Saturday, March 23, 2019
General Healthcare News

General Healthcare News

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...

While Preventable Disease is on the Rise, “Anti-Vaxers” are Making Inroads in State Legislatures

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control reported 86 cases of measles across the country. The following year, there were 120. Between January 1st and December 29th of 2018, that number had more than tripled, to 372. The count for 2018 so far is 228 – and we're not even three...

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 toward universal health care. On January 8, Governor Inslee proposed the expansion of subsidies for private insurance, allowing those who have fallen through the cracks of the Affordable Care Act to obtain...

Sugar: a Sweet Addiction With Serious Health Consequences

According to the American Heart Association, adult males should eat no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar per day. The recommended limit for women is 6 teaspoons per day, while a child’s daily consumption should not exceed 3 teaspoons. Yet on the average, Americans consume a whopping 20 teaspoons (that's over 100...

“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 outrageous “trauma fees” and other unexpected, inflated charges presented to patients who wind up in emergency rooms. It is yet one more aspect of America's unique and dysfunctional health care “system” that...

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 disorders that result in soft, brittle bones and skeletal deformities. The root cause is a condition known as hypophosphatemia(HPP), usually caused by insufficient phosphorus in the diet. Lawsuits allege that the manufacturer...

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 organs. Other indications include patients with sickle-cell anemia who are at risk for bone infections and hospital patients with pneumonia. They have been associated with a dangerous, life-threatening injury known as aortic...

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 put together legislation that would lower the cost of prescription drugs for American citizens. Mike Papantonio explains more.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3ok9UiCC2wTranscript:*This transcript was generated...

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. Also included on the list of common prescriptions: proton pump inhibitors, such as Nexium and Prilosec.Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been associated with several severe, even life-threatening side effects when used frequently over...