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phenytoin (Dilantin)

phenytoin (Dilantin)

What is Dilantin? Phenytoin is an oral and injectable anti-seizure medication first synthesized in 1908. Why is Dilantin prescribed to patients? Phenytoin is an anti-seizure medication (anticonvulsant) used for preventing or treating generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures, complex partial seizures (psychomotor seizures), and seizures occurring during or after neurosurgery. It may be used alone or […]

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methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Methylin, Daytrana)

methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Methylin, Daytrana)

What is methylphenidate, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Methylphenidate is a medication that stimulates the central nervous system (CNS or brain) in a manner that is similar to the amphetamines; however, its actions are milder than those of the amphetamines. An additional difference is that methylphenidate produces more noticeable effects on mental […]

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Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

What tests do doctors use to diagnose pancreatic cancer? Most people do not need to be screened for pancreatic cancer, and the tests available for screening frequently are complex, risky, expensive, or insensitive in the early phases of the cancer. Those who may qualify usually have a set of factors that increase the risk for […]

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‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer

‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter Latest Cancer News THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In a special announcement aired Wednesday on the “Jeopardy” YouTube channel, long-time host Alex Trebek announced he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but intends to “fight” the disease. Trebek, 78, said he was concerned about the media reporting his condition inaccurately, […]

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MMR vaccine does not cause autism, even in those most at risk

MMR vaccine does not cause autism, even in those most at risk

A new large-scale Danish study searches for connections between autism and the MMR vaccine. In particular, they investigate at-risk individuals. Once again, no links are found. The latest study to look at MMR vaccines and autism goes an extra step. The furor surrounding vaccines and their relationship with autism has been rumbling along for decades. […]

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Wisconsin Man Charged After Breaking Measles Quarantine

Wisconsin Man Charged After Breaking Measles Quarantine

A Wisconsin man faces criminal charges after he broke a measles quarantine to go to the gym. Latest Infectious Disease News Court documents show that Jeffery Murawski, 57, of Brookfield, was charged Feb. 22 with a misdemeanor count of willfully violating the recommendations of a local health officer or subjecting others to danger of contracting […]

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Salmonella Spurs Recall of Sunstone Organics Kratom

Salmonella Spurs Recall of Sunstone Organics Kratom

Two lots of Sunstone Organics Kratom are being recalled due to potential salmonella contamination. Latest Infectious Disease News The lots include Sunstone Organics White Vein Kratom Lot 119 and Sunstone Organics Maeng Da Kratom Lot 124A in both capsules and powder form and in all sizes. No reports of illness associated with the recalled products […]

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chlorthalidone (Thalitone)

chlorthalidone (Thalitone)

What brand names are available for chlorthalidone? Hygroton, Thalitone (both discontinued in U.S.A.) Is chlorthalidone available as a generic drug? GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes Do I need a prescription for chlorthalidone? Yes What are the uses for chlorthalidone? Chlorthalidone is used in the treatment of high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and edema (fluid retention). What […]

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High Testosterone Levels Are Bad News for the Heart

High Testosterone Levels Are Bad News for the Heart

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — High testosterone levels can drastically increase a man’s risk of heart failure and stroke-causing blood clots, a new study reports. Men with a genetic predisposition to high testosterone levels have a nearly eightfold increased risk of heart failure and twice the […]

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dopamine (Intropin)

dopamine (Intropin)

Is dopamine-injection available as a generic drug? GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes Do I need a prescription for dopamine-injection? Yes What are the uses for dopamine-injection? Dopamine is prescribed to correct hemodynamic status in patients with shock syndrome due to This means dopamine may be capable of improving urine flow, blood pressure, blood flow to vital organs, […]