SmartMEDInfo Blog by Moira Dolan, MD

38% of US Adults on Opioids

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A new report indicates that nearly 92 million American adults used prescription opioids in 2015, with over 11 million of them having misused them and nearly 2 million addicted. The results came from a government survey of over 72,000 individu...

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Common Food Additive in Gum, Candy, Bread, and Toothpaste Wrecks the Gut

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A new study shows that titanium dioxide in the form of tiny “nanoparticles” is damaging to the gut lining. Nanoparticles are a billionth of a meter in diameter. (A strand of human hair is 100,000 nanometers wide.) Titanium dioxide nanoparticle...

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Your Brain on Statins

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There are mandatory warnings on the prescription drug label about statin drugs causing memory loss and thinking problems. So what’s up with the huge news that was made this month regarding a study that links high dose statin use to reduced risk of ...

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Superbugs Are Here, Now Causing Infections Resistant to All Antibiotics

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The existence of so-called superbugs was predicted, but we are only recently seeing it in horrifying real life.  A Nevada woman died from an overwhelming infection caused by bacteria that were resistant to all antibiotics the hospital had, and to al...

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Regular Sauna Use Slashes Risk of Dementia and Fatal Heart Attack

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A new study shows brief saunas 4 to 7 times per week results in 66% less chance of developing dementia compared to those who only sauna once a week.  Regular sauna bathers are 63% less likely to have a fatal heart attack. Hot dry sauna for 5 - 20 ...

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Violent and suicidal behavior are caused by smoking cessation drugs, but FDA eliminated Black Box warnings.

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“Despite the FDA’s error in judgment, patients and physicians need to know that Chantix can cause violent and suicidal behavior, paranoia and psychosis – often beginning soon after starting the treatment, and in people with no previous history ...

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1 in 6 Americans Are on Psych Drugs!

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One out of every 6 Americans filled one or more psychiatric drug prescription in the previous 12 months, according to research that looked at 2013 survey data. The researchers figure that the true number is probably higher, as self-reports ar...

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These Top 3 Drugs Send People to Emergency Rooms

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Medication side effects result in ER visits in 1 in 250 Americans every year. But its even worse for people 65 and older: 1 in 100 show up in the ER each year for drug side effects so severe as to need immediate medical attention. The top three dr...

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Skip These Drugs If You Have an Asthma Attack

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Antibiotics don’t help recovery from asthma. A new study followed about 200 people who presented with asthma attacks, and allowed half of them to be put on an antibiotic (azithromycyin, or Zithromax), in addition to the usual asthma meds that open ...

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Over-prescription of These Dangerous Drugs Is Rampant

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Acid reducing drugs (so-called proton pump inhibitors - PPIs) cause premature dementia, heart attacks, pneumonia, and brittle bones, yet they are market blockbusters - ranking as the number 3 in drug sales in the US and costing over $14 billion. Thei...

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