Health Problems

Blacks live longer, not necessarily better, with ALS

(HealthDay)—Black Americans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) tend to live longer than whites with the disease because blacks are more likely to have a procedure called a tracheostomy, a new study shows. But that may not always be a good thing, the researchers noted. ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease […]

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 News

FDA Warns Americans Not to Buy Drugs From Canadian Company

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 — A large Canadian drug distributor sells unapproved and mislabeled medicines to Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. The distributor disputes the claim, however. CanaRx sells common prescription medicines at a lower cost to hundreds of public and private employer programs in the United States, including city and […]

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Teens’ Social Media Use Does Not Predict Later Depression

THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 — Social media use does not predict later depressive symptoms among adolescents or college undergraduates, according to a study recently published in Clinical Psychological Science. Taylor Heffer, from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues studied associations between social media use and depressive symptoms over time among 594 adolescents […]