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Manganese and Parkinson’s: Mechanism may explain link

Manganese and Parkinson’s: Mechanism may explain link

New research, published in the journal Science Signaling, details the mechanism through which exposure to manganese can trigger protein misfolding in the brain — which may, in turn, lead to Parkinson’s-like symptoms. The findings may enable an earlier diagnosis of the neurological condition. New research helps explain how and why manganese exposure could lead to […]

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eflornithine (Vaniqa)

eflornithine (Vaniqa)

What is eflornithine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Eflornithine is the first topical drug (used on the skin) for the treatment of unwanted facial and chin hair. It does not remove the hair but rather slows its growth. The cells surrounding the base of each hair (called the hair follicle) undergo rapid […]

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ramelteon (Rozerem)

ramelteon (Rozerem)

What is Rozerem, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Ramelteon is an oral drug that promotes falling asleep and is used for treating insomnia. It acts by stimulating receptors for melatonin in the brain. Melatonin and its receptors control the circadian rhythm of the body which controls the sleep/wake cycle. Unlike many drugs […]

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clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide gel (Benzaclin, Acanya, Duac, Onexton)

clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide gel (Benzaclin, Acanya, Duac, Onexton)

What is clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide gel, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide is a combination of an antibiotic, clindamycin, and benzoyl peroxide, another drug that has antibacterial effects. Clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide is used topically (applied to the skin) for the treatment of pimples (acne). Both agents are active against Propionibacterium acnes, […]

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Half-Dose of Mountain Sickness Med Works as Well as Full Dose

Half-Dose of Mountain Sickness Med Works as Well as Full Dose

Latest Neurology News THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A lower dose of a medication to prevent acute mountain sickness is as effective as the standard, higher dose, a new study finds. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can cause headaches, gastrointestinal upset, fatigue, weakness, vertigo and sleep problems. Many hikers and climbers use a drug […]

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Fewer Boys Are Suffering Head Injuries, But Rate Rises for Girls

Fewer Boys Are Suffering Head Injuries, But Rate Rises for Girls

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter Latest Neurology News THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There’s good news and bad news from a new study of children visiting U.S. emergency departments for head injuries: The rate of these potentially serious events has fallen among boys, but risen for girls. In recent years, the danger of concussion […]

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Evista (raloxifene)

Evista (raloxifene)

What are the uses for raloxifene? Evista is prescribed for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. Supplemental vitamin D should be added to the diet if daily intake is not adequate. What brand names are available for raloxifene? Evista Is raloxifene available as a generic drug? Yes Do I need a prescription […]

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Primsol (trimethoprim)

Primsol (trimethoprim)

What is Primsol (trimethoprim) and how does it work? Primsol is a synthetic (man-made) antibiotic that interferes with the production of tetrahydrofolic acid, a chemical that is necessary in order for bacteria and human cells to produce proteins. Trimethoprim inhibits production of tetrahydrofolic acid by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for making tetrahydrofolic acid from dihydrofolic […]

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Mental Health Woes Are Rising in Young Americans — Is Social Media to Blame?

Mental Health Woes Are Rising in Young Americans — Is Social Media to Blame?

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter Latest Healthy Kids News THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Young Americans may be more vulnerable to depression, distress and suicidal thoughts or attempts than their parents’ generation, and social media might be fueling that troubling trend. So claims a review of a decade’s worth of data on roughly 200,000 […]

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How to Keep Your Kids Safe From Cyberbullying

How to Keep Your Kids Safe From Cyberbullying

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Healthy Kids News FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — No type of bullying is acceptable, but cyberbullying can be harder for parents to spot because it takes place via cellphone, computer or tablet, often through social media. Cyberbullying can be a hateful text message or post of embarrassing pictures, […]