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Fentanyl: The Deadliest Opioid, Says CDC

Among the ten most frequently mentioned drugs in reports on overdose fatalities, the synthetic opioid fentanyl leads the way. This is according to a recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control. From 2011 through 2016, the number of fentanyl-related deaths rose by a whopping 1,000 percent. Prior to 2016,...

Despite Demonstrated Dangers, Robotic Surgery Continues to Grow in Popularity

“Minimally invasive” robotic surgery has been around since the early 1980s. A major breakthrough was achieved in 2006 when a robot with artificial intelligence successfully carried out heart surgery remotely on a patient in Italy.Robotics have proven effective in many kinds of surgeries, but in one area,...

Alternative to Statin Drugs On the Horizon

The New England Journal of Medicine has potentially good news this month for patients struggling with elevated LDL cholesterol levels and are sensitive to the side effects of statin drugs (of which there are many). It concerns a new medication that has been under investigation for the treatment of high cholesterol...

Could Side Effects of Prescription Medicines Be Due to Gluten Intolerance?

Bad reactions resulting from unanticipated side effects have been in the news a great deal in recent years. A fair number of new prescriptions have serious and even life-threatening side effects – such as gliflozin drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes, the antipsychotic medication aripiprazole, and proton pump inhibitors indicated for...

Class of Commonly-Prescribed Antibiotics Linked to Aortic Aneurysm and More

Fluoroquinolones are broad-spectrum antibiotics frequently used for the treatment of bacterial infections, particularly those of the urogenital tract and pelvic...

The Opioid Epidemic is Resulting in More Infection Related Strokes

Earlier this week, a prominent vascular neurologist who spoke at the recent annual conference of the American Stroke Association...

Study Indicates Link Between Antipsychotics and Death Among Young People

Last month, the journal JAMA Psychiatry published a study suggesting that the use of antipsychotic medications may be fatal for...

The Alarming Increase in Opioid Overdose Fatalities Among Middle-Aged Women

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a disturbing report about the nation's current opioid crisis. It...

Taking Anxiety Meds? Beware of Proton Pump Inhibitors Such As Nexium and Prilosec

Some of the most frequently prescribed medications in the U.S. are anxiety drugs....

Another Class of Diabetic Drugs to Beware of — Gliptins

One class of potentially dangerous diabetic prescriptions, SGLT-2 inhibitors, have been getting a great deal...

Hundreds of Different Prescription Drugs Linked to Depression

This past year a team of researchers from the University of Illinois and...

Proton Pump Inhibitors Possibly Linked to Elevated Stomach Cancer Risk

A study published in the journal Gut has found an association between the...

The Flaming Disaster That is Healthcare In America

Is Healthcare broken when a working family has to skip treatments due...

Robert Pollin: Medicare For All, With Money To Spare

A new study out of PERI recently took a look at the...

Judge Says Big Pharma Doesn’t Have To Pay For Opioid Epidemic In New York

A judge in Manhattan has blocked an effort by lawmakers to make...

Johnson & Johnson Internal Documents Reveal Company’s Knowledge Of Cancer Causing Talc Powder

Via America’s Lawyer: For more than 30 years, Johnson & Johnson knew...

Johnson & Johnson’s Stock Takes Big Hit on Baby Powder Asbestos Concerns

Johnson & Johnson, maker of Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, was once the...

New Legislation Could End Big Pharma’s Price Gouging In America

Big Pharma’s price gouging is finally on the radar for our elected...