Flu fever reduction could increase influenza cases and deaths (dailyRx News) When people start to run a fever from the flu, they often turn to medications like ibuprofen to bring the fever down. But it seems this common strategy might be dangerous. Canadian researchers have concluded that fever-reducing medications may actually help to spread the…

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Tricyclic antidepressants improved lingering gastrointestinal symptoms in treated IBD patients (dailyRx News) Successful treatment of bowel inflammation in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can still sometimes result in an irritated bowel. Help for these symptoms may come from an unlikely source. Treatments for the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are aimed at…

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Overactive bladder and urinary incontinence have an increasing number of pharmacologic treatments (dailyRx News) Having a sudden urge to urinate can strike women with overactive bladder (OAB) almost anytime. And while there are a number of lifestyle and muscular remedies, medications are taking a larger role in treating OAB. Recently, Italian researchers reviewed international literature…

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Hepatitis C treatment may soon be made easier by new medication combination (dailyRx News) Hepatitis C patients may soon have a much more effective and simple treatment. One recent study showed that combining two new medications was safe and reduced the amount of active virus in patients. This study showed a very high rate of…

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Merck recall of Liptruzet cholesterol medication might lead to possible shortages (dailyRx News) We count on prescription medications for our health, but just like fresh foods, they can be subject to recall. A recent medicine recall might lead to shortages for some patients. Pharmaceutical company Merck recently announced that it is voluntarily recalling a cholesterol…

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SSRI antidepressants in late pregnancy increased risk of newborn pulmonary hypertension (dailyRx News) Some newborns have breathing problems after birth, and according to a recent study, antidepressants taken during pregnancy may have a small role in these breathing problems. Recognizing and treating depression in pregnant women is important. Since several individual scientific reports have provided…

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Rotavirus vaccine associated with small increased risk of intussusception (dailyRx News) Vaccines have made a tremendous difference in reducing the risk of disease in the US. Yet the benefits of vaccines do not mean there are no risks to them. A recent pair of studies found an increased risk of intussusception with the current rotavirus…

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Atrial fibrillation patients may reduce stroke risk and severity of stroke with anticoagulants (dailyRx News) Stroke risk runs high for individuals with atrial fibrillation. Taking blood thinners, however, may not only lower this risk, it may reduce the likelihood of brain damage if stroke happens anyway. Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is the most common irregular heart…

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Low testosterone treatment being prescribed without thorough testing (dailyRx News) Testosterone levels naturally decrease as a man ages. Many men have been using testosterone therapy to combat these declining levels. A new study looked at the increase in testosterone therapy and the men using it. This study showed that many American men may not have…

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Epilepsy medications during pregnancy affected children differently depending on type (dailyRx News) Women with epilepsy usually need to take medications to treat the condition even while they are pregnant. But how do those medications affect their developing babies? A recent study found that one epilepsy medication appeared to affect children’s development less than another when the…

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