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New gel could deliver medication better than pills

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

For people having trouble swallowing pills, a new gel method may make it easier for them and also delay the release of the medication for maximum effect.
The gel is made of a natural sugar called gellan gum, and its potential was uncovered in a project led by Alan Smith, who runs a lab at the [...]

Grazoprevir-elbasvir combination may treat hepatitis C

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

A new study has found that the combination of grazoprevir-elbasvir may be an effective option to treat hepatitis C. The researchers called this combination “A potent new therapeutic option for chronic HCV infection.”
However, Tom Schnorr, RPh, CCN, owner of Apothecary Shop Pharmacy and Austin Compounding Pharmacy in Austin, Texas, said, “It’s still in clinical trials, [...]

Playground injuries more likely when parents use electronic devices

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

According to two new studies, children were likely to be less safe from injuries in a playground if their parents or caretakers were using their smartphones or other electronic devices.
The US sees over 200,000 children aged 14 years or less treated in emergency rooms for playground-related injuries every year, according to the CDC.
The studies were [...]

Cigar no less risky than cigarettes

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Cigars are commonly considered safer than cigarettes because they are generally not inhaled, but a new study suggests that they may carry the same health risks.
The study found that cigars had similar ties to heart disease, lung cancer and other health conditions that are linked to cigarette smoking. The notion that cigars are less dangerous [...]

Osteoporosis may lead to sudden hearing loss

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

According to a new study, osteoporosis patients may have a greater risk of sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), or sudden deafness.
The study was led Kai-Jen Tien, MD, of Chi Mei Medical Center in Tainan, Taiwan. The authors noted that they did not know the reason for the link between SSHL and weak bones, but Tien [...]

High sugar may relieve stress, but overconsumption could have risks

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

According to a new study, sugar-sweetened beverages may subdue stress responses in the brain, but this raises concerns that overconsumption of sugar may trigger other health problems like obesity.
The study was led by Kevin Laugero, PhD, of the University of California, Davis, and the Agricultural Research Service. It found that diet drinks with aspartame did [...]

Light smokers underestimate tobacco health risks

Friday, April 17th, 2015

According to a new French study, smoking even a few cigarettes a day could have many risks, and smokers may be underestimating them. The authors of the study noted that this denial among smokers may indicate the need for greater public health education.
The study was led by Dr. Laurent Greillier, an oncologist at Hopital Nord [...]

Breast cancer patients may have memory, basic brain function problems

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

According to a new German study, breast cancer patients may impact the cognitive ability of patients. The study found that patients may develop problems with basic brain functions and memory, even before beginning chemotherapy, which is known to affect cognition.
The study from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich was led by Dr. Kerstin Hermelink, of Munich University Hospital. [...]

C-Sections being performed too often

Monday, April 13th, 2015

According to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), cesarean sections or C-sections are likely being performed too often.
The C-section has become a common practice in the US, but the WHO’s latest report indicates this could be dangerous to the mother and children in some cases, and C-sections should be performed only if they are [...]

Aspirin being used to prevent heart attack, stroke

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

A new study in the US has found that an increasing number of adults are taking aspirin on a daily basis, hoping to prevent heart attack or stroke. However, the study noted that aspirin is actually not recommended for preventing either problem, and may even have other health risks.
The study was led by Dr. Craig [...]

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