Pharmacist-led interventions may help prevent cardiovascular disease

With their expertise in the safe and effective use of medications, pharmacists can help in the management of chronic diseases. A review and analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology indicates that initiatives—such as patient education, medication review, and physical assessments—led by pharmacists can make important contributions to the prevention of cardiovascular disease.…

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Combine chemical probe resources to optimize biomedical research, scientists urge

A new report urges biomedical researchers to use online web resources very carefully, taking into account their complementary benefits and weaknesses, when selecting small-molecule chemical probes to help answer their research questions. In a ‘special report’ published today in the journal Future Medicinal Chemistry today (Thursday), scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, carried…

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M.R.I.s Can Better Detect Cancer in Women With Dense Breasts, Study Finds

Many women who have mammograms get normal results that come with a caveat: They are told they have dense breast tissue, which can make their scans harder to read and could leave cancer undetected. Sometimes those patients are advised to follow up by getting ultrasounds or magnetic resonance imaging (M.R.I.) scans, but for many, it…

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Swimmers Beware of Deep Brain Stimulation

A lifelong swimmer leapt into deep water near his lakeside home, and was horrified to find himself completely unable to swim. Had his wife not rescued him, he might have drowned. He had recently received an electronic brain implant to control tremors and other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and somehow the signals from the device…

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Medical News Today: What to know about lithium toxicity

Lithium toxicity, or lithium overdose, can occur when a person takes too much of a mood-stabilizing medication that contains lithium. It can also develop when the body does not excrete lithium properly. Lithium, or lithium carbonate, is an active ingredient in some drugs that treat mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. Overdose can cause…

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UTI in pregnancy: Everything you need to know

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are common, and women can often experience them during pregnancy. Left untreated, a UTI can pose a serious health risk to a pregnant woman and a developing fetus. This article outlines the possible causes of a UTI in pregnancy, as well as the potential risks. We also provide information on…

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Thanksgiving, When You’ve Got Nowhere Else to Go

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Almost a week before Thanksgiving, residents at Chiz’s Heart Street group home begin their preparations. With six turkeys to defrost and brine, more than 50 pounds of sweet potatoes to cube and giant trays of stuffing to mix, this is not a one-day job. The meal will be served family-style, but many of…

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Medical News Today: Herpes symptoms: How long do they take to show up?

Herpes is a viral skin infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Symptoms may not appear immediately after a person contracts the virus. When herpes symptoms do appear, they can affect the genital or oral area. There are two types of HSV: type 1, which mainly causes oral herpes, and type 2, which tends…

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