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Common Painkillers Tied to Kidney Risks for Children: Study

Common Painkillers Tied to Kidney Risks for Children: Study

Children taking the common painkillers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be at risk for acute kidney damage, particularly when the kids are dehydrated, a new study finds. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (commonly called NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (brand names Advil and Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and ketorolac (Toradol) are used to relieve pain and fever. “The one thing we did see that seemed to be connected to kidney damage was dehydration,” said lead researcher Dr. Jason Misurac, a nephrologist at Indiana…

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Common Painkillers Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Attack, Study Says

Common Painkillers Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Attack, Study Says

Story highlights A new study links common painkillers called to increased risk of heart attacks Researchers urge doctors and patients to weight the risks and benefits The drugs are not proved to be a a direct cause of heart attacks (CNN)Taking even over-the-counter doses of common painkillers known as NSAIDs – nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack in a new study. The likelihood of experiencing a heart attack was calculated to increase…

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Why Kids Younger Than 12 Don’t Need Otc Cough And Cold Remedies

Why Kids Younger Than 12 Don’t Need Otc Cough And Cold Remedies

The common cold season is here, and if you have children, you will likely feel their suffering from these annoying upper respiratory tract viral infections. Children experience more colds, about six to 10 annually, than adults. With each cold producing symptoms of nasal congestion, runny nose, cough and mild fever lasting up to seven to 10 days, it may seem that children are nearly continuously sick. Parents certainly want their ill children to feel better, and they, naturally, want to…

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Do You Fall for the ‘Nocebo Effect’? 5 Ways to Stay Positive for Better Health

Do You Fall for the ‘Nocebo Effect’? 5 Ways to Stay Positive for Better Health

Scientific studies confirm that a placebo (a dummy medication or procedure) can genuinely benefit a person’s health. But its sinister cousin, the “nocebo effect,” creates expectations of harm, which can lead to seriously negative health consequences. A patient’s expectations of a treatment clearly influence the way it works. The authors of a 2012 German study note that vulnerable, ill, or injured patients are highly receptive to negative suggestion. A participant in one drug trial developed dangerously low blood pressure by…

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Just Say No: When It Makes Sense Not to Take Your Medicine

Just Say No: When It Makes Sense Not to Take Your Medicine

By Alexandra Sifferlin    Oct. 16, 2013    It sounds like something a quack would support, but it’s true. There’s growing evidence that lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet and exercising more may be enough to prevent and even treat conditions ranging from diabetes to cancer. The latest comes from a review of studies, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that analyzed the effects of a combination of behaviors that reduced the rate of Type 2 diabetes among…

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Common meds with caffeine may be linked to stroke

Common meds with caffeine may be linked to stroke

By Kathryn Doyle   NEW YORK   Tue Jun 25, 2013 (Reuters Health) – Taking medications containing caffeine was tied to a doubled or even tripled risk of having a stroke in a new Korean study that might seem to contradict recent evidence suggesting coffee and tea exert protective effects. But the results may in fact be in line with that research, according to the study authors, who point out that people who drank the least coffee were most at…

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ADHD medicines may help curb criminal behavior

ADHD medicines may help curb criminal behavior

The Associated Press Published Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 9:02AM EST  Older teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are much less likely to commit a crime while on ADHD medication, a provocative study from Sweden found. It also showed in dramatic fashion how much more prone people with ADHD are to break the law – four to seven times more likely than others. The findings suggest that Ritalin, Adderall and other drugs that curb hyperactivity and boost attention remain important…

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Medications and the Heat

Medications and the Heat

Before the onset of warmer weather,  ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse  if your medications increase your sensitivity to heat. If you are taking any of the medications listed below,  you are at higher risk for heat-related illnesses,  especially if you are exercising a lot or performing heavy work  and are not drinking enough water.If you are on two or more medications, your risk could be increased.  You should not modify how you take your medication  unless you have first…

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