was not an issue, inhaled corticosteroids reduced the risk of emergency department visits and hospitalization and were associated […]

Treatments and Remedies to Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Afflicting one in seven women, the symptoms of IBS are rampant, but correct diagnoses are not. By Janis Graham Some things just hit you in the gut: Rumors are heating up in your office that there are going to be more layoffs, or the principal calls (your eighth grader is acting up again), and your […]

Tenofovir Not Necessarily Hard on the Kidneys

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Tenofovir (found in Viread, Truvada and Atripla) as part of a first HIV regimen isn’t necessarily harder on the kidneys than drugs such as Ziagen (abacavir), according to a study published online August 25 in AIDS. The combination of tenofovir with a Norvir (ritonavir)–boosted protease inhibitor (PI), however, did demonstrate reductions in kidney function. Though […]

Know how to battle that headache

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Source: Dallas Morning News When it comes to fighting headaches, instant gratification is ideal. It’s easy to pop a couple of pain pills and move on with your daily activities. But doctors say the most common remedy used by headache sufferers could actually be a major source of the problem. Too many pain relievers can […]

WHO chief urges preparedness for second wave of swine flu.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

 AFP (8/21) reports, “World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan on Friday urged governments to prepare for a likely second wave of swine flu cases, cautioning they will face tough decisions on how to dispense vaccines. ‘We cannot say for certain whether the worst is over or the worst is yet to come,’ Chan said via […]

Taking care of stomach ulcers

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

By Judy Rupp Eric grew up thinking of ulcers as a lifelong disorder brought on by emotional stress and treated by eating bland food and drinking warm milk. As Eric learned when he developed ulcers himself, he was wrong on all counts. An ulcer is an open sore in the lining of the stomach, esophagus […]

Hip fracture rates have dropped, Canada study finds

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Source: Reuters Hip fracture rates have declined among the elderly for a variety of reasons, but the disabling injury is still a major health threat as populations age, Canadian researchers said on Tuesday. A steady year-over-year decline in fracture rates since 1985 predates widespread use of drugs used to treat osteoporosis and preserve bone density, […]

Detectable HIV Levels Dont Necessarily Increase the Risk of Cognitive Decline

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Having a viral load over 1,000 copies doesn’t necessarily increase the risk for cognitive decline—at least in people with high CD4 counts—according to a study published online August 18 in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Recent studies have suggested that people living with HIV are experiencing health problems associated with aging—such as a […]

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