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If you suffer from heart disease, you might like to think that if you are on medication, you are doing all you can to protect yourself. A new study proves that this is not the case, and that diet is a huge factor in preventing future cardiovascular events. A very large scale study published in…..
The mere mention of the word cancer can strike fear into most people’s hearts, but a new report from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that women who consumed the highest levels of carotenoids have the lowest rates of breast cancer. What are carotenoids? Carotenoids are micronutrients found in red, yellow and other…..
If you have suffered from atrial fibrillation, then you know that until recently there was basically only one medication available to you: warfarin. This anticoagulant helps to prevent and treat blood clots that can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. But recently a new generation of drugs have cropped up to treat A-Fib,…..
Recent evidence has called into question the rampant use of statin medication to cardiovascular disease in women. Two studies, both published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, are worth looking at. First, scientists aimed to find out of use of these statins had the same protective benefit for women as it did for men. The…..
For the first time in 15 years, doctors and scientists are making changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the DSM. This encyclopedic manual is a guide to all mental disorders, and intended to be used by all health care professionals to classify and treat mental disorders. One of the most…..
The first massive snowstorm of 2013 has already caused many car accidents in Michigan, including a bus crash, even before it has officially hit. On Thursday February 7, a school bus with five student passengers ran off the road as it was trying to drive around a curve. The bus then rolled onto its side. …..
Over 2,700 lawsuits have been filed against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer over its smoking cessation drug Chantix. The lawsuits allege that Chantix causes a variety of mental and physical injuries, including suicide, suicidal thoughts, and worsening depression and anxiety. In November of 2012, Pfizer began settlement negotiations with attorneys. In October 2012 and January of 2013,…..
The commonly prescribed antibiotic azithromycin, also called Zithromax or Z-pak, can cause potentially fatal changes in heartbeat. The FDA issued a safety announcement warning patients of the potential risk, and warning doctors to be more aware of underlying conditions in patients to whom they prescribe it.
For anyone who was on the blood thinner warfarin, the development of a new class of drugs such as Xarelto and Pradaxa that were supposedly just as effective with fewer side effects was big news. Warfarin, a drug that is over 60 years old, was notorious for restricting patient’s diets, requiring regular doctor’s visits, and…..
A new study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine finds that users of the diabetes treatments Januvia and Byetta have double the risk of developing pancreatitis. After analyzing insurance records, it was found that patients hospitalized with pancreatitis were twice as likely to be taking one of these two diabetes treatments than a…..