Nov 5, 2011 Health
, Drugs are usually consumed to help heal, relieve or prevent disease . But experts warn that consumed too many drugs can actually pose a risk.
Eating lots of medication every day can create its own medical risks for the person than the cure. For that you should consider which drugs are a priority to be consumed each day.
“The more drugs dikonsusmi then increase the chance of drug interactions or major side effects and the possibility of something bad happening,” said Sophia De Monte, spokesman of the American Pharmacists Association, as quoted from HealthDay , Friday (11/04/2011).
This condition is called polypharmacy which excessive use of drugs to a person really need. This not only happens on prescription drugs alone, but also can occur from-the-counter drugs and supplements.
De Monte and Norman P Tomaka said that consumption of a drug that many might have problems in three main areas, namely :
1. Drug interactions, one drug may work against other drugs in a weird way, so the greater the risk of interactions that can affect health.
2. Influencing medication adherence, more and more drugs taken it will cause much of a burden on that person thus increasing the risk of decreased compliance in taking medication. Lack of compliance will lead to other conditions, such as drinking less adherent bacteria to antibiotics can make bacteria more resistant.
3. Side effects, every drug that is consumed has its own risks of side effects, and sometimes drugs that one can cover the symptoms of side effects of other drugs. So if any adverse reactions, one becomes difficult to guess which drug that triggers these side effects.
“Doctors and pharmacists must work together in reviewing prescription drugs for pasian in minimizing medication that needs to be taken, so that treatment can be obtained best with minimal side effects, “said De Monte.
Meanwhile, De Monte and Tomaka suggest some steps one can do to ensure that drug consumption does not cause greater than the Environment for its usefulness in treating disease that is:
- each drug separately with water
- Read all of the information provided from each of the drugs taken either prescription or OTC medications, so it can be known is there any potential problems that may arise
- benefits, side effects and contraindications of each drug given to doctors and pharmacists
- symptoms that appear after start taking a new drug.
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Nov 3, 2011 Health
, The appearance of wrinkles, muscle weakness and cataracts can be delayed or even eliminated in the experimental mice. How to remove or kill the old cells that have stopped dividing. This technique is also being developed for the manufacture of anti-parent.
If these medications have been successfully created many believed would attract the attention of many people. Even the drug could become the biggest-selling drug.
Although these findings are still preliminary findings and new tested on lab rats, but these studies are expected to become the embryo of the discovery of anti-aging medicine in the future.
The number of cells that have stopped dividing elderly will increasingly piled up naturally with age. The scientists believe that these findings will be useful for the treatment of the elderly.
Experts say the findings are interesting, but still must be applied with extreme caution. The results of these studies have been published in Nature.
The study focuses on what is known as senescent cells. These cells to stop dividing into new cells and has an important role in preventing tumor development.
The cells are eliminated by the immune system, but the number of cells is more and more as we get older. Researchers estimate about 10 percent of the cells in the elderly is the senescent cells.
Scientists from the Mayo Clinic in the United States have found a way to kill or get rid of all senescent cells in experimental mice engineered to genetically. The mice will be more rapid aging than usual.
When the rats given the drug, senescent cells will die. The researchers looked at the three symptoms of old age, namely:
- formation of cataracts in the eyes
- loss of fat deposits under the skin
The weakening of muscle tissue
As reported by the BBCNewsHealth , on Thursday (3/11/2011), the researchers say the onset of the symptoms of aging can be delayed significantly when the rats were given the study drug.
The drug is administered after the rat met the criteria of age, so there is an increase in muscle function. One researcher Dr. Jan van Deursen said it was shocked by the very significant effect.
Treatment had no effect on the age, but it is probably because the type of mice used in the study were genetically engineered mice. The study is very interesting for many people because it can slow the signs of aging in humans. However, senescent cells can not simply be removed entirely from the man.
“I am very optimistic that the drug actually can have significant positive effects. In fact, every person who is still young enough to have killed or get rid of senescent cells them, because it is the body’s natural mechanisms. If someone can give priority to the immune system, or boost the immune system although a bit. This can cause the removal mechanism of senescent cells. Or, to develop drugs that target senescent cells, “said Dr.. Deursen.
While Dr Jesus Gil from the Medical Research Council’s clinical science center, said the findings should be applied with caution because there are preliminary findings. Certainly more research is needed to confirm and support the findings.
“But penelitin is an interesting study. Because based on these findings mean to get rid of senescent cells, it can improve the physical properties (phenotypes) associated with aging and improve the quality of life in older people, “said Dr. Gil.
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Oct 30, 2011 Health
, python snake is very dangerous and can be fatal. But a new finding suggests that the heart of python can be used for the treatment of diseases in the human heart.
Researchers from the University of Colorado analyzed why python snakes like to eat the blood that is rich in its content triglycerides and stored in the heart muscle can be free from damage that can lead to disease heart.
“Apparently this is because the heart of the python is able to burn fat efficiently without hazard,” said Leslie Leinwand biological researcher, as quoted from FoxNews, on Friday (10/28/2011).
In people who have the disease heart or blood pressure High swells the heart muscle often caused by too hard to pump blood is usually caused by plaque buildup. This condition makes the heart can not work efficiently and lead to damage.
Leinwald therefore conducted a study to create a drug therapy that could push the ailing heart to return to healthy growth. One is to use python heart.
Researchers found a particular molecule that provides the signal for the heart to keep growing and keep the damage. Furthermore, researchers used mice to perform the testing.
The results obtained by researchers is the heart of rats can still grow and there are no signs of muscle rigidity that accompanies growth in patients with cardiac disease the heart.
It is hoped the results of this study will be used to treat diseases that exist in the human heart. The results of this study have been reported in the journal Science .
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Oct 2, 2011 Health
, Medications such as Amerge, Axert, Frova, Imitrex, Maxalt, Relpax, Treximet and Zomig triptans included in the drug group. The drugs were considered to be highly effective in treating migraine headaches and can relieve migraines. Unfortunately, these drugs narrow the blood vessels, so people disease of heart should not use this drug.
A study of more than 120,000 people with migraine demonstrated that more than one in between 5 people who have the disease heart prescribed triptan drugs for years.
“That number is very disappointing. I never thought that figure can be so high,” said Stewart Tepper, MD , headache specialist at the Cleveland Clinic is quoted from WebMD, on Sunday (02/10/2011).
Drug Triptans are effective and fast to relieve headaches, sensitivity to light and noise, as well as nausea and vomiting caused by migraine. These drugs are very helpful for headache sufferers in the moderate to severe degree that interferes with the ability of patients to perform everyday tasks.
However, they Triptans can narrow blood vessels in the brain. Although for most people, the drug is well tolerated and safe. But triptans also narrows blood vessels to the heart by 10-20 percent for a while. It can be dangerous for people who already have the disease heart.
Less than 1 percent of patients using triptans in this study suffered heart and blood vessel problems, including heart attacks, strokes , a dangerous heartbeat and death. But its use is much higher risk for disease sufferers heart.
Drug label is already clear that people with diseases of heart or have ever had a heart attack, has a history of stroke, have blood vessel disease, and patients with high blood pressure are not allowed to use triptans.
But a study conducted recently still find plenty of migraine patients who have disease heart but still prescribed triptans. The researchers identified 121,286 patients with migraine. The result:
1. 38% of them were prescribed a triptan.
2. 8% of them had heart disease should not be allowed to use triptans.
3. 22% among those with cardiovascular disease were prescribed a triptan has been since 2009.
Dr. Tepper said he had a migraine patient who only were prescribed triptans. “When I say that they should not take these drugs, they are very angry,” he said.
“If they were prescribed, then most likely they were to drink the medicine,” said researcher Daisy Ng-Mak, PhD, director of global health at Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. in West Point, USA, which funded this research.
For migraine sufferers who have a risk of disease the heart and blood vessels, Tepper suggested that talking with your doctor first to determine whether he may use triptans.
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Oct 2, 2011 Health
, online shopping (online shopping) has become a trend in recent years. Online shopping is very practical, usually also with competitive prices. People began turning to the internet to find recipes to buy certain drugs.
The survey shows more people want to shop online manner. With this trend will cause concern to many sites that sell illegal drugs.
Although sellers look professional and trustworthy, but most of the site is illegal and mostly from abroad. So that consumers can not know exactly which drugs they buy from the site.
As quoted from the ABC Health & Wellbeing , Sunday (02/10/2011), Karen Kaye , deputy CEO of the NPS (National prescribing Service) warned about the possible risk medication online purchases, among others:
1. The drug had been contaminated
2. Counterfeit drugs
3. Expired drugs
4. Not approved for sale in consumer countries
5. Not produced with the appropriate standard
6. Not labeled
7. Improperly stored or shipped correctly
Not only a waste of money when the drugs are purchased damaged or counterfeit. Buyers also may be unlawful because the drugs are sold illegally.
But worse of all, buying drugs from sites that are not trusted can be harmful to health. Although consumers have heard warnings about buying drugs from sites that are not reliable, but often consumers are still buying drugs online.
Dr. Geraldine Moses, a clinical pharmacist at the National NPS Adverse Medicines Events Line for 10 years, says a person can experience a seizure while taking antidepressant medications are counterfeit.
World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 10 percent of medicines are available in developed countries is counterfeit drugs. Both the generic drugs or patent medicines can be faked, but very difficult to distinguish from the original because it has a very similar packaging.
And the drug may contain the wrong active ingredient, no active ingredient, too much, or too little active ingredient and contain toxic or other hazardous materials.
Although not yet a serious problem in some countries, eg Australia Therapeutic Goods Administration has received 146 reports involving counterfeit medical products in the last 12 months.
Most drugs from Internet sites that are sold overseas are weight loss drugs, drugs for hair grower and for erectile dysfunction are purchased in small quantities for personal use.
Not only fake drugs that will cause problems. For example there is a woman who experienced problems after taking thyroid medication weight loss product that is recognized as a medicinal herb. However, the drug has been found to contain thyroid hormone.
The motive of consumers who buy drugs from certain sites in order to buy medication without consulting your doctor. In fact all drugs can potentially cause adverse side effects or interact with other drugs.
With easy availability of online health informsi, may cause some people to diagnose themselves and try to treat yourself. While doctors can recommend the most suitable drugs for conditions they experience, how to eat safely, and can even recommend a reputable online pharmacies.
If you really want to buy drugs online should consider any information as possible and certainly must of whether legal by law. Drugs purchased from foreign sites, not necessarily licensed or approved in consumer countries.
Consider the reputation of the drug sellers sites that can be considered include:
1. Beware of sites that sell drugs without a prescription
2. Does the site have a licensed pharmacist available to answer questions
3. Does the site protect customer personal information including credit card details and medical history
4. Naturally these sites do not offer a miracle cure or a guarantee of kesebuhan. If the guarantee of healing, the site is actually suspicious.
5. Do not send unsolicited email />
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