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Plavix May Reduce Death Risk In Patients With Certain Heart Conditions.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

HealthDay (3/22, Preidt) reported that “Plavix [clopidogrel] is of modest benefit in cutting the odds of death in patients with heart failure and heart attack who don’t undergo angioplasty,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In the study, “there were 812 deaths (32.2 [...]

Statins may reduce risk for renal dysfunction in Type 2 diabetes

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Use of statins reduces the risk for renal dysfunction in individuals with Type 2 diabetes, report researchers.
“Amongst all diabetes-associated complications, diabetic nephropathy has probably the most detrimental consequences resulting in dialysis and heightened cardiovascular risks,” say Ronald Ma (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China) and colleagues.
As high cholesterol has been associated with increased risk [...]

Clean out your medicine cabinet

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Clean out your medicine cabinet. Have peace of mind by storing your medications correctly and keeping them up to date. Audrey gets advice from an expert!
Tips for cleaning out your medicine cabinet:

Once a year, at a minimum, go through the medicine cabinet and dispose of any unwanted or expired medications.
Obtain a replacement prescription if necessary.
Medications [...]

Add-on montelukast may protect asthmatics against excessive airway narrowing

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Asthma patients taking inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) may benefit from add-on therapy with the leukotriene receptor antagonist (LTRA) montelukast to protect against excessive airway narrowing, say researchers.
“Excessive airway narrowing in response to broncho-active stimuli is a predictor for severe exacerbations in asthma,” explain Z Diamant (Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and C Ulrik (Hvidovre [...]

Seniors In Medicare Drug Plans’ Coverage Gap See Dramatic Price Increases.

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Kaiser Health News (3/16, Marcy) reports, “Seniors who hit the coverage gap in their Medicare prescription drug plans and must use their own money to buy drugs are facing price increases that are far outpacing inflation,” according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that prices “increased 5 [...]

Measuring BP variability could improve stroke risk prediction

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Visit-to-visit variability in blood pressure (BP) is a powerful predictor of people’s stroke risk, and may help to guide antihypertensive prescribing, shows research.
“Guidelines regard visit-to-visit variability in BP as noise that has to be purged from the diagnostic process,” says Peter Rothwell (John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK) in a review in The Lancet.
Estimation of [...]

Keep Your Thyroid Healthy Naturally

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

By Suzy Cohen, R.Ph., Lifescript Pharmacist
You’ve been told you’re fine when you know that you’re not. You’re sick, tired and aggravated. What could be wrong? It may be your thyroid. I’ll explain how to keep this vital gland in tip-top health…
Have you been given an antidepressant when you’re not depressed? Told your fatigue is [...]

Heart lipid content decreases with regular exercise

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Regular exercise can markedly lower cardiac lipid content in overweight individuals as well as improving ejection fraction, a study suggests.
The decreased lipid content in the heart is opposite to the increased lipid content seen in skeletal muscle seen after exercise training, the researchers note.
They believe that “cardiac lipid content could be used as a risk [...]

Asthma Fatalities Linked To Controller Medicine Underuse.

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

MedPage Today (3/4, Gever) reported, “Almost everyone who died from an out-of-hospital acute asthma attack in Milwaukee over a four-year period had one thing in common: they weren’t using inhaled corticosteroids,” according to researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin. “Of 22 out-of-hospital asthma deaths from 2004 to 2008, the [...]

Study supports pollution link to asthma in childhood

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Source: MedWire News
Exposure to increased levels of air pollution in early childhood is associated with an increased risk for asthma and related symptoms at the age of 8 years, research shows.
“Exposure to ambient air pollution can exacerbate existing asthma,” explain Ulrike Gehring (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) and team. “The role of exposure to ambient air [...]

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