Tips on how to reduce uric acid the natural way

This is to especially prevent diseases like gout, provided you are already at risk due to other factors such as age, bad dietary habits, alcoholism, obesity, medications containing salicylate and lead exposure, among several other pre-exising conditions. Gout, a form of arthritis, is precipitated by uric acid produced after the breakdown of chemical compounds called […]

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How medications can affect your balance

Prime examples include blurred vision, dizziness or light-headedness stemming from low blood pressure, drowsiness, delirium, and impaired alertness or judgment. Some medications may affect the inner ear, spurring temporary or permanent balance disorders. Often, problems stem from the sheer number of medicines you take, rather than a single drug. According to a national health survey […]

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week: Do not self-medicate, warn doctors

Do not self-medicate, warn doctors

With 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 […]

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Here’s why parents should never give cold and cough medicines to kids below 6

Recent research in the BMJ found that certain cold remedies may not help young kids with nasal symptoms and could even cause harm. A paediatrician stated that parents shouldn’t give over-the-counter cold and cough medicines to kids under six years old. Instead, remedies like rest and hydration can help soothe symptoms while a cold runs […]

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Are you always feeling thirsty? Know the reasons behind it

Are you always feeling thirsty? Know the reasons behind it

Are you constantly feeling parched? While it is nothing serious in most cases, excessive thirst could indicate an underlying health problem in some cases. Dehydration “The main reason people feel thirsty is because they are dehydrated, they are not drinking enough water,” Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., a family doctor at One Medical in Phoenix, Arizona. She […]

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Both behavioural treatments and drugs can equally treat urinary incontinence

Both behavioural treatments and drugs can equally treat urinary incontinence

Bladder training, biofeedback and other behavioural therapies may work even better in combination with drugs Researchers analysed data from 84 randomised trials that looked at a variety of treatments for stress and urgency incontinence. Non-drug treatments, usually aimed at strengthening the pelvic floor or changing behaviours, included bladder training, biofeedback, acupuncture, education, weight loss, yoga […]

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Taking inspiration from tortoise shells, doctors develop pill to deliver insulin

A research team has developed a drug capsule that could be used to deliver oral doses of insulin, potentially replacing the injections that patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have to give themselves every day. About the size of a blueberry, the capsule contains a small needle made of compressed insulin, which is […]

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Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study reveals

The findings come from a study of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The researchers found that those patients typically fared better during periods when they were taking certain medications to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes Compared with periods when they were not on those […]

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NPPA recovers Rs 827 crore from pharma companies

NPPA recovers Rs 827 crore from pharma companies

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) monitors the prices of scheduled and non-scheduled formulations on regular basis. It also keeps a check on pharmaceutical companies who overcharge consumers. When such instances occur the NPPA issues notices to the companies responsible for overcharging Recently information was divulged in the Lok Sabha, about pharmaceutical companies overcharging consumers […]

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Switching medications? Consult a doctor

About 8 months ago, Lekha Shah (name changed) was given medicines to control her heart beat which was unusually fast. However after many dosages, the heartbeat couldn’t be controlled. That’s when the doctor grew puzzled. “A detailed check-up revealed that the pharmacist gave her a wrong drug by misreading the name of the medicine. This […]

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