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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

1/27/15 Health News: Drugs from dirt ♦ Higher dementia risk linked to common drugs ♦ Safety of Imported Seafood ♦ Methadone to treat pain increases risk of death

Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs
A large study links a significantly increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, to taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects. Many older people take these medications, which include nonprescription Benadryl.Continue Reading
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill this past week that would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of imported seafood. According to the American Shrimp Processors Association, which supports the bill, S. 190 increases inspection standards on foreign imported seafood, requires foreign exporters to meet U.S.... Continue Reading
Poor social integration = poor health
There are many benefits to being supported by a strong social network. But can a bigger friend base actually make you healthier? New research shows that social relationships do have a positive influence our physical well-being. Continue Reading
Drugs from dirt: Scientists develop first global roadmap for drug discovery
Scientists have analyzed soils from beaches, forests, and deserts on five continents and found the best places in the world to mine untapped antibiotic and anticancer drugs. The findings provide a road map for future drug discovery. Continue Reading
Use of methadone to treat pain increases risk of death, study shows
Outside the hospital, use of methadone to treat pain carries a 46 percent increased risk of death when compared to the equally effective but more costly alternative, morphine SR (sustained release), according to a recent study Continue Reading

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