SmartMEDInfo Blog by Moira Dolan, MD

Excess Antibiotics Linked to Diabetes

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People who had more antibiotic prescriptions were more likely to develop diabetes, according to a Danish study comparing 170,000 diabetics to the non-diabetic population. One explanation could be that pre-diabetics are somehow more prone to infection...

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New Warnings on 53 Drugs This Month

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In the month of July the FDA required new warnings, precautions, or listing of additional adverse reactions for 53 drugs. These are new drug label (package insert) changes on already-approved medications that have been in broad use. Newly develop...

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Student Behavior Problems Go Away When They Are Taught How To Study

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Simple classroom changes can eliminate kid’s inattention and hyperactivity. This was the conclusion of a research team in England who combed through many past studies of school-based interventions to identify what worked. After more than 60 year...

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Adult Diseases Are Related To Use Of Antibiotics In Childhood

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Yet another study has shown that antibiotic use in childhood is associated with adult diseases, specifically allergies, asthma, and eczema. Antibiotics suppress the growth of favorable gut bacteria. This leads to immune-related diseases later in life...

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Top Three Chicken Producers Are Cutting Antibiotic Use

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Tyson Foods, the country’s largest chicken producer, announced it will phase out the use of human antibiotics by September, 2017. Tyson, which supplies McDonald’s, will help McDonald’s fulfill its pledge to reduce its use of human antibiotics f...

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Common Drugs Increase Dementia Risk

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Some antidepressants, bladder control drugs and first-generation anti-histamines have been linked to a greater risk of dementia. Specifically, tricyclic antidepressants significantly increasing the risk of developing dementia. They are given for depr...

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Doctor Leads Protest Against High Cost Cancer Drugs

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Chemotherapy costs for leukemia patients are outrageous, routinely over $100,000 per year. The chairman of MD Anderson’s Leukemia department is doing something about it. Dr. Hagop Kantarjian announced a worldwide social media campaign to collect th...

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Aspirin Is Over-Prescribed, Increasing Bleeding Risk

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Daily aspirin is being widely prescribed to people who don’t need it, at the price of increased risk of bleeding. About 10% of patients taking daily aspirin at the recommendation of their doctors are on it unnecessarily, according to researchers at...

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