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Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Fell By 3 Percent Last Year: Why?

According to a recent analysis from Georgetown University, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) declined from 74.6 million in January of last year to 72.4 million in January of 2019, representing a drop of approximately 3 percent. It also means that some 860,000 children of low-income families...

Additional Losartan Drugs Recalled Over Carcinogen Contamination Concerns

The recent recall of sartan-based blood pressure medications has been expanded yet again. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has put out a notice for 36 lots of losartan potassium and losartan potassium with hydrochlorothiazide after testing revealed traces of a carcinogenic chemical. The current recall affects over 1 million bottles. Since the problem...

Proton Pump Inhibitors Nexium and Prilosec Should be Used Sparingly

You have probably felt the sensation before: a burning pain just above your stomach, behind the sternum. You're suffering from heartburn, the result of stomach acid backing up into your esophagus. If you are like most people, you reach for a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) such as Nexium or Prilosec.

Uloric Risks and Alternatives

Since the FDA added a boxed warning to Uloric for elevated risk of fatal cardiovascular events in February 2019, physicians and patients who take Uloric for gout are reconsidering the treatment. Because of the possibility of death, Uloric has since been removed as a first line treatment for gout. Heart-related deaths among...

Once Considered a Rural Phenomenon, the Opioid Epidemic Moves Into Eastern Cities

Since awareness of the issue of opioid addiction began to reach public consciousness in the late 1990s, opioid addiction...

While Congress Continues to Embrace the For-Profit Medicine, Washington State Moves Forward on Universal Health Care

Last month, in a move that went largely unnoticed by the national media, Washington Governor Jay Inslee started moving...

“U.S. Healthcare at its Ugliest”: How Private Companies Have Profited From Emergency Care

It is a dirty little secret that keeps coming out more and more these days. It is the practice of...

Neocate Bone Fractures – is a Nutritional Deficit Responsible?

Neocate, an “elemental formula” for infants and young children manufactured by Nutricia, has been linked to a number of...

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...

The Opioid Epidemic is Resulting in More Infection Related Strokes

Earlier this week, a prominent vascular neurologist who spoke at the recent annual...

New Series Of Bills Will Allow For US To Negotiate Generic Drug Prices

A group of progressives from both the House and the Senate have...

Researchers Discover Link Between Oral Hygiene and Dementia Risk

Could there be a link between bleeding gums and Alzheimer's disease? A group...

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...

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...

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...