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Is Moderate Drinking Good for Your Health? The Science Is Confusing

Should you feel good or bad about drinking a glass of wine a day? For years, moderate drinking was linked to a slew of health benefits, including a lowered risk of developing heart disease and longer life expectancy. But more recently, these connections have been called into question. A 2016 meta-analysis of 87 long-term studies on alcohol and death rates found that ...

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Pharmacotherapy of migraine

INTRODUCTION Headache simply means pain in the head. The pain comes from pain-sensitive structures of the head. Headache disorders are classified into primary and secondary. Primary headaches are characterised by lack of an identifiable and treatable underlying cause. Examples: Tension, Migraine and Cluster headache. Secondary headaches are characterised by an identifiable and treatable underlying cause. Causes include vascular disorders; trauma; ...

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Type 2 diabetes: 10 things you should know

What Is It? When you have this disease, your body does a poor job turning the carbohydrates in food into energy. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Over time it raises your risk for heart disease, blindness, nerve and organ damage, and other serious conditions. It strikes people of all ages, and early symptoms are mild. About ...

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Grapefruit juice and drug interaction – Eddy I. Airiohuodion, Pharm.D, R.Ph.

The United States Food and Drug Administration recently published an article about the need to avoid the combination of grapefruit juice and certain medications. Although some studies have shown that the consumption of grapefruit juice could reduce the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and obesity; however, caution should be taken when consuming grapefruit juice with some medications used in ...

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Exclusive breastfeeding prevents hypertension in children — Consultant pediatrician

Consultant pediatrician with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Dr. Iember Ajanaku, talks about hypertension in children and how to manage it with TOLUWANI ENIOLA Most people think that hypertension variously defined by medical experts as abnormal high blood pressure affects only the old. These days, the condition also affects children. What is the reason for this? There is now more ...

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Drinking coffee increases longevity, study shows

Drinking more coffee could extend people’s life span, as coffee drinkers would have a lower risk of death, especially for heart diseases, cancer and diabetes among others, a new study shows. Researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and Imperial College London found that an extra cup of coffee every day would lengthen the life of a man ...

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Can daily Aspirin intake keep pregnancy complication away?

*Odds of preeclampsia dropped 62 percent for high-risk women who took pill, study finds Something as simple as taking a low-dose aspirin every day may protect pregnant women from the life-threatening condition known as preeclampsia, new research suggests. The study, presented at the Fetal Medicine Foundation meeting in Slovenia, was also published simultaneously in a special online issue of the ...

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Nigerian plant extract stops memory loss

A plant extract used for centuries in traditional medicine in Nigeria could form the basis of a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom (U.K.), have found. Their study, published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology, has shown that the extract taken from the leaves, stem and roots of Carpolobia lutea, could help to ...

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Cholesterol-lowering vaccine seems to work in mice – Study

A cholesterol-lowering vaccine has shown promise in mice, said researchers Tuesday who announced they had started early-phase trials to see if it also works in humans. Such a treatment could offer a welcome alternative to statins, the main pharmaceutical choice today for lowering cholesterol in people at high risk of heart attack or stroke. The vaccine, dubbed AT04A, reduced cholesterol ...

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The Pharmacist’s Role In Managing Geriatric patients

Pharmaceutical care in geriatrics — Medications are probably the single most important healthcare technology in preventing illness, disability and health in the geriatric population.* — In a recent report, it was estimated that three out of four (75%) of elderly are taking medications. These account for 1/3 of all prescription medications in the world.* —Pharmacists are the professionals committed to ...

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