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Health Tip: Thumb Sprains

Health Tip: Thumb Sprains

(HealthDay News) — A sprained thumb occurs when ligaments stretch beyond their limits. The most common cause of a sprained thumb is falling onto an outstretched hand, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says. Latest Prevention & Wellness News Depending on the sprain’s severity, you may have bruising, tenderness and swelling around the base of […]

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Smoking While Pregnant Sends SIDS Risk Soaring

Smoking While Pregnant Sends SIDS Risk Soaring

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Pregnancy News MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Smoking during pregnancy is never a good idea, but new research shows it might double the risk of a baby dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). “Any maternal smoking during pregnancy — even just one cigarette a day — doubles […]

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propafenone (Rythmol)

propafenone (Rythmol)

What are the uses for propafenone? Propafenone is an anti-arrhythmic agent approved for use in patients with life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias, such as ventricular tachycardia. Propafenone is also effective in suppressing the recurrence of atrial fibrillation and supra-ventricular tachycardia once normal sinus rhythm has been restored. Propafenone is at least as effective as any other type […]

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nadolol (Corgard)

nadolol (Corgard)

What is nadolol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Nadolol is a member of a class of drugs called beta-adrenergic receptor blockers that is used for treating high blood pressure and heart pain (angina). Examples of other beta-adrenergic blockers include propanolol (Inderal, Inderal LA), atenolol (Tenormin), and timolol (Blocadren). Norepinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline) […]

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rivaroxaban (Xarelto)

rivaroxaban (Xarelto)

What is rivaroxaban, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Xarelto is an oral anticoagulant (blood thinner) that is used to prevent and treat blood clots. Blood clots formed in the heart are dangerous since they can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Similarly, blood clots formed in the legs or lungs […]

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AHA News: Irregular Sleep Could Impact Your Heart Health

AHA News: Irregular Sleep Could Impact Your Heart Health

Latest Heart News FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — It’s not just lack of sleep and poor sleep that can put the heart at risk — getting to bed on time may also matter, new research suggests. The new study took the unique approach of looking at how much night-to-night difference a […]

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Health Tip: Concussion Recovery for Children

Health Tip: Concussion Recovery for Children

(HealthDay News) — A concussion is a brain injury that results from an impact to the head. Latest Neurology News While it usually isn’t life-threatening, a concussion can cause short-term and long-term problems. Parents and caregivers of concussed children should take an active role in their recovery, the New York State Department of Health says. […]

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Dry Eye and Migraines Might Be Linked: Study

Dry Eye and Migraines Might Be Linked: Study

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter Latest Migraine News FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — People with migraines may be at higher odds of also having chronic dry eye disease, and that’s especially true for seniors, new research shows. The 10-year study of almost 73,000 people cared for at ophthalmology clinics in North Carolina found that […]

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PSA Test (Prostate Specific Antigen)

PSA Test (Prostate Specific Antigen)

What is the PSA screening controversy? The goal of measuring PSA in men with no symptoms of cancer as a screening test for prostate cancer is to reduce the mortality caused by this cancer. Although the advent of prostate cancer screening is associated with decreased prostate cancer deaths, concerns exist regarding risks of overtreatment and […]