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Exercises beneficial for Kidney Disease Patients

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Exercise has several known health benefits, but people with chronic conditions are often not exercising the way they need to. A recent study shows that an exercise and lifestyle change program can lead to healthier heart and lungs for patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. The researchers in this study reported that there was a […]

Regularity in Sleep Better than Longer Sleep

Friday, August 30th, 2013

A Swiss study shows that regularity in sleep at night could result in greater subjective wellbeing to a significant degree than longer sleep time. According to the study, sleep time variability was a consistent measure to predict poor subjective wellbeing. The results were based on the Mood and Anxiety Symptom Questionnaire and Satisfaction with Life […]

Lack of Adherence in Antibiotic Prescriptions for Respiratory Problems

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

A recent U.S. study suggests that there is lack of adherence to the usage guidelines for antibiotic prescriptions in treating respiratory conditions like URTI (Upper Respiratory Tract Infection), pharyngitis, and sinusitis. The study shows that only 57 percent of the observed patients received treatment as per the set guidelines. Attending physicians were found to vary […]

Illinois Woman on Luvox has Music in Her Ears

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

A recent case from Illinois raises some interesting questions regarding memory loss and recall. The case, reported by two neurologists, is of a 60-year old woman who has had bilateral sensory-neural hearing loss and tinnitus. She reported hearing music when trying to sleep one night, like a radio in her head. Four months later, she […]

Lower Blood Pressure by Metoprolol Not Good for Kidney Disease

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

A recent study done by Case Western Reserve University researchers shows that blood pressure level lower than the usual target does not slow down kidney disease rate. High blood pressure is on of the leading causes for kidney disease, with African Americans at an increased risk of this condition. The study was done to see […]

Diabetes Risk and Ziprasidone

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Antipsychotic medications are commonly associated with serious side effects, but a recent study shows that these side effects could include increased diabetes risk and weight gain among children and teenagers too. The study focused on a large number of children and teenagers prescribed ziprasidone or other antipsychotic medicines for certain mental conditions they were diagnosed […]

Increased Usage of Proventil and Other Asthma Drugs among Children

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

An increasing number of children carry Proventil or some other allergy medication with them during classes. Allergies are now an increasingly major concern in the classroom, as children find themselves allergic to many foods and other items commonly present in schools. Around 2.2 million children suffering from food allergies today, according to Dr. Douglas Jones, […]

Pravastatin Therapy May Reduce Hospitalization Frequency and Medical Bills

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

A recently published five-year study showed that pravastatin therapy may help reduce the rate of hospitalization and healthcare costs significantly over a 15-year period. The drug is already linked to reduced heart attack and stroke risks, but this new study shows that it could help save significant medical costs. The study, done by Alex McConnachie […]

Rhinocort Useful in Treating Mild Asthma

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Inhaled steroids like budesonide (brand name Rhinocort) could be useful in treating mild asthma. A recent study showed that this group of drugs is associated with less frequency of asthma attacks and more symptom-free days. There have been a few other studies to look for links between inhaled steroids and asthma, but their results have […]

Cost of Generic Proventil and Other Drugs to Rise Soon

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

In Kansas City, third-generation pharmacist Spalitto is worried about the rising cost of certain generic drugs. Albuterol (brand name Proventil) cost $18.99 for 100 pills, but in March the price jumped to $579.55. Other medications like Divalproex (anti-seizure) cost $1,629.95 this month, increased from $122.99. “That would be like going to the gas pump at […]

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