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 […]

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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 […]

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Smoking habits do not differ for teens with, without asthma

(HealthDay)—Smoking habits do not differ for adolescents with asthma or their parents versus those without asthma, according to a letter to the editor published online Dec. 4 in Allergy. Ulrika Hellberg, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues examined self-reported smoking habits at age 16 years among adolescents and parents (4,089 participants) in relation […]