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Many Seniors With Cancer Use Alternative Medicines: Study

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 – Many elderly cancer patients use alternative medicines, including some that could interfere with their treatment, a new study shows. Even though alternative medicines are marketed as "natural," many contain active ingredients that can react with other therapies, the researchers explained. The study authors also found that many of these patients don't tell their doctors they are using complementary or alternative medicines (CAMs). "Currently, few oncologists are aware of the alternative medicines their patients take," study author Ginah Nightingale, an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. "Patients often fail to disclose the CAMs they take because they think they are safe, natural, non-toxic and not relevant to their cancer care, because they think their doctor will disapprove, or because the ... Read more

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Chamomile Tea Tied to Longer Lives for Mexican-American Women

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 13, 2015 – Consumption of chamomile may be linked to a longer lifespan for older Mexican-American women, new research suggests. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, found that among Mexican-American women who consumed chamomile, the risk of death during the study period was reduced by about 28 percent. "Drinking chamomile tea is beneficial to the health of Mexican-American women," said the study's lead author, Bret Howrey, assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. However, the study only showed evidence of a possible link between chamomile and longer lifespan. It didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. And at least one nutritionist questioned the validity of the study's findings. The herb chamomile is a mainstay of alternative medicine, and practitioners often recommend it to treat ... Read more

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Car Crash Risk Doubles for New Users of Sleeping Pills, Study Finds

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Sedative sleeping pills such as Ambien can nearly double the risk for car accidents among new users compared with nonusers, new research suggests. University of Washington researchers found an increased risk for crashes for people taking Restoril (temazepam), Desyrel (trazodone) or Ambien (zolpidem). That risk continued for up to a year among regular users, according to the study. "Risks associated with sleeping pills have been known for some time, though this study shows some compelling real-world consequences," said Michael Grandner, an instructor in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, who had no involvement with the study. Doctors, pharmacists and patients should discuss this potential risk when selecting a sleep medication, the researchers said. Concerns about Ambien have increased in recent years. To cut down on hazards linked to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Moms, Make Time for Yourself

Posted 6 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Keeping yourself healthier has benefits that extend to the entire family. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink plenty of water and find time to exercise regularly. Take some time for yourself each day. Schedule regular date nights to reconnect with your partner. Make time to visit with friends and enjoy time outside of being a mom. Make sure you laugh every day! Treat yourself to a massage to help release hormones that boost mood. Keep a daily journal that includes things you are thankful for. Read more

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Melatonin Doesn't Curb Delirium After Surgery

Posted 2 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 – Melatonin supplements did not reduce delirium in seniors who had surgery for hip fractures, a new study found. Many older hospital patients experience the sudden, severe confusion known as delirium due to disruption of their normal sleep-wake cycle. A lack of the hormone melatonin may be one factor that contributes to delirium, but there has been little research into whether melatonin supplements would benefit these patients. This study included 378 patients, average age 84, who had hip fracture surgery. About half the patients were given melatonin supplements while the others received a placebo. "We observed no effect of melatonin on the incidence of delirium," Dr. Annemarieke de Jonghe, of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and colleagues wrote. They also found that the average duration of delirium was the same for both groups of patients. ... Read more

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Many Shift Workers Use Drugs to Sleep, Stay Awake, Study Finds

Posted 13 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 – Many shift workers take drugs to sleep or stay awake despite lingering questions about their benefits and risks, researchers report. The study authors analyzed the findings of 15 clinical trials that included a total of 718 people. Nine of the trials found that the over-the-counter hormone drug melatonin helped shift workers sleep about 24 minutes longer during the night or day, but did not help them get to sleep quicker. One study looked at the hypnotic drug zopiclone (similar to eszopiclone which is available in the U.S.), and found that it was no more effective than an inactive placebo at helping shift workers sleep during the day. The other five studies assessed the effects of caffeine and the drugs modafinil and armodafinil, which are prescribed for sleepiness during night shifts. Caffeine reduced sleepiness during night shifts when workers also took ... Read more

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Study Finds Doctors Prescribing More Sedatives

Posted 7 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 – Doctors in the United States are writing more prescriptions for sedatives than ever before, and the frequent use of these powerful drugs in combination with narcotic painkillers may be causing medication-related deaths, a new study suggests. Sedatives are used to treat problems such as anxiety, mood disorders and insomnia, and include drugs such as Valium, Halcion, Xanax, Ativan and Librium. For the study, researchers looked at 3.1 billion primary care visits made by Americans between 2002 and 2009, and found that 12.6 percent of those visits involved prescriptions for sedatives (benzodiazepines) or narcotic (opioid) painkillers. They also found that the number of prescriptions for sedatives increased 12.5 percent a year. Patients who received narcotic painkiller prescriptions were 4.2 times more likely to also have sedative prescriptions, and the number of ... Read more

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'Sleep Hormone' Tied to Possible Lower Prostate Cancer Risk

Posted 22 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 20, 2014 – A link may exist between the sleep hormone melatonin and prostate cancer, according to a new study. But experts say it's too early for men to start popping melatonin supplements to help prevent the disease. Results of the study, which included 928 Icelandic men, suggest men who have higher levels of melatonin may have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, said lead author Sarah Markt, a doctoral candidate in the department of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. "Men who had higher levels of melatonin had a 75 percent reduced risk for developing advanced prostate cancer compared with men who had lower melatonin. The risk was especially reduced when it came to advanced disease," Markt said. The research was scheduled for presentation Sunday at an American Association for Cancer Research meeting focused on prostate cancer, held in San Diego. ... Read more

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Is a Better Sleeping Pill on the Way?

Posted 3 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 3 – A new class of sleep medications appears to help people fall asleep without causing grogginess the next day, researchers say. These new medications – known as dual orexin receptor antagonists (DORA) – target a more specific region of the brain than popular sleep drugs such as Ambien and Lunesta, promoting sleep without affecting learning and memory (also called "cognition"), according to the new research. "We've shown that these compounds improve sleep at doses that don't impact cognition," said Jason Uslaner, lead author of a study published in the April 3 issue of Science Translational Medicine. Uslaner is director of In Vivo Pharmacology at Merck & Co., which funded the study. Merck already has one such drug, suvorexant, under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). More than 30 million Americans struggle to get a good night's sleep, and about ... Read more

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Study Suggests Link Between Hormone Melatonin and Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 2 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 2 – Decreased levels of the hormone melatonin may be linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, according to new research. A study of U.S. women found that those with the lowest levels of melatonin had more than twice the risk of type 2 diabetes compared to women with the highest levels of the hormone. This association held true even after the researchers controlled for other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, such as body weight and dietary habits. But whether too little melatonin actually causes type 2 diabetes isn't clear. "We found an association between melatonin and type 2 diabetes; what we haven't got from this study is causality," said study lead author Dr. Ciaran McMullan, a research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "That's the next step of research." The findings shouldn't change clinical management. "There's no evidence that taking melatonin ... Read more

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Melatonin May Improve Sleep for People on Blood-Pressure Meds

Posted 29 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 28 – People with high blood pressure who lose sleep as the result of medications known as beta blockers may benefit from a nightly dose of melatonin. In a small study published in the October issue of the journal Sleep, people being treated for high blood pressure, or hypertension, who also took melatonin slept longer, fell asleep sooner and had more restful sleep than people taking an inactive placebo. "The sleep community is well aware of the difficulties that beta blockers can cause with insomnia and sleep fragmentation," said Dr. Michael Yurcheshen, a physician with the Strong Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. "Although the sample size [in this study] is small, the results are compelling. If real-world experience parallels [these] lab results, such changes could make a significant clinical impact for these patients." ... Read more

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Another Drug 'Take-Back Day' Scheduled for Saturday

Posted 26 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 26 – The fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says. The event gives Americans an opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. At the third Take-Back Day last October, participants turned in more than 377,000 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications at more than 5,300 sites located in all 50 states. In total, the three Take-Back Days have taken in nearly 1 million pounds of prescription drugs during the past 13 months. "The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," DEA administrator Michele Leonhart said in an agency news release. "The DEA remains hard at ... Read more

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Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 – Despite ongoing prevention efforts, a growing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned with medications, according to new research. The study, which was based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008, found that medication poisoning among children aged 5 and under increased by 22 percent, although the number of children in the United States in this age group rose by only 8 percent during the study period. "The problem of pediatric poisoning in the U.S. is getting worse, not better," Dr. Randall Bond, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. In conducting the study, which is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers reviewed information on over 544,000 children who landed in the emergency department due to medication poisoning ... Read more

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