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Research ties common heartburn medications to kidney disease and failure

Common medications prescribed to treat heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers are linked to increased risks for kidney failure and chronic kidney disease, found a recent University at Buffalo study.

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Young child goes to ED for medicine poisoning every 10 minutes

(HealthDay)—The number of children younger than age 6 years treated at U.S. emergency departments for medicine poisonings has declined in recent years, but there were still nearly 52,000 cases in 2017, a new report says.

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Engineering treatments for the opioid epidemic

The U.S. is reeling from a public health crisis driven by the misuse of prescription and illicit opioids with nearly 12 million people abusing the drugs annually. The Midwest saw opioid overdoses increase 70 percent from ...

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Stress hormones promote breast cancer metastasis

It has long been thought that stress contributes to cancer progression. Scientists from the University of Basel and the University Hospital of Basel have deciphered the molecular mechanisms linking breast cancer metastasis ...

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FDA OKs blood pressure drug to ease shortage due to recalls

(HealthDay)—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new generic version of the high blood pressure/heart failure drug valsartan, saying the move might help ease the current medication shortage.

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'Inactive' ingredients may not be, study finds

Most pills and capsules, whether over-the-counter or prescription, include components other than the actual drug. These compounds, known as "inactive ingredients," help to stabilize the drug or aid in its absorption, and ...

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Study links cardiac arrests to opioid overdoses

An increasing proportion of all cardiac arrests occurring outside of the hospital are related to drug overdoses, according to a new study conducted by two University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix students.

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Tramadol may up mortality risk in osteoarthritis patients

(HealthDay)—The initial prescription of tramadol compared with commonly prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be associated with increased all-cause mortality among patients with osteoarthritis, according ...

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Ketamine-based nasal spray to treat depression

The FDA recently approved a ketamine-based drug to assist with treating depression. The new medication, Spravato, is an intranasal spray that can help those suffering with extreme depression who see little results with psychiatric ...

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Opioid crisis: Only a US phenomenon?

Addiction to prescription opioids has reached a crisis level in the United States. Now the drug is causing concern across the Atlantic. Researchers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden urge caution after discovering that prescriptions ...

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Dual receipt of opioids tied to increased risk for OD death

(HealthDay)—For veterans enrolled in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicare Part D, receipt of opioids from both VA and Part D is associated with an increased likelihood of death from prescription opioid ...