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Statins: Side effects, risks, and benefits

Statins are a type of drug prescribed to help people prevent or manage cardiovascular disease (CVD) and reduce their cholesterol levels. A study on statins released yesterday found that around half of patients the drugs did not have enough of an effect on so-called bad cholesterol. The study, which looked at 165,000 people prescribed statins,

Clonazepam vs. Xanax: Differences, dosage, and side effects

The most common use of Xanax is as an anti-anxiety medication. Created in 1969 by the pharmaceutical company Upjohn, there are now more than 50 million prescriptions for Xanax written each year. Xanax is the brand name of a drug called alprazolam. Clonazepam is used to treat seizure disorders, among other things. It is an

Side effects of radiation for breast cancer: What to know

A doctor may recommend radiation therapy in combination with other treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy. There are two main types of radiation treatment: External beam radiation: This involves a doctor applying radiation from an external machine to the breast and surrounding tissue. Internal radiation (brachytherapy): This involves placing a small radioactive pellet into the

The dark side of sports final weekend

The biggest weekend on Australia’s sporting calendar is likely to be a fearful time for vulnerable women and children, with incidents of domestic violence expected to spike with the AFL and NRL grand finals. Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education's chief executive Michael Thorn said increased consumption of alcohol at parties celebrating season finales would

Sumatriptan: Side effects, dosage, uses, and more

Highlights for sumatriptan Important warnings Heart attack: This drug can cause serious heart problems such as heart attack, angina (chest pain), or cardiac arrest. If you’re at risk for heart disease, your doctor may have you take your first dose in their office so they can monitor you. Arrhythmias: This drug may cause your heart

Duchenne muscular dystrophy: How muscle cells journey to the dark side

Promoting repair of dystrophic muscles is a major goal in the treatment of muscular dystrophies but is complicated by the incomplete knowledge of the cellular and molecular events that drive muscle regeneration. Answers could lie in better understanding muscle repair—which resembles a delicate cellular dance choreographed by special cells called fibro-adipogenic progenitors (FAPs). Researchers already

Side effects of antibiotics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adverse reactions to antibiotics are responsible for 1 in 5 medication-related emergency room visits. People should always talk with a doctor if antibiotics cause bothersome symptoms. Call 911 and immediately stop taking antibiotics if side effects are severe or interfere with breathing. Common side effects

Vitamin D: Side effects and risks

Vitamin D is fundamental in supporting several bodily processes, including: the absorption and regulation of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate the hardening, growth, and remodeling of bones cellular growth and remodeling immune function nerve and muscle function There is no set consensus about how much vitamin D is necessary for good health. A person’s daily requirement

Side effects of painkillers are worse in Alzheimer’s

Dementia is a large and growing concern. Because it cannot be reversed, understanding the best way to care for people with advanced dementia is increasingly important. Roughly 50 percent of people with dementia who are living in nursing homes experience substantial pain. According to earlier studies, this pain often goes unnoticed by clinicians and is

Clindamycin: Side effects, dosage, uses, and more

Highlights for clindamycin Important warnings FDA warning: Severe diarrhea This drug has a black box warning. This is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A black box warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Almost all antibiotics, including clindamycin, can cause Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. This

Switching birth control pills: Methods and side effects

This article explains three ways of switching birth control pills. It also discusses what to consider when switching pill brands or changing between the combined pill and minipill. Three ways to switch birth control pills It is possible to switch between birth control pills safely. Below are three ways to do this: 1. No gaps

Modern blood cancer treatments require new approach for monitoring, reporting side effects

Treatment changes including the advent of targeted and immune therapies have dramatically improved survival for blood cancers, but new report calls for improved evaluation of poorly understood side effects that may develop over time.—- Survival rates for blood cancers—including lymphoma, myeloma and some types of leukaemia—have dramatically increased over the past decade, due in great