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dexamethasone (Decadron, DexPak)

What are the side effects of dexamethasone? Side effects of dexamethasone depend on the dose, the duration and the frequency of administration. Short courses of dexamethasone usually are well tolerated with few and mild side effects. Long term, high dose dexamethasone usually will produce predictable and potentially serious side effects. Whenever possible, the lowest effective […]

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methylprednisolone (Medrol)

What is methylprednisolone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Methylprednisolone family of products include methylprednisolone, methylprednisolone acetate (Medrol, Depo-medrol), and methylprednisolone sodium acetate (Solu-medrol). They will be called methylprednisolone in this monograph. They are synthetic (man-made) corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are naturally-occurring chemicals produced by the adrenal glands located adjacent to the kidneys. Corticosteroids affect […]

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Treatment May Allow Allergic Kids to Eat Eggs Safely: Study

Latest Allergies News MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — An egg allergy is no joke, but some children who have it could safely eat eggs after immunotherapy treatment, a new study claims. “Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies and usually appears in early childhood. It has significant risk for severe […]

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oxytocin (Pitocin)

oxytocin (Pitocin)

What is oxytocin-injectable, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Oxytocin is a protein produced by the pituitary gland of mammals including man. Pitocin is a man-made version of oxytocin used for stimulating contraction of the uterus. Oxytocin works by increasing the concentration of calcium inside muscle cells that control contraction of the uterus. […]

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The Deadliest Plastic for Seabirds? Balloons

The Deadliest Plastic for Seabirds? Balloons

Latest Prevention & Wellness News MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — No plastic is good for seabirds, but new Australian research finds that balloon bits pose the most deadly threat to marine life. “Balloons, or balloon fragments, were the marine debris most likely to cause mortality, and they killed almost one in five of […]

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Fungi in Breast Milk? These Kinds Are Good for Baby

Fungi in Breast Milk? These Kinds Are Good for Baby

Latest Pregnancy News MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In yet another finding that points out the positives of breastfeeding, scientists report that beneficial fungi and yeasts reside in breast milk. Previous studies have found bacteria in breast milk, and certain fungi and bacteria are known to be important for infant health. The researchers […]

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tizanidine (Zanaflex)

tizanidine (Zanaflex)

What is tizanidine-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Tizanidine is a skeletal muscle relaxant. It works on alpha2 receptors in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and blocks nerve impulses from reaching muscles which produces muscle relaxation. The FDA approved tizanidine in November 1996. What brand names are available for […]

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Hot Cocoa May Ease the Fatigue of MS

Hot Cocoa May Ease the Fatigue of MS

Latest Neurology News TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Fatigue can plague many people with multiple sclerosis (MS). But a small new study suggests a soothing cup of hot cocoa may bring some relief. Like dark chocolate, cocoa is rich in flavonoids, which are abundant in fruit and vegetables and have been linked with […]

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Health Tip: Stretches for Young Athletes

Health Tip: Stretches for Young Athletes

(HealthDay News) — Flexibility helps prevent injury. Young athletes should stretch muscles before and after playing a sport, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Latest Healthy Kids News After warming up with a brisk walk, the AAOS suggests these stretches: Forward and side lunges. Standing quad pull. Seated straddle. Knees to chest. Copyright © […]