Do not self-medicate, warn doctors

It is important that the patients understand, that chemists are not allowed to dispense medications like antibiotics, pain relief medications, anxiolytics etc. without a doctor’s prescription. The reason is that chemists may have an understanding of the drug and its actions, but lack the clinical skills and lack understanding of the effects of a particular drug on the body

Do not self-medicate, warn doctorsWith the winter approaching, self-medication becomes a major concern for doctors. Often it is the friendly chemist, friend or patient themselves who suggest self-medicating based on the common symptoms. Needless to say, it is completely inappropriate to take medications without proper medical consultation. For one, most of the winter illness are mild illness, caused by […]

7 common sinusitis myths you shouldn’t believe in

You might have heard that sinus surgery often fails, or that you need an antibiotic if your mucus is yellow. Here we separate fact from misconceptions

7 common sinusitis myths you shouldn’t believe inIf you are familiar with the sometimes debilitating symptoms of sinusitis, you might know a thing or two about the condition. Or do you? There are a couple of myths that even die-hard sufferers who’ve seen it all still tend to believe. Sinusitis is contagious Sinusitis itself is not contagious, but if you catch a […]

Green tea could hold the key to reducing antibiotic resistance, study finds  

Scientists at the University of Surrey have discovered that a natural antioxidant commonly found in green tea can help eliminate antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Green tea could hold the key to reducing antibiotic resistance, study finds    The study, published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, found that epigallocatechin (EGCG) can restore the activity of aztreonam, an antibiotic commonly used to treat infections caused by the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. P. aeruginosa is associated with serious respiratory tract and bloodstream infections and in recent years has become resistant to many major […]

Overuse of antibiotics linked with increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers from Keele University and the Quadram Institute analysed data from primary care medical records. They found that the odds of developing rheumatoid arthritis were 60% higher in those exposed to antibiotics than in those not exposed

Overuse of antibiotics linked with increased risk of rheumatoid arthritisThe odds increased with the number of antibiotics treatments, and how recently they were taken. Rheumatoid arthritis affects 400,000 people in the UK and this study suggests it affects 26 in 100,000 people who have taken antibiotics. Rheumatoid arthritis is likely to be caused by a complex mix of genetics and different environmental factors, so […]

Indiscriminate use of antibiotics might kill 10 million people in 2050

A survey conducted by the Students Forum of the Delhi branch of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) estimates that if indiscriminate use of antibiotics is continued, 10 million patients using antibiotics may lose their lives worldwide by 2050. Alarmingly, this increase in the death rate will be higher than the deaths caused by cancer

Indiscriminate use of antibiotics might kill 10 million people in 2050  Antibiotics only work to treat conditions caused by bacteria, not those caused by viruses. Antibiotics may also kill some protective bacteria, and may cause some harmful side-effects. These harms alone are reason enough to avoid unnecessary antibiotic use; some bacterial infections resolve without treatment. But there is also the risk of antibiotic resistance. Germs […]

Mumbai: FDA takes action against chemists for selling antibiotics without prescription

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Maharashtra has taken action against chemist shops for selling antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription. After receiving a number of complaints the FDA had carried out a surprise inspection on the chemist shops across Maharashtra. FDA has issued notices to the chemist shops and further action will be taken as per the provisions of Drug and Cosmetic Act (1945)

Mumbai: FDA takes action against chemists for selling antibiotics without prescriptionA number of times, it is witnessed that patients directly give antibiotics to patients without the patient handing over a doctor’s prescription. Due to this antibiotic resistance is caused due to overuse of antibiotics. People even tend to self-medicate which in turn is harmful to health. Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial […]

New essential medicines and diagnostics lists published by the WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) updates global guidance on medicines and diagnostic tests to address health challenges, prioritise highly effective therapeutics, and improve affordable access

New essential medicines and diagnostics lists published by the WHOThe WHO’s Essential Medicines List and List of Essential Diagnostics are core guidance documents that help countries prioritise critical health products that should be widely available and affordable throughout health systems. Published on Tuesday, July 9, the two lists focus on cancer and other global health challenges, with an emphasis on effective solutions, smart prioritisation, […]

Here’s what you need to know about different types of skin rashes

Rashes are unattractive skin abnormalities that indicate a severe medical condition, allergies or infections. Almost everyone experiences rashes in their lifetimes and sometimes, they go away with simple medication while others require immediate medical attention

Here’s what you need to know about different types of skin rashesHere are the common causes, symptoms and appropriate treatments for each. Dermatitis Atopic: Often referred to as eczema, this skin condition develops during childhood and is an itchy rash. It commonly appears on elbows, at the back of the knees, wrists, neck, ankles and your cheeks. Those who suffer from hay fever and asthma experience […]

Girls with repeated infections in childhood at a higher risk of eating disorders

The more infections or hospitalisations a girl had, the more likely she was to develop anorexia, bulimia or another eating disorder

Girls with repeated infections in childhood at a higher risk of eating disordersGirls who have serious or repeated infections in childhood are at higher risk for developing eating disorders in adolescence, a new study has found. The study, in JAMA Psychiatry, tracked 525,643 girls – every girl born in Denmark from 1989 through 2006. The researchers recorded all prescriptions that were filled for antibiotics and other anti-infective […]

Women at high risk of heart attack when exposed to antibiotics, reveals study  

Taking antibiotics for a long period of time could put women at great risk of deadly conditions

Women at high risk of heart attack when exposed to antibiotics, reveals study  A new study of nearly 36,500 women warns that exposure to the drugs for two months or more increases the chances of suffering heart attack or stroke. The findings, published in the European Heart Journal, showed that antibiotics could harm women aged 40 and above. The researchers noted the risk of having a cardiovascular disease […]
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