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Flesh-Eating Bacteria Claims Life of Florida Woman

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Claims Life of Florida Woman

TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A Florida woman died late last week from flesh-eating bacteria two weeks after cutting her leg while walking along the coast. Latest Infectious Disease News Carolyn “Lynn” Fleming, 77, lived in Ellenton and visited Coquina Beach, near St. Petersburg, on June 14. While wading in the water, she […]

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telmisartan, Micardis

telmisartan, Micardis

What is telmisartan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Telmisartan is a member of a family of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), which includes losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), irbesartan (Avapro), and candesartan (Atacand). Angiotensin, formed in the blood by the action of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), is a powerful chemical that attaches […]

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metoclopramide, Reglan, Metozolv ODT, (Reglan ODT, Octamide, and Maxolon

metoclopramide, Reglan, Metozolv ODT, (Reglan ODT, Octamide, and Maxolon

What is metoclopramide, and how does it work? Metoclopramide is a “prokinetic” drug that stimulates the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract including the muscles of the lower esophageal sphincter, stomach, and small intestine by interacting with receptors for acetylcholine and dopamine on gastrointestinal muscles and nerves. The lower esophageal sphincter, located between the esophagus and […]

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Soy’s Heart Benefits Hold Steady Over Time, Review Finds

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration might soon revoke soy‘s longstanding claim to boost cardiovascular health. But now comes long-term research that appears to bolster the notion that soy does indeed do a heart good. Canadian researchers pored over the results […]

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amiodarone, Cordarone, Nextrone, Pacerone

amiodarone, Cordarone, Nextrone, Pacerone

What is the dosage for amiodarone? The recommended dosing schedule is an initial loading dose of 800-1600 mg daily for 1 to 3 weeks, followed by 600-800 mg daily for 1 month, then 400 mg daily for maintenance. Response should be closely monitored and dosing is individualized for each patient. Amiodarone may be administered once […]

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hepatitis A vaccine (Havrix, Vaqta)

hepatitis A vaccine (Havrix, Vaqta)

What is hepatitis A vaccine? What are the uses for hepatitis A vaccine? Hepatitis A vaccine (Havrix, Vaqta) is used to prevent hepatitis A, a type of liver disease that is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter from contact with food, drinks, or […]

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ursodiol (Actigall, Urso Forte, Urso 250)

ursodiol (Actigall, Urso Forte, Urso 250)

What is ursodiol? What are the uses for ursodiol? Ursodiol is a naturally-occurring bile acid that is made by the liver in humans and is secreted in small quantities into bile. It is used to dissolve and prevent cholesterol gallstones and to treat primary biliary cirrhosis, a disease of the liver. Ursodiol blocks the enzyme […]

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10 Food ‘Shifts’ to Improve Your Diet

10 Food ‘Shifts’ to Improve Your Diet

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Diet & Weight Management News TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — No matter how committed you are to eating healthier and/or losing weight, making drastic changes can be hard. A better approach is to make small shifts in the foods you eat every day, according to the U.S. 2015-2020 […]

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Gut Bacteria Supplements Might Boost Obese People’s Health

Gut Bacteria Supplements Might Boost Obese People’s Health

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Diet & Weight Management News MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Supplements of a type of gut bacteria may benefit people at heightened risk of diabetes and heart disease, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found that the supplements, containing bacteria called Akkermansia muciniphila, appear safe and potentially effective. Over […]