Certain Steroids Raise Risk for Staph Infections

Study finds long-term use of glucocorticoids may suppress immune system, upping odds for patients People who use powerful drugs called systemic glucocorticoids are at higher risk for life-threatening staph blood infections, a new study finds. The findings are “a reminder for clinicians to weigh carefully the elevated risk against the potential beneficial effect of glucocorticoid…

Class of Drugs Commonly Used in Over-the-Counter Products such as Nighttime Cold Medicines Linked to Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

Indiana University School of Medicine news release IU scientists: Brain scans link physical changes to cognitive risks of widely used class of drugs Older adults might want to avoid a using class of drugs commonly used in over-the-counter products such as nighttime cold medicines due to their links to cognitive impairment, a research team led…

Recall: COPD Inhaler Combivent Respimat

Manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Combivent Respimat, a popular COPD inhaler. Combivent Respimat is a maintenance inhaler used to help keep airways open to make breathing easier for patients with COPD. It’s made up of a combination of two active ingredients, ipratropium and albuterol. This is a class…

Griswold man sues drug maker over side effects

Eyewitness News WFSB 3 Connecticut A common antibiotic is drawing some attention in Connecticut after some patients experienced scary side effects. A Griswold man said this drug has taken a serious toll on his body and completely changed his life. Mark Wickerd was suffering from chronic respiratory and sinus infections, so his physician prescribed him…

FDA targets illegal online pharmacies in globally coordinated action

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with other federal and international agencies, took action this week against websites that sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. The FDA and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also conducted extensive examinations at U.S.-based international mail facilities, where many packages containing prescription drugs…

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Drug Benefits

Prescription drugs can be a major cost for people with on-going health conditions, especially for people being treated for conditions such as cancer, hepatitis C, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. New drugs to treat rare and complex conditions are becoming more expensive. At the same time, the health plans sold through the insurance Marketplaces often come…

4 Drug Combinations That Can Be Accidentally Lethal

Nearly 28 percent of adults ages 20 to 59 hold multiple drug precriptions at any given time, per CDC data. In some cases, double (or tripling) up is necessary—but the wrong combo could have critical consequences, says epidemiologist Leonard Paulozzi, M.D., M.P.H. Beware these potentially toxic matches, and always ask your doctor before mixing. Read…

Aspirin Tied to Fewer Deaths in COPD Flares

High platelet counts in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations were linked to elevated mortality, which being on an antiplatelet drug appeared to counteract, an observational study showed. Thrombocytosis, found in 12% of COPD patients admitted for exacerbations, was associated with 2.37-fold elevated in-hospital mortality and 53% elevated 1-year mortality (P=0.005 and P=0.030, respectively), Michelle…

Cough relief for lung disease patients

Common cholesterol-lowering drugs could provide relief to patients suffering from a chronic lung disease, a study has shown. The drugs – known as statins – were found to help alleviate the chronic coughing associated with the disease for some patients. Statins Statins are commonly prescribed for people at risk of heart attack because they can…

Homeopathic medicine for acute cough in upper respiratory tract infections and acute bronchitis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

Cough is a frequent symptom associated to upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) and, although being self-limiting, it might deeply affect the quality of life. Homeopathic products are often employed by patients to treat cough, but the evidence on their efficacy is scarce. Thus, we tested the efficacy of a homeopathic syrup in treating cough arising…

Honey is a new approach to fighting antibiotic resistance: How sweet it is!

This research was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. Honey, that delectable condiment for breads and fruits, could be one sweet solution to the serious, ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, researchers said here today. Medical professionals sometimes use honey successfully as a topical dressing, but it could play a larger…

New Study Links Inhaled Corticosteroids to Sleep Apnea

University of Wisconsin-Madison press release Inhaled corticosteroids such as fluticasone may quell the symptoms of asthma, but a recently published University of Wisconsin-Madison pilot study suggests that in some people, these inhaled drugs make the throat and tongue more floppy, promoting sleep apnea. Physicians are learning that patients with asthma more often have sleep apnea…