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Propylthiouracil (PTU)

Propylthiouracil (PTU)

What is propylthiouracil, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Propylthiouracil (PTU) is an oral medication that is used to manage hyperthyroidism which is due to an overactive thyroid gland. It is an anti-thyroid drug that has a mechanism of action that is similar to methimazole (Tapazole). Graves’ disease is the most common cause […]

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Too Much TV Might Dull the Aging Brain

Too Much TV Might Dull the Aging Brain

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimer’s News THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The old saying, “TV rots your brain,” could have some validity for folks as they age. In a new study, middle-aged people who watched television for more than 3.5 hours a day experienced a decline in their ability to remember words […]

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modafinil (Provigil)

modafinil (Provigil)

What is modafinil, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Modafinil is an oral drug that is used for improving wakefulness in patients with excessive sleepiness. It is similar to armodafinil (Nuvigil). Like amphetamines, modafinil promotes wakefulness by stimulatIng the brain. The exact mechanism of action of modafinil is unknown. It may work by […]

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How to Get Rid of Common Warts Fast

How to Get Rid of Common Warts Fast

What are warts? A wart is growth on the outer layer of the skin or the epidermis that is caused by a virus. The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes common and genital warts by contact with the skin or sexual contact with another person. Genital warts are an STD, while common warts are not. Warts that […]

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Viagra (sildenafil)

Viagra (sildenafil)

What is sildenafil, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Viagra (sildenafil) is an oral drug that is used for treating impotence (or erectile disfunction, ED, the inability to attain or maintain a penile erection). It is in a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase inhibitors (PDE-5 inhibitors) that also includes It has been estimated […]

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Seniors With UTIs Need Antibiotics ASAP, Study Says

Seniors With UTIs Need Antibiotics ASAP, Study Says

Latest Senior Health News THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For older adults with a urinary tract infection (UTI), antibiotic treatment should begin immediately to prevent serious complications, a new British study finds. Delaying or withholding antibiotics in this age group can increase the risk of bloodstream infection (sepsis) and death, researchers reported Feb. […]

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Health Tip: Elderly Companionship

Health Tip: Elderly Companionship

(HealthDay News) — Loneliness is a common source of stress among the elderly. Older men and women who have companionship live longer than those without, a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests. Latest Senior Health News Figuring out how to prevent loneliness can be difficult, but companionship can take many forms. Those who can […]

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Don’t Fear, Shark Attacks Remain Rare

Don’t Fear, Shark Attacks Remain Rare

Latest Prevention & Wellness News WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Shark attacks get plenty of media attention and strike fear into the hearts of swimmers, but a new study finds that such attacks are few and far between. It’s true that the number of shark attacks has increased over time, but the rate […]