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docetaxel (Taxotere, Docefrez)

docetaxel (Taxotere, Docefrez)

What is docetaxel, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Docetaxel is a drug that is used primarily for treating breast cancer. Docetaxel works by attacking cancer cells. Every cell in the body contains a supporting structure (almost like a skeleton) called the microtubular network. If this “skeleton” is changed or damaged, the cell […]

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belimumab (Benlysta)

What is belimumab? What is belimumab used for? Belimumab is a synthetic (man-made) injectable antibody that reduces the activity of immune cells called B-cells in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE is an inflammatory autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and causes inflammation. Parts of the body […]

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Deep Brain ‘Zap’ Restores Vivid Memories to Alzheimer’s Patients

Deep Brain ‘Zap’ Restores Vivid Memories to Alzheimer’s Patients

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimer’s News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Could a pacemaker for the brain improve the memories of people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? New research suggests it might be possible one day: Electrical stimulation directed at key memory regions of the brain created intense flashbacks in some Alzheimer’s […]

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desloratadine (Clarinex, Clarinex Reditabs)

What is desloratadine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Desloratadine is an oral, long-acting antihistamine that is similar chemically to loratadine (Claritin). It is used to treat the symptoms caused by histamine. Histamine is a chemical that is responsible for many of the signs and symptoms of allergic reactions, for example, swelling of […]

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Every Minute of Exercise Counts When It Comes to Longevity

Every Minute of Exercise Counts When It Comes to Longevity

Latest Senior Health News THURSDAY, Aug. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Exercise, even a little of it, can lengthen your life, a new study suggests. The Norwegian researchers also found that too much sitting was associated with a higher risk of early death. “Developing ways to limit sedentary time and increase activity at any level […]

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Aging Narrows Gender Gap in Flu Vaccine Response

Aging Narrows Gender Gap in Flu Vaccine Response

Latest Senior Health News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Here’s some bad news for older women during flu season: Aging reduces the stronger immune response that women typically have to vaccination, a new study finds. “We need to consider tailoring vaccine formulations and dosages based on the sex of the vaccine recipient, as […]

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Health Tip: Stay Healthy at Work

Health Tip: Stay Healthy at Work

(HealthDay News) — Low-stress, supportive workplaces are good for employee health, says Harvard Medical School. Latest Prevention & Wellness News Employees who are stressed and overworked often develop unhealthy lifestyles with little exercise and poor dietary practices, the school says. To avoid unhealthy workplace habits, Harvard suggests: Avoid “stress eating.” Avoid sugary drinks and salty […]

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Facing Up to a Lesser Known Form of Migraine Pain

Facing Up to a Lesser Known Form of Migraine Pain

Latest Migraine News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — It’s bad enough to have an aching head, but about one in 10 people who suffer from headaches also experience facial pain, researchers have found. The study included more than 2,900 people with primary headaches. These are ones not caused by another condition and they […]

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atazanavir (Reyataz)

atazanavir (Reyataz)

Which drugs or supplements interact with atazanavir? Atazanavir inhibits the enzymes that eliminate many drugs from the body. Administration of these drugs along with atazanavir may result in increased concentrations of these drugs and cause more side effects. Atazanavir also is eliminated by enzymes in the liver, and drugs that increase the activity of these […]

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nizatidine (Axid, Axid AR)

nizatidine (Axid, Axid AR)

What is nizatidine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Nizatidine is an oral drug that blocks the action of histamine on stomach cells and reduces their production of acid. It belongs to a class of drugs called H2 blockers that also includes cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), and famotidine (Pepcid). Histamine is a naturally-occurring […]