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Think You Know What Will Help Your Achy Knees? Think Again

NSAIDs like ibuprofen, naproxen may actually exacerbate osteoarthritis inflammation: scientists

(Newser) - When those achy joints start acting up, it seems to be popular wisdom to pop an Advil, Motrin, or Aleve. Now, however, scientists say ibuprofen and naproxen, sold under these brand names and others, may actually exacerbate things for patients suffering from osteoarthritis, worsening their inflammation instead of tamping it...

UK Health Chief Slammed for 'Monumental Stupidity'

Therese Coffey admitted to sharing antibiotics with pal, a move BMA blasts as dangerous, unlawful

(Newser) - Rule No. 1 of taking antibiotics: Finish the entire bottle you're prescribed, even after you start to feel better. Rule No. 2: Don't share those antibiotics with friends. Rule No. 3: Be especially careful not to break the first and second rules if you're the UK's...

There's an Optimal Way to Take a Pill
There's an
Optimal Way
to Take a Pill
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There's an Optimal Way to Take a Pill

Do it lying down, on your right side

(Newser) - If your answer to "how do you take a pill?" is "with water," it may be time to make your process a little more sophisticated. Johns Hopkins University researchers explored how your posture when taking a pill impacts the body's absorption of the medication. It turns...

Only Humans Were Known to Do This—Until Now
Only Humans Were Known
to Do This—Until Now
NEW STUDY

Only Humans Were Known to Do This—Until Now

Chimpanzees appear to self-medicate with insects: study

(Newser) - Officials with the Ozouga Chimpanzee Project at Loango National Park in Gabon first spotted a female chimp taking a tiny winged insect from her mouth and placing it in a wound on her son's foot in November 2019. She then removed the bug and repeated the process two more...

Recall After Very Different Drugs 'Inadvertently' Bottled Together

AvKare issues recall of sildenafil, trazodone pills

(Newser) - Check your cabinets because pharmaceutical distributor AvKare is recalling both an antidepressant and an erectile dysfunction medication—which were accidentally packaged together. That means someone intending to manage their depression might have ended up with an erection, though there are other complications to worry about. Sildenafil, the active ingredient in...

Woman Shows Up at ER, Learns Her Blood Turned Blue

'I'm weak and I'm blue,' she told doctors in Rhode Island

(Newser) - An emergency room doctor in Rhode Island says he treated a blue-blooded woman—and he doesn't mean she was an aristocrat. In a case described in the New England Journal of Medicine , Dr. Otis Warren says the 25-year-old woman arrived at a Providence hospital with "weakness, fatigue, shortness...

Kids Get 'Werewolf Syndrome' After Drug Plant Mix-Up

Stomach medicine was contaminated with hair growth drug

(Newser) - Parents in Spain have been relieved to discover that the "werewolf syndrome" affecting their children is reversible—and has nothing do to with the full moon. Authorities say that a mix-up at a drug company led to parents giving their children minoxidil, a drug used to treat hair loss,...

Congress Passes 'Right-to-Try' Drug Bill

Law will let terminally ill patients bypass FDA

(Newser) - A "right-to-try" bill that allows terminally ill patients to request medication that hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration has passed Congress and is expected to be signed by President Trump. The bill, which passed the Senate last August, sailed through the House Tuesday with a...

Reporter's Disappearance May Be Tied to Meds

Cops say 29-year-old Courtney Roland, who was found safe, is still 'pretty confused'

(Newser) - A Texas reporter found safe after being reported missing over the weekend may have had a bad reaction to medications she was taking, the Houston PD now says. Per People , a police spokesman told a presser Monday that Courtney Roland may still be suffering the effects of the medication and...

Feds Approve Pill With Digital Tracking System

Tiny chip communicates with smartphone app

(Newser) - In an unprecedented step to ensure that patients with mental disorders take the medicine prescribed for them, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system. The drug Abilify MyCite was developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Abilify was...

In Pizzeria's 25-Cent Toy Machine, Kid Finds ... Pills?

Police are investigating how prescription meds ended up in the machine

(Newser) - A mother's alarming Facebook post about a 25-cent vending machine dispensing medication instead of toys to her 7-year-old daughter has gone viral in the days before Halloween. Courtney Jones allowed her mother to give her youngest daughter, Allyson, three quarters at the Rochester House of Pizza in New Hampshire...

Lawmaker to Diabetic Girl's Mom: Pay for Your Own Meds

Miss. woman 'flabbergasted' by response

(Newser) - A mother of a diabetic girl in Mississippi asked a state lawmaker for help getting through Medicaid red tape and was stunned by his insulting response. "I am sorry for your problem. Have you thought about buying the supplies with money that you earn?" wrote Rep. Jeffrey Guice. Nicole...

Selma Blair 'Very Sorry' for Plane Outburst

She says she mixed alcohol, medication

(Newser) - Mixing booze and medication on a flight was an enormous mistake, Selma Blair says in an apology for her bizarre behavior on a flight from Cancun, Mexico, to Los Angeles on Monday. "After a lovely trip with my son and his dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that...

Selma Blair Has Disturbing Outburst on Plane

Gets taken off on a stretcher

(Newser) - Selma Blair had a scary outburst on a plane Monday that ended with her being taken off the flight by stretcher and rushed to the hospital, People reports. Based on photos posted on Instagram , the actress had apparently flown to Cancun, Mexico, for Father's Day weekend with her 4-year-old...

Unable to Afford Meds, Man Kills Sick Wife: Cops

She was in 'excruciating' pain, says neighbor

(Newser) - William Hager watched his 78-year-old wife, Carolyn, suffer from medical problems, including arthritis, for 15 years. But when the couple could no longer afford her medication, an ominous idea popped into his head, per CNN . Authorities say Hager, 86, called police around 1pm Monday, allegedly telling responding deputies, "I...

Right-to-Die Group: We Have Cheaper Way to Die

End of Life Washington offers own drug concoction

(Newser) - Right-to-die advocates in Washington state have created a cheaper alternative mixture of medications to help terminally ill patients legally end their lives after a drug company abruptly hiked the price of a drug commonly used for the purpose, the AP reports. Doctors with the End of Life Washington advocacy group...

Errors With Meds Happen in Half of All Surgeries

And the longer your procedure, the greater the risk

(Newser) - In past studies, doctors rarely self-reported medication errors during surgery. But a new study out of Massachusetts General Hospital, based on researcher observations during 277 procedures in the anesthesiology department, arrived at a far different conclusion: that about half of all surgeries involve a medication error or "adverse" drug...

FDA OKs 1st 3D-Printed Pill
 FDA OKs 1st 3D-Printed Pill 

FDA OKs 1st 3D-Printed Pill

Technology makes medicine much easier to swallow, maker says

(Newser) - It might seem like something out of Star Trek, but pills that are produced by a printer are now a reality and the FDA has approved the first one. In what the BBC says is a world first, Aprecia Pharmaceuticals has won approval to produce epilepsy medication Spritam on a...

Pharma Firms Buy Drugs, Immediately Hike Prices

One health care expert calls it 'highway robbery'

(Newser) - If you've noticed the cost of your prescription meds creeping up, it might be because their original manufacturer sold them to another company, which then went ahead and hiked up the price. It's a pharmaceutical industry tactic being used more often to increase sales and bring more money...

Number of Seniors on Pain Pills Surges, Alarmingly

'USA Today' analysis reveals jump over 5 years

(Newser) - More seniors are getting powerful pain meds for longer periods through Medicare, USA Today reports—and the increases are drastic. One in five seniors now gets prescribed pain drugs like Vicodin and Percocet. The number getting opioid pain medication prescriptions jumped 30% between 2007 and 2012, passing 8.5 million...

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