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This Week's Radio Show: 785 Health News Update


The FDA has been under a lot of pressure to do something about the diabetes drug Avandia. It has been linked to a higher risk of death from heart attack, just what people with diabetes need to avoid. Is the...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/09/25/785-health-news-update/

Do You Have Bedbugs?


Bedbugs are in the news. After decades of dormancy, they have become rampant. What is really scary is that you may have them and not even know it. Many people do not actually react to a bite with redness and...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/09/23/do-you-have-bedbugs/

Quinine Tablets Triggered Temporary Deafness


Q. I have had horrendous leg cramps at night. My pain threshold is high, but these had me moaning, unable to find a position without having some other muscle cramp. Quinine tablets usually gave relief within 10 minutes. However, on...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/09/21/quinine-tablets-triggered-temporary-deafness/


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Flu Shots Linked to Lower Heart Attack Rate


People who get flu shots may be slightly less likely to have heart attacks in the year after the shot. The study doesn't show that flu shots prevent heart attacks; it is possible that people healthy enough to get flu...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/09/23/flu-shots-linked-to-lower-heart-attack-rate/

Funding Makes a Difference in Study Results

Researchers pride themselves on their scientific objectivity. They like to think that they are immune to bias based on funding source or other influence. A new analysis of studies of anemia drugs called EPOs suggests that drug company support has...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/09/23/funding-makes-a-difference-in-study-results/

Actos Under Fire


The diabetes drug Avandia has taken a lot of heat in recent years because it has been linked to a higher risk of heart attacks. The FDA has just decided that the drug will be severely restricted only to patients...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/09/23/actos-under-fire/

Telephone Support Cut Hospitalization


In a world dominated by technology-assisted social networking such as Facebook and Twitter, old-fashioned communication can be surprisingly effective. People with complicated medical conditions such as heart failure, diabetes and asthma were offered telephone support. Nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and respiratory...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/09/23/telephone-support-cut-hospitalization/

E-Prescribing Gains Ground


Doctors are renowned for poor penmanship. This is not a joking matter, however, since misread prescriptions have led to serious mistakes in dosing, adverse reactions or even death. Prescribing electronically eliminates the problem of penmanship. Doctors can enter prescriptions from...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/09/23/e-prescribing-gains-ground/

Magic Mushrooms Ease Anxiety for Cancer Patients

"Magic mushrooms" were part of the psychedelic drug culture of the late 1960s. The active ingredient, psilocybin, is now being studied as a way to ease anxiety and depression in late stage cancer patients. Researchers at UCLA Medical Center gave...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/09/22/magic-mushrooms-ease-anxiety-for-cancer-patients/


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Received a flu shot at the doctor's office October 4, 2010. Had an immediate allergic reaction, a red, itchy, raised lump beside the injection site. By the time I got home from work, the redness had spread to my elbow on the inside of my arm. My arm was very tender to touch. Some of the redness is still there October 7. I have had flu shots for probably the past 25 years and have never had a reaction. I'm not allergic to eggs. Are other people experiencing this?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: THE WARNINGS ON FLU SHOTS ALMOST ALWAYS INCLUDE A "LOCAL REACTION" BUT THIS SOUNDS WORSE THAN MOST. BE SURE TO TELL YOUR DOCTOR.

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