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More Than a Third of Americans Prescribed Opioids in 2015

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Millions of Americans suffer from a wide-range of debilitating chronic conditions that make everyday life painful. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 1 in every 4 Americans – around 76 million people – suffer from chronic pain that lasts for more than 24 hours. A large percentage of those Americans are being prescribed […]

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A Popular Prostate Drug Increases Diabetes Risk

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Researchers have discovered that treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – an enlarged prostate gland – are putting men at an increased risk for a number of serious health conditions including diabetes. In particular, a prostate drug.  The study published in Hormones Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigations journal uncovers the adverse side effects of popular […]

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Bleeds and Fatality Risks Much Higher In Daily Aspirin Use Than Expected

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New research from the UK reports that the risks of daily aspirin use are much more severe than originally expected, particularly affecting those 75 and above. Aspirin is typically prescribed as a blood thinner and helps to prevent blood clots. They are often recommended after a heart attack. Once a person begins taking the drug, […]

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Here’s How And Why Big Pharma Keeps Drugs So Expensive

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Rising drug prices is not uncommon. It’s a part of the pharmaceutical industry’s method for continuing to generate profits, and in turn, develop new drug therapies. Since the early 1980s, pharmaceutical companies have benefitted from the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration act. This law essentially allows a company to monopolize the market with […]

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Cholesterol Drug Had No Effect On Heart Health

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Attempts at lowering cholesterol in the pharmaceutical world are an ongoing process; every year scores of new drugs enter development and testing. Some pass through trials and others are abandoned at that stage. A recent product called Evacetrapib was recently canned following its preliminary human trials. The drug was developed by Eli Lilly, who pitched […]

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The Drugs Don’t Work: New Investigation Shows Many Pharmaceutical Meds Are Ineffective

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As modern medicine advances, the wide range of pharmaceuticals on offer continues to expand. There’s a pill for everything. Serious illnesses right down to minor quirks can be addressed through prescriptions. But the question remains: how effective are they? A new investigative report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage reveals the real statistics behind […]

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1 in 6 Americans Says They’ve Taken Psychiatric Drugs

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Approximately 1 in 6 Americans reports that they take a psychiatric drug, according to an analysis of a 2013 government study. A majority of participants in the study revealed the drug in question is typically an antidepressant like Zoloft or an anti-anxiety medication like Xanax. The analysis was performed by Thomas J. Moore, a researcher […]

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Skyrocketing Drug Prices Lead One Mom To Take On Pharmaceutical Company

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Paying a visit to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription is often a necessary expense for Americans. The rising price of pharmaceutical drugs is nothing new – it’s been happening for decades But now, one Boston mother is taking on the pharmaceutical industry’s increasing prices after struggling to pay for her son’s cystic fibrosis […]

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The Truth Behind Mixing Medications Reveals Dangerous Chemical Interactions

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If you watch one video today, make it this one. This TED talk by Russ Altman, Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine and Computer Science at Stanford University, reveals the truth behind mixing medications. The motivation behind Altman’s initial study was to uncover the effects of taking two prescription medications at the same time. Specifically, the […]

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Cognitive Function In Vascular Dementia Patients Significantly Improved With Acupuncture

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New research indicates that combining pharmaceutical drugs with acupuncture therapy is a successful treatment protocol for vascular dementia. Vascular dementia is one of several diseases which can attack the brain. It’s often used interchangeably with Alzheimer’s due to the similarity of symptoms. However, there is a difference between the two. UCSF describes vascular dementia as the […]

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