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felodipine (Plendil)

felodipine (Plendil)

What is felodipine, and how does it work? Felodipine is an oral calcium channel blocker (CCB) of the dihydropyridine (DHP) class. Other calcium channel blockers in the DHP class include: Calcium is necessary for muscle cells to contract. Felodipine prevents calcium from being released within the muscle cells of the small arteries and thereby causes […]

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isosorbide mononitrate (Imdur, Ismo, Monoket)

isosorbide mononitrate (Imdur, Ismo, Monoket)

What is isosorbide mononitrate, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Isosorbide mononitrate is in the class of drugs called nitrates that are used for treating and preventing angina. Other nitrates include nitroglycerin (Nitrostat, NitroQuick, Nitrolingual, Nitro-Dur and others) and isosorbide dinitrate (Isordil Titradose, Dilatrate-SR, Isochron). Nitrates are vasodilators (dilators of blood vessels). Blood […]

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Health Tip: Muscle Strain Risk Factors

Health Tip: Muscle Strain Risk Factors

(HealthDay News) — Pulled muscles occur frequently in athletes. Most strains respond well to nonsurgical treatments, however, some strains can result in partial or complete tears, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Latest Exercise & Fitness News The academy mentions these risk factors for muscle strain: Muscle tightness. Athletes should always stretch. Muscle imbalance, […]

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Interferon

Interferon

What are interferons and how do they work? Interferons are a family of naturally-occurring proteins that are made and secreted by cells of the immune system (for example, white blood cells, natural killer cells, fibroblasts, and epithelial cells). Three classes of interferons have been identified: alpha, beta, and gamma. Each class has many effects, though […]

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FDA OKs New Pill for Type 2 Diabetes

FDA OKs New Pill for Type 2 Diabetes

Latest Diabetes News FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A new pill to lower blood sugar for people with type 2 diabetes was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday. The drug, Rybelsus (semaglutide) is the first pill in a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) approved for use in […]

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glucose (Insta-Glucose, Dex4 & others)

glucose (Insta-Glucose, Dex4 & others)

What is glucose? What is glucose used for? Glucose also known as dextrose is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) that is used to increase the level of blood sugar (glucose) when the level falls too low (hypoglycemia). Glucose in this form increases the level of the blood sugar, so it is a glucose-elevating agent. Other glucose-elevating […]

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Can Aspirin Help Tackle Some Cancers?

Can Aspirin Help Tackle Some Cancers?

Latest Cancer News MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) –Low-dose aspirin may improve survival odds for patients battling head/neck and lung cancer, two new studies suggest. The first reviewed data on 460 patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) or early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). That study concluded that taking a […]

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Flavored E-Cigarettes May Make Asthma Worse

Flavored E-Cigarettes May Make Asthma Worse

Latest Asthma News FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Black licorice, banana pudding and other flavored electronic cigarette liquids may make respiratory diseases like asthma worse, a new international study finds. Vaping has surged in recent years, especially among young people. An estimated 9% of 18- to 24-year-olds use e-cigarettes in the United States. […]

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Financial hardship may accelerate aging

Financial hardship may accelerate aging

Research shows that adults who spend as few as 4 years in economic hardship could be at risk of accelerated aging in comparison with adults who do not experience periods of poverty. New research examines the effects of financial difficulties on aging. The term accelerated aging describes people who are physically less capable at an […]