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Study finds rise in off-label medication orders for children
US physicians are increasingly ordering medications for children for conditions that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a Rutgers study.
Can you reverse prediabetes with medication? Doctor reveals verdict
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which a person’s body can’t control the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Blood sugar levels become too high because the body doesn’t respond to insulin properly, and if this is left untreated, serious complications can occur, including kidney failure, nerve damage, heart disease, stroke and foot ulcers.
Cholesterol medication could invite diabetes, study suggests
A study of thousands of patients' health records found that those who were prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins had at least double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Gut bacteria can alter how well medication works
Recent research revealed that gut microbes can alter how a medication works in our bodies, sometimes with undesirable — or even toxic — results.
Pain medication could be linked to suicide risk
US healthcare providers have been reducing the amount of opioids being prescribed to patients and that could be leading people to consider suicide.
Social media sites 'make addictive medication easier to buy'
Addiction psychiatrist Dr. Colin O'Gara believes social media sites have ‘opened the door’ for prescription drug dealers to thrive.
Empower patients and harness technology to reduce medication mistakes, new research says
Improved integration of care between providers and the use of electronic records that follow the patient are needed to reduce serious medication errors in Australian healthcare, new research found.
ADHD medication overdoses increasing among US kids
The number of US kids accidentally or intentionally overdosing on ADHD medications is on the rise, according to a new study.
Taking long-term acid reflux medication could double stomach cancer risk
Stomach cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK. But taking particular medication to treat acid reflux — or heartburn — could double your risk.
Canada a ‘poor performer’ in medication costs for common condition
Canada had the second-highest medication costs for common conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol in 2015 compared to nine other affluent countries with universal healthcare systems, suggested a new study calling for a national drug plan to lower prices.
Inhaler users get half the medication they need per puff
Studies, conducted at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, found inhaler users only get about half the amount of medication they need from each puff due to human error.
‘Asthma patients not getting proper medication’
Fresh research by a leading asthma charity has shown that tens of thousands of people are not getting the proper medication for their condition.
Iran develops novel medication
Researchers at Islamic Azad University’s Boroujerd Branch in western Iran have developed a medication from the extract of Silybum marianum (L.) for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), using nanotechnology.
Drug take-back day keeps medicine from abusers
They seem benign enough, those old pills just sitting in their plastic bottles on a shelf in the medicine cabinet. In many cases, they are not.

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