Medications

‘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 they can make up more than half of a pill’s mass. While these components are usually considered benign, a new study from MIT […]

Health Problems

Want to save the planet? Stop trying to be its friend

A new theory suggests that we think of our relationship with the environment like a social exchange, leading to the belief that ‘environmentally friendly’ behavior can compensate for ‘harmful’ behavior. But unlike a social misstep, our environmental footprint cannot be smoothed over. Published in Frontiers in Psychology, the research reveals how advertisers, politicians and economic […]

Personal Health

Should we be screening future parents for genetic disorders?

Should public health-care systems provide couples with expanded screening for genetic disorders before they decide to become pregnant? Screening programmes could increase our reproductive choices and autonomy. But there are ethical issues at stake. “With more choices comes more responsibility, which, in turn, can cause moral distress. Instead of couples asking themselves if this is […]

Health News

Most Nations May Be Rid of Cervical Cancer By 2100

THURSDAY, Feb. 21, 2019 — Rapid expansion of HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening could eliminate the cancer as a major health problem in many countries by the end of the century, a new study claims. HPV (human papillomavirus) causes most cases of cervical cancer, and the researchers determined that more than 13 million cases […]

Medications

Combination therapy might be beneficial in schizophrenia

Combining certain types of two antipsychotic agents in the maintenance treatment of schizophrenia is associated with a lower risk of relapse than using monotherapy. This is suggested in a paper published by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The current treatment guidelines should modify their categorical recommendations discouraging all antipsychotic polypharmacy, according […]

Health News

Stool transplants from ‘super donors’ could be a cure-all

Recently, a growing number of studies have discovered diseases that are connected with changes in the gut’s microbiota. Cancer, obesity, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder are only some of the conditions that researchers have linked with an imbalance in the bacterial composition of our gut. This imbalance bears the name “dysbiosis,” and observational studies have […]

Health Problems

Price of alirocumab would have to be cut to be cost-effective

(HealthDay)—For patients with a recent acute coronary syndrome receiving a statin, the price of alirocumab would have to be reduced to be cost-effective, according to a study published online Jan. 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Dhruv S. Kazi, M.D., from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and colleagues examined the cost-effectiveness […]