Statins Plus Certain Antibiotics May Set Off Toxic Reaction: Study

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From Drugs.com Doctors should avoid ordering certain antibiotics for older patients who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor, Canadian researchers say. Statins, which are taken by many millions of people, don’t mix well with the antibiotics clarithromycin or erythromycin, according to a study, published in the June 18 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. These two commonly used …

Numbers fail to answer that one vital question

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From James C. Salwitz, MD When I visited Allan in the hospital yesterday, I told him to get up and stroll the hall. However, when I checked in on him this afternoon, the nurses informed me that he refused to get up, even to the chair.  When I asked why, Allan told me he could not walk.  I was concerned, …

Breakthrough in breast cancer surgery without disfigurement

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Serious tissue damage and disfigurement are a major fallout of most cancer therapies, but the one for breast cancer in particular has life-altering impact on women. Chicago-based Ananda Chakrabarty, a world-renowned pioneering biotech scientist, and Washington-based Susan Finston, a veteran of the biotech industry, together believe they are potentially close to resolving this major medical challenge. Finston passionately talks about …

No cure for what ails you? Try CureLauncher to locate clinical trials with cutting edge treatments

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In Orlando, more than 550 clinical trials are looking for participants to help find better treatments and cures for such chronic diseases as cancer, AIDS and diabetes. Across Florida, nearly 2,500 studies are looking for subjects. “We have a lot of clinical trials going on here, and they are a struggle to fill,” said Dr. Jason Lang, a pediatric pulmonologist …

A psychiatric disorder or a profound lack of discipline in our kids?

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by Greg Smith MD I have seen quite a few children in the emergency departments of South Carolina in the past three years, more than I could have imagined just a while ago. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I am not a child psychiatrist by trade. Like any general psychiatrist, my training provided me with didactic and clinical …

Looking up health information online: Do you really trust your doctor?

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By James C. Salwitz Physicians are bothered by their patient’s fear.  One of the worst parts of actually caring is that when other people suffer and especially when they are frightened, you suffer with them.  It is bad when the trepidation is about something real, such as a new disease, but it is particularly disturbing when the source of the …

Scientists ID Gene Linked to Aggressive Liver Cancer

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From Drugs.com Researchers have found a gene they say can help identify patients facing aggressive liver cancer, and may prove key to their future treatment. This is good news in a field “that has not had big advances before this and has not been the beneficiary of genomic medicine,” said Dr. Richard Goldberg, a professor of medicine at the Ohio …

Shocking Sleep Deprivation Effects You Need to Know

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What is Sleep Deprivation By Harleena Singh It is the condition of being deprived of sleep or not having enough sleep. Usually it is the cumulative deficiency of sleep over a period of time. Everything is alright until the sleep deprivation effects emerge in the form of physical and psychiatric symptoms. Sleep deprivation also affects your emotional behavior and social …

More Bridges, More Options in Cancer Treatment – ASCO 2013 Wrap Up

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POSTED IN Blog, Healthcare, Pharma The ASCO 2013 Annual Meeting has come to a close and the over 25,000 attendees have returned home armed with new ideas around the advances in cancer treatment. The conference highlighted immunotherapies, breakthrough drugs and difficult issues facing the oncology community. Immunotherapies were the hottest new topic in oncotherapy development, you expect to hear much …

Bad News For Sugar Lovers

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Written by Dr Ann Lovick & Ron Baron I had an eye-opening experience with cancer (over 8 years ago) and learned that sugar was is like filet mignon to cancer cells. If you’ve ever heard of a PET Scan – it’s a process where you are injected with radioactive ‘sugar’ isotopes and then sent through the scanning tunnel. The radio …