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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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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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mifepristone (Mifeprex)

mifepristone (Mifeprex)

What is mifepristone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Mifepristone is a synthetic steroid with antiprogesterone and antiglucocorticoid effects. It is used for terminating pregnancy and treating people with Cushing syndrome. Progesterone is a female hormone and the principal progestational hormone. Progesterone prepares the uterus (the womb) to receive and sustain the fertilized […]

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After Chinese Infant Gene-Editing Scandal, U.S. Health Officials Join Call for a Ban

After Chinese Infant Gene-Editing Scandal, U.S. Health Officials Join Call for a Ban

Latest Pregnancy News WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The controversy over a Chinese scientist who claimed he created gene-edited babies has prompted the U.S. National Institutes of Health to join an international moratorium on such research. “Today, leading scientists and ethicists from seven countries have called for an international moratorium on the use […]

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Health Tip: Risks of Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy

Health Tip: Risks of Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) — No amount of alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy, experts say. Latest Pregnancy News Even small or moderate amounts pose a risk, says the American Pregnancy Association. Risks to offspring include, but are not limited to: Physical abnormalities. Poor coordination and memory. Hyperactive behavior. Learning, speech and intellectual disabilities. Problems with […]

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Common Household Chemicals Harm Sperm in Both Men and Dogs

Common Household Chemicals Harm Sperm in Both Men and Dogs

Latest Sexual Health News TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Two chemicals found in household products and food could harm male fertility in both dogs and people, U.K. researchers say. The chemicals are the plasticizer DEHP — used in products such as carpets, flooring, upholstery, clothes, wires and toys — and the industrial chemical […]

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Are Some Birth Control Methods Doomed to Fail?

Are Some Birth Control Methods Doomed to Fail?

Latest Women’s Health News TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Women who get pregnant when using certain contraceptives might have their genes to blame, a new study suggests. A gene variant that breaks down hormones in birth control could be the culprit, researchers reported. “When a woman says she got pregnant while on birth […]

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Are Unisom and vitamin B-6 safe during pregnancy?

Are Unisom and vitamin B-6 safe during pregnancy?

Many pregnant women take vitamin B-6 and Unisom to treat morning sickness. In the past, some people had concerns that this combination may harm the fetus. Morning sickness is very common during early pregnancy. Although people often refer to nausea and vomiting during pregnancy as “morning sickness,” it can actually happen at any time of […]