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For One Woman, Popular Red Yeast Supplement Brought on Liver Damage

For One Woman, Popular Red Yeast Supplement Brought on Liver Damage

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Digestion News MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — She thought red yeast supplements would be a natural way to lower her cholesterol. What could be easier? Instead, the 64-year-old woman landed in the hospital with acute liver damage that her doctors say was likely caused by taking the over-the-counter […]

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AHA News: Which Diet Keeps Your Heart Healthy?

AHA News: Which Diet Keeps Your Heart Healthy?

Latest Diet & Weight Management News MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — Diet doesn’t have to be a four-letter word. Most of the time, a diet implies weight loss and comes loaded with restrictions and perhaps even plans that aren’t very healthy. But new recommendations released recently by a team of health […]

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Common Diabetes Test May Often Miss the Mark

Common Diabetes Test May Often Miss the Mark

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Diabetes News MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A commonly used diabetes test may not spot the disease as well as an older test does, a new study suggests. The researchers said the newer test — called hemoglobin A1C — didn’t catch three-quarters of the diabetes diagnoses found by […]

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Too Early To Ban Breast Implant Linked With Cancer: FDA Panel

Too Early To Ban Breast Implant Linked With Cancer: FDA Panel

It’s too early to ban a type of breast implant recently linked to a rare form of cancer, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration expert panel advised Monday. Latest Cancer News More information is needed to learn more about the issue, the panel said after spending a day reviewing evidence on the risks of breast […]

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Medicaid Coverage for Lung Cancer Screening All Over the Map

Medicaid Coverage for Lung Cancer Screening All Over the Map

Latest Cancer News MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — State Medicaid programs must do more to make sure that people at high risk for lung cancer are screened for the deadly disease, a new American Lung Association report says. Medicaid is the public assistance program offering health care coverage for low-income Americans. Medicaid coverage […]

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albuterol (Ventolin, Proventil)

albuterol (Ventolin, Proventil)

What is albuterol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Albuterol sulphate dilates the airways of the lung and is used for treating asthma and other conditions of the lung. Asthma is a breathing problem due to narrowing of the airways (bronchial tubes) that allow air to move in and out of the lungs. […]

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terbutaline (Brethine)

terbutaline (Brethine)

What is terbutaline, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Terbutaline is a member of a class of drugs called beta adrenergic receptor agonists (stimulators) that is used for treating asthma and other diseases of the airways. Other drugs in the same class of drugs include albuterol (Proventil), metaproterenol (Alupent), pirbuterol (Maxair), and salmeterol […]

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Tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz)

What is Tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz), and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Tofacitinib is an oral drug used for treating rheumatoid arthritis. It belongs to a class of drugs called Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors. JAKs are enzymes (proteins) that regulate chemical signaling pathways that control biologic processes such as blood formation and the immune […]

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colchicine (Colcrys)

What are the uses for colchicine? Colchicine is used for the treatment of acute flares of gout. It also is used for treating FMF in adults and children 4 years of age or older. Other unapproved uses of colchicine include treatment of pseudogout, amyloidosis, and scleroderma. These unapproved uses of colchicine require further evaluation. What […]

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A Good Spring Clean Can Help Tame Seasonal Allergies

Latest Allergies News MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When it’s finally time to store away your winter coats and boots, it’s also a good time to rid your home of the allergens that accumulated over the winter, an allergist suggests. “If you aren’t someone who regularly undertakes spring cleaning, consider tackling it this […]