Multiple medication use Not Always Hazardous Say Researchers

Multiple medication

New research finds that patients with a single illness who take multiple drugs – referred to as “polypharmacy” – have a higher risk of hospital admission, compared with polypharmacy patients with multiple health conditions, who have a “near-normal” admission risk.

FDA approves Gilead’s once-daily HIV pill


WASHINGTON: Regulators approved a once-daily HIV pill by Gilead Sciences Inc, giving a new source of revenue to the leading maker of HIV medicines as it faces expiring patents.The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave a nod to the pill Complera for patients who have not received prior treatment for the virus that causes […]

Study Pits New Blood Thinner Against Warfarin For Irregular Heartbeat


A new drug that lowers stroke risk among people with an irregular heartbeat may give the old standby, warfarin, some competition, a new study shows.Individuals with an erratic heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation are at increased risk for ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blockage such as a blood clot. For this reason, they […]

Nexus of five fleecing masses


LAHORE: The nexus of five is freely but tactfully looting the masses who are made to purchase cheaper medicines at exorbitant rates owing to the fact that no institution is serious in checking the huge difference in retail and actual prices.

Tiny blood card offers easier tests for remote areas


A cheap and portable blood test could provide a breakthrough for diagnosing infections in remote areas of the world, a scientific study says.The mChip is about the size of a credit card and can diagnose infections within minutes, according to a study in the journal Nature Medicine.Prototype tests for diseases such as HIV and syphilis […]

10 million illegal drug users have hepatitis C: study


Some 10 million people who inject illegal drugs have hepatitis C while 1.2 million have hepatitis B, according to the first global estimate of infection rates among this population, published Thursday.Both viral diseases are debilitating and potentially deadly, and public health officials must step up efforts to combat blood-borne transmission and to lower treatment costs, […]

Scientists Close in on Origins of Psoriasis, Eczema


Psoriasis and eczema both cause red, scaly skin rashes, but the similarities between the two common, distressing conditions typically end there.And now, examining patients suffering from both ailments (a very rare phenomenon), German scientists have teased out the opposing immune system responses that prompt skin flare-ups for both diseases.

Painkillers ‘may ease agitation’ in dementia patients


The British and Norwegian study, published on the BMJ website, found painkillers significantly cut agitation in dementia patients. Agitation, a common dementia symptom, is often treated with antipsychotic drugs, which have risky side effects. The Alzheimer’s Society wants doctors to consider other types of treatment. Experts say that each year about 150,000 patients in the […]

Mass psychosis in the US


Once upon a time, antipsychotics were reserved for a relatively small number of patients with hard-core psychiatric diagnoses – primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – to treat such symptoms as delusions, hallucinations, or formal thought disorder. Today, it seems, everyone is taking antipsychotics. Parents are told that their unruly kids are in fact bipolar, and […]

Outsourced: Clinical trials overseas


US pharmaceutical companies have moved their operations overseas over the course of the past decade.Instead of testing trial medicines on Americans, more and more of these tests are being carried out on poor people in faraway places. Russia, China, Brazil, Poland, Uganda and Romania are all hot spots for what is called clinical research or […]

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