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glatiramer (Copaxone, Glatopa)

glatiramer (Copaxone, Glatopa)

What is glatiramer, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Glatiramer’s mechanism of action is not completely understood. Available data suggests that it may work by modifying immune processes by suppressing T-cells (white blood cells of the immune system) that cause inflammation and destruction of nerves in patients with MS . Glatiramer does not […]

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onabotulinumtoxinA, Botox, Botox Cosmetic

onabotulinumtoxinA, Botox, Botox Cosmetic

What is botulinum toxin type A, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? OnabotulinumtoxinA is an injectable neuro-toxin, that is, a toxic chemical that blocks the ability of nerves to make muscles contract. In other words, it paralyzes muscles. To cause muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical, acetylcholine, where they meet muscle cells. […]

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Your Chocolate Pot ‘Edible’ Could Hold a Hidden Danger

Your Chocolate Pot ‘Edible’ Could Hold a Hidden Danger

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Mental Health News SUNDAY, Aug. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A quirk in quality testing could mean that pot-laced chocolates are more potent than their label indicates, researchers report. Many states that allow the sale of marijuana-infused edibles — gummy bears, cookies and chocolates — require package labeling that shows […]

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atropine eye drops

atropine eye drops

What is atropine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Atropine occurs naturally and is extracted from belladonna alkaloids contained in plants. Atropine blocks the action of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that causes the contraction of two types of muscle, smooth and cardiac muscles. It also has other neurological effects. Ophthalmic atropine is used during […]

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In-Store Marketing Helps Get Kids Vaping

In-Store Marketing Helps Get Kids Vaping

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Healthy Kids News MONDAY, Aug. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — E-cigarettes are enticing enough to young people with their fruit flavors and slick smoking devices, but new research suggests that marketing in retail stores may also encourage some teenagers to take up vaping. Researchers found that teens who recalled seeing […]

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How to Get Your College Years Off to a Healthy Start

How to Get Your College Years Off to a Healthy Start

Latest Healthy Kids News FRIDAY, Aug. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A wellness checklist to help the 20 million new students starting at U.S. colleges this fall is available from Ohio State University experts. Checklist topics include exercise, healthy eating, stress management, organization, and mental and physical health. The checklist also outlines resources students should […]

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Malaria Eradication Not Currently Possible: WHO

Malaria Eradication Not Currently Possible: WHO

FRIDAY, Aug. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The eradication of malaria worldwide may eventually be possible but when that might be achieved is unclear, according to the World Health Organization. Latest Infectious Disease News The U.N. health agency is “unequivocally in favor” of wiping out malaria but major questions about its feasibility remain, Dr. Pedro […]