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Health Headlines 11/27/09

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This Week's Radio Show: 716 Living in Balance (Archive)
In stressful times, people often take short cuts that may ultimately undermine their health. They snack on junk or comfort food, skimp on sleep and do without exercise. But this won’t help develop the resilience we need to cope with...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/28/716-living-in-b/
EpiPen Is Lifesaver for Allergic Reaction
Q. Someone wrote to you about a bad reaction to wasps. The same thing happened to me after I was stung by yellow jackets. Please warn this person (or anyone who is allergic to stings) to consult a physician about...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/24/epipen-is-lifesaver-for-allergic-reaction/

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Public Could Have Been Warned Earlier about Vioxx Hazards

A new analysis of the data from clinical trials of Vioxx suggests that early warning signs of danger were overlooked for years. Investigators pooled data from 30 randomized, placebo-controlled studies and discovered that as early as June of 2001 there...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/24/public-could-have-been-warned-earlier-about-vioxx-hazards/

Certain Drugs Increase Risk of a Fall

Falls are a serious health hazard for older people. They are responsible for two-fifths of nursing home admissions and for almost 80 percent of injuries that lead to hospitalization among this age group. Complications from falls are a leading cause...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/24/certain-drugs-increase-risk-of-a-fall/

Chronic Pain Raises Risk of Falling

A study from Boston found that chronic pain is associated with a higher risk of falling among older people. The Maintenance of Balance, Independent Living, Intellect and Zest in the Elderly study-aka MOBILIZE--included approximately 750 people 70 years old and...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/24/chronic-pain-raises-risk-of-falling/

Therapy Dogs Speed Recovery

People who have undergone total joint replacements can cut their need for pain medication during recovery with the help of therapy dogs. A study conducted by Loyola University School of Nursing demonstrated that that patients interacting with the trained assistance...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/24/therapy-dogs-speed-recovery/

Collaborative Care Helps Control Blood Pressure

When pharmacists and physicians team up, patients with high blood pressure can benefit. A controlled clinical trial included 400 patients with diagnosed hypertension. In one-half of the group, clinical pharmacists made recommendations to physicians for drug therapy. In the other...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/24/collaborative-care-helps-control-blood-pressure/

Telephone Follow-Up Helps Fight Post-Surgical Depression

Collaborative care can make an important difference following heart surgery. Some patients suffer depression after this important intervention, and those who are depressed recover more slowly and less completely. In the study dubbed Bypassing the Blues, heart surgery patients had...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/24/telephone-follow-up-helps-fight-post-surgical-depression/

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