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Blood Thinners Can Come With Dangerous Side Effects

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Blood-thinning drugs can save your life by preventing a heart attack or stroke caused by artery-blocking blood clots. But these are powerful drugs, and a pair of new studies detail side effects people need to understand before taking them. The effectiveness of a class of blood thinners called nonvitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) can be significantly altered through interaction with other drugs, the first study reveals. In some cases, these drug interactions increase a person's risk of life-threatening bleeding in locations such as the brain and gastrointestinal tract. In other cases, the NOACs' effectiveness is reduced, robbing patients of some protection against stroke and heart attack. "NOACs alone do not pose a significant risk of bleeding, but the concurrent use of NOACs with certain drugs that share the same metabolic pathways may cause increased risk ... Read more

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Health Tip: Can't Clear Your Acne?

Posted 2 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you're having little success in clearing your acne, experts say you shouldn't give up hope. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: If you're trying a new treatment, give it time to work before you try something else. You should see some improvement in four-to-six weeks. Always follow the instructions on any medication or skin care product. Don't scrub or pick at your skin. Avoid touching it repeatedly. Use products labeled "oil-free," "non-comedogenic" or "non-acnegenic" that shouldn't clog pores. Use acne medication on any area prone to a breakout, not just on active blemishes. Regularly wash pillowcases, hats and anything that touches your face. Read more

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Study Highlights the Beauty Industry's Ugly Side

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – When you purchase a new eye shadow or shampoo, you expect those products will be safe and that they won't cause skin breakouts – or worse. But new research found that's not always the case. And, because cosmetics are woefully underregulated in the United States, and there's no solid system in place to catch when personal care products are harmful, it's possible you'll never hear about a problem with a product, the study suggested. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration complaints database contains only 5,144 adverse events between 2004 and 2016 reported in connection with cosmetics, noted the study's senior author Dr. Steve Xu. He's a dermatologist with Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "Here is a $400 billion industry with millions of products and multiple controversies, but we only had about 5,000 adverse events over the course of ... Read more

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Staph Aureus Rates Of Resistance To Certain Antibiotics Show A Decrease Over Time

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – Staphylococcus aureus infections among U.S. hospital patients have been less resistant to key antibiotics in recent years, a new study finds. Between 2009 and 2015, researchers tested antibiotic resistance in more than 19,000 S. aureus samples from 42 medical centers nationwide. "Results showed that S. aureus' rates of resistance to certain antibiotics decreased over time, which isn't often seen," study co-author Dr. Helio Sader said in an American Society for Microbiology news release. Sader is senior director of microbiology and surveillance at JMI Laboratories in North Liberty, Iowa. Rates of S. aureus resistance to the antibiotic oxacillin (Bactocill) fell from 47.2 percent in 2009 to 43.6 percent in 2015 to 42.2 percent in 2016. S. aureus resistance to other antibiotics, such as levofloxacin (Levaquin), clindamycin (Cleocin) and erythromycin, also ... Read more

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No Link Between Common Antibiotic, Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – The widely used antibiotic azithromycin doesn't increase the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, a new study finds. Azithromycin (Zithromax) is often used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections. It belongs to a class of drugs known as macrolides. Another type of macrolide called erythromycin can disrupt the heart's normal rhythm. That antibiotic has been linked to a potentially life-threatening heart condition called ventricular arrhythmia. Recent studies have reached conflicting conclusions about whether azithromycin is also linked to an increased risk of death from that condition. In an effort to clarify the issue, researchers analyzed data from more than 14 million new antibiotic users. The patients were located in Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The study found that 0.1 percent developed ventricular arrhythmia. ... Read more

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Acne Yields Up Secret That Points to New Treatments

Posted 28 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 – In a finding that could lead to new treatments for acne, scientists say they've discovered a previously unrecognized way in which bacteria trigger inflammation in the skin. The skin is the body's first line of defense against invading germs. But it's also constantly awash in bacteria of all kinds – and usually puts up no fight. "It's a big puzzle as to why we tolerate all these bacteria on our skin," said lead researcher Dr. Richard Gallo, interim chair of dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. "Usually, we walk around at peace with them," Gallo pointed out. "But at certain times, that detente breaks down and you get an infection." In its study, Gallo's team focused on the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria. As the name suggests, the bacteria can contribute to acne – as well as certain other infections. Usually, P. acnes lives on the skin ... Read more

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Acne's Silver Lining: Slower Aging of the Skin?

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – There's some potentially good news for people with a history of acne – their skin may age more slowly than those who didn't have to suffer mottled skin through adolescence. That's the suggestion of a British study that included just over 1,200 twins. One-quarter of them struggled with acne at some point in their life. "For many years, dermatologists have identified that the skin of acne sufferers appears to age more slowly than in those who have not experienced any acne in their lifetime. Whilst this has been observed in clinical settings, the cause of this was previously unclear," said lead researcher Dr. Simone Ribero. He is a dermatologist in the department of twin research and genetic epidemiology at King's College London. "Our findings suggest that the cause could be linked to the length of telomeres, which appears to be different in acne sufferers and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Ignore Acne

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Acne is more than just a nuisance and a blow to someone's good looks. Letting acne run its course is not the best advice, the American Academy of Dermatology says. The academy adds: Lack of treatment can lead to permanent scarring and dark spots. Treating and ridding your skin of acne can boost self-esteem. Ignoring acne isn't wise or necessary. There are a host of effective treatments available. Read more

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Safe Treatments Available for Expectant Moms' Skin Conditions

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – There are a number of safe and effective ways to treat chronic skin conditions in pregnant women, a dermatologist says. "If there is a way to manage your skin condition without medication during pregnancy, that is the preferred option," said Dr. Jenny Eileen Murase, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. "If you have a condition that does require medication, however, a board-certified dermatologist can help you identify a treatment that's safe for both you and your baby," she added in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. The release was timed to coincide with the academy's annual meeting, which starts Friday in Washington, D.C. Eczema is the most common rash dermatologists see in pregnancy, Murase said. "Expectant mothers often see their existing eczema get worse or have a flare for the first ... Read more

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Misconceptions About Acne Still Common

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – There are still plenty of negative and mistaken beliefs about people with acne, a new study finds. Researchers showed photos of acne and several common skin conditions to study participants and asked them their views about each condition. More than 62 percent said they were upset by the photos of acne. And more than 80 percent said they felt pity toward people with acne, the research revealed. Of even greater concern, more than two-thirds said they would be ashamed if they had acne and would find someone with acne unattractive. Forty-one percent said they would be uncomfortable being seen in public with someone with acne, and more than 44 percent said they would be uncomfortable touching a person with acne, the findings showed. Many of the study participants had common misconceptions about acne. Fifty-five percent mistakenly believed acne was caused by poor ... Read more

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Health Tip: Acne Has Lasting Effects

Posted 15 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Acne may be most visible on the skin, but for many people, its effects are greater than just temporary blemishes. Acne can lead to these physical and emotional issues, says the American Academy of Dermatology: Developing poor self-esteem and isolation. Developing depression, which can become severe. Developing dark spots that remain after acne has cleared. These may last for months or years. Developing scars. Read more

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Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to price inflation, up 279 percent between 2011 and 2014, based on the drugs surveyed. Price increases for skin treatments far outpaced the general inflation rate of 11 percent during the six-year study period, the researchers said. "Cancer drugs were the worst in terms of the numbers" – up 1,240 percent or nearly $11,000 over the six-year study period – primarily because of two medicines, said Dr. Steven Rosenberg, voluntary professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of ... Read more

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Could a Vitamin Play a Role in Acne Outbreaks?

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – New research suggests that high levels of vitamin B12 may affect germ activity in certain people, boosting the odds that they'll develop acne. However, it's too early to say if anyone should cut down on their vitamin B12 intake from food or vitamins to avoid getting pimples, researchers said. "I don't think we have studied enough to suggest that," said study leader Huiying Li, assistant professor of molecular & medical pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Still, the research provides insight into not only vitamin B12 but also genetic activity that could prompt pimples. "There are certain genes that could potentially influence whether people have acne breakouts or not," she said. "These genes could be targets of future drug treatment." The study appears in the June 24 issue of Science Translational Medicine. A deficiency in vitamin B12 ... Read more

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