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More Older People Use Marijuana – I’m Concerned

Why More Older People Using Marijuana Is Concerning

Middle-aged and older adults are increasingly using marijuana. As these groups tend to take more medications, marijuana-drug interactions are overlooked.

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Are New Drugs Real Advances for Patients?

Are New Drugs Real Advances for Patients?

An review finds that the vast majority of new drugs offer no benefit over existing drugs, and in some instances, are worse for patients. Why is this?

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Is that New Drug Better? Safer? There’s Really No Way to Know

Why Comparative Effectiveness Studies Are Essential for Drug Approvals

A drug doesn’t need to be more effective than an existing one to win approval. This means patients don’t know if newer meds are better than older ones.

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Use a Critical Eye When Reading Health and Medical Articles

Use a Critical Eye When Reading Health and Medical Articles

Many articles about health and medical developments tend to ignore the harms while discussing the benefits of health care interventions. That ends up giving the public a slanted and inaccurate understanding of them.

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How Disease Awareness Ads Can Lead to Overtreatment

How Disease Awareness Ads Can Lead to Overtreatment

Pharmaceutical companies are using disease awareness ads to promote drugs. But the practice is harmful as it promotes overmedicalization of conditions.