Popular pain medications can increase your risk of hypoglycemia

There are a lot of drawbacks to taking prescription medications, with the risk of dangerous side effects chief among them, not to mention the price. And one of the more frustrating truths about many medications is how they seem to cause new health problems that you didn’t have before even on the rare occasions when … Continue reading Popular pain medications can increase your risk of hypoglycemia

Increasing blood pressure meds for elderly patients increases risk of readmission due to falls and kidney injury

Blood pressure medications might reduce the risk of cardiometabolic conditions, but researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) found that healthcare professionals might be doing more harm than good in prescribing more intense medications. Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, their results demonstrated that patients admitted for non-cardiac conditions but had high blood pressure had a greater risk of readmission, falls, fainting … Continue reading Increasing blood pressure meds for elderly patients increases risk of readmission due to falls and kidney injury

Do antidepressants really work? Danish study says otherwise

It remains unclear whether antidepressants are an effective treatment for depression in adults, according to a recent review. Published in BMJ Open, it revealed that previous clinical trials and existing studies do not provide conclusive evidence that antidepressants can treat symptoms of depression better than alternative treatments. Depression: Types, symptoms and causes Depression is one of the most common … Continue reading Do antidepressants really work? Danish study says otherwise

High blood pressure and diabetes could be raising your coronavirus risk

With coronavirus continuing to take thousands of lives across the planet, most of us are looking to reduce our risk as much as possible. Perhaps you’re already making sure you get plenty of vitamins C and D and zinc, but could something else in your medicine cabinet actually be working against you? If you have a … Continue reading High blood pressure and diabetes could be raising your coronavirus risk

Ibuprofen may increase susceptibility to the coronavirus, new study says; experts also link infectious complications to its use

People should avoid using ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs because they could increase the risk of infection by the deadly coronavirus. This advice came from a tweet made by the French Health Minister Olivier Veran on March 14 that soon gained traction worldwide. Following his social media post, the French government released an official announcement concerning the use … Continue reading Ibuprofen may increase susceptibility to the coronavirus, new study says; experts also link infectious complications to its use

Steroid use linked to increased risk of bacterial and viral infections

The use of steroids in the treatment of rheumatic conditions may be causing an increase in both viral and bacterial infections, according to researchers. In a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), researchers from the University of Leeds in the U.K. found a strong association between glucocorticoids – man-made versions of steroids that occur naturally in the body – … Continue reading Steroid use linked to increased risk of bacterial and viral infections

Treatment with epilepsy drugs shown to increase risk in suicidal behavior in patients aged 15 to 24

According to a study published in The BMJ, treating epilepsy with a group of drugs known as gabapentinoids is linked to a dangerously increased risk in suicidal behavior in young patients. Gabapentinoids are also commonly used to treat nerve pain and anxiety disorders. This revelation is exceptionally worrying when you take into account the fact that prescriptions for … Continue reading Treatment with epilepsy drugs shown to increase risk in suicidal behavior in patients aged 15 to 24

Men who use steroids to bulk up risk sexual and reproductive dysfunction

Men using steroids to boost their physique may be doing more harm than good to their bodies, experts warn, linking the drugs to increased risk for infertility and erectile dysfunction. James Mossman, a researcher from Brown University, first noticed the effects that steroids have on men’s fertility after seeing “huge” men getting tested for their fertility, while … Continue reading Men who use steroids to bulk up risk sexual and reproductive dysfunction

Mental health issues are often the result of a nutritional deficiency; treating them with prescription drugs can further compromise your well-being

Are you or someone you know experiencing a mental health issue? With one out of every four Americans expected to experience a mental health condition during their lifetime, there is a good chance your life will be touched by mental illness. Why are so many people experiencing serious mental problems these days? According to Professor … Continue reading Mental health issues are often the result of a nutritional deficiency; treating them with prescription drugs can further compromise your well-being

Antibiotic resistance explodes globally as corrupt, for-profit medical system runs out of chemicals that fight infections

  Antibiotic resistance is reaching such dangerous proportions that the entire global health system is at risk of collapse, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on November 16. The agency released a report highlighting many of the myths about antibiotics that people believe worldwide, and how these contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance. "The rise … Continue reading Antibiotic resistance explodes globally as corrupt, for-profit medical system runs out of chemicals that fight infections