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AHA News: Stroke May Lead to Lower Vitamin D

AHA News: Stroke May Lead to Lower Vitamin D

Latest Heart News THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — Low vitamin D levels do not lead to strokes but can result from them, according to the latest study that looks at the relationship between the two. Vitamin D is mostly known for helping the body absorb calcium and contributing to bone health. […]

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Tips for Preventing Diverticulitis

Tips for Preventing Diverticulitis

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Digestion News FRIDAY, Aug. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Although colonoscopy screens for cancer, it can also uncover a common condition called diverticulosis. This is when one or more pockets develop in the colon wall, often in the large bowel. These pockets occur over time, possibly from not getting enough […]

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chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride and clidinium bromide (Librax)

chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride and clidinium bromide (Librax)

What is chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride and clidinium bromide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride and clidinium bromide (Librax) combines the anti-anxiety action of chlordiazepoxide and the antispasmodic effects of clidinium. It also blocks the acid secretion of the gastrointestinal tract and inhibits the action of nerves that are very active in certain […]

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Health Tip: Avoiding Anemia

Health Tip: Avoiding Anemia

(HealthDay News) — Anemia is a blood disorder characterized by a shortage of either red blood cells or hemoglobin. Latest Chronic Pain News It can leave people feeling frequently exhausted and sluggish, says the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To prevent or counter anemia, people must get enough iron. Eating a balanced diet or taking […]

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fluvastatin (Lescol, Lescol XL)

fluvastatin (Lescol, Lescol XL)

What is fluvastatin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Fluvastatin is an oral, cholesterol-lowering drug. It belongs to a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, commonly called “statins.” Other statins include lovastatin (Mevacor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), and rosuvastatin (Crestor). Statins reduce cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in the liver (HMG-CoA reductase) […]

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Are You Still Putting Off Colon Cancer Screening?

Are You Still Putting Off Colon Cancer Screening?

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Cancer News FRIDAY, Aug. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — No one looks forward to a colonoscopy, but it can save your life. So you might be wondering whether a home test is a good alternative. These tests involve mailing a stool sample to a lab. Older types of tests check […]

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New Study Finds a Family Risk for Blood Cancer

New Study Finds a Family Risk for Blood Cancer

Latest Cancer News THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If a close relative has had blood cancer, you’re more likely to get it, a large new study reports. The researchers analyzed data from 16 million people in Sweden, including more than 153,000 diagnosed with blood cancer and more than 391,000 of their first-degree relatives: […]

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Why fish may become more toxic than ever

Why fish may become more toxic than ever

Many species of fish — several of which end up on our plates — are displaying increasing levels of methylmercury, a very toxic substance. Why is this happening? Researchers from Harvard University believe that they may have the answer. The fish that many populations around the world eat are set to become increasingly toxic. New […]

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Didronel (etidronate)

Didronel (etidronate)

What is etidronate, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? What brand names are available for etidronate? Didronel Is etidronate available as a generic drug? GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes Do I need a prescription for etidronate? Yes What are the side effects of etidronate? Seek emergency medical attention if you have signs of an allergic […]

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zaleplon (Sonata)

zaleplon (Sonata)

What is zaleplon, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Zaleplon is a hypnotic (a medication that induces sleep) that is used for treating insomnia. It is chemically unrelated to the benzodiazepine class of medications for sleep, for example, lorazepam (Ativan), oxazepam (Serax), flurazepam (Dalmane), triazolam (Halcion), and temazepam (Restoril), but it has similar […]