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Seniors: Stay Safe With Your Meds

Seniors: Stay Safe With Your Meds

Most health providers are well-intentioned and caring. But they’re also often lacking the time, resources, and supportive systems they need to be more careful about medications. If you’re an older adult, or if you’re involved in the medical care of an aging relative, what can you do?

Many Medications Taken Longer Than Recommended

Many Medications Taken Longer Than Recommended

Many people continue to take prescription drugs months after clinical guidelines recommend, a practice that increases the risk of side effects from individual drugs as well as from drug interactions. New research examines the issue of legacy prescribing, which is when drugs are taken for longer than needed to treat…

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Drug Side Effects?

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Drug Side Effects?

When people are on multiple medications, it’s difficult to know what adverse events can occur. An experimental system called Decagon could change that. Marinka Zitnik is a postdoctoral computer science researcher at Stanford University with an interest in how artificial intelligence (AI) can help in the field of medicine. When…

Drinking and Drugs: How Alcohol Can Mess With Your Meds

Drinking and Drugs: How Alcohol Can Mess With Your Meds

Alcohol has strong associations with fun and relaxation, but it’s just another drug as far as your body is concerned. Beer, wine or hard liquor, combined with other drugs, can create dangerous, even life-threatening, interactions that include internal bleeding, heart problems and difficulty breathing. This is true with prescriptions drugs,…

Half of Americans Misusing Prescription Drugs, Opioids

Half of Americans Misusing Prescription Drugs, Opioids

Over half of Americans are misusing their prescription drugs — such as taking too much of a drug they are prescribed or taking medications that they are not prescribed — including powerful opioid painkillers, according to a new study examining patient lab tests. Quest Diagnostics examined more than 3.4 million…

Grapefruit Juice Can Have Dangerous Interactions With Some Meds

Grapefruit Juice Can Have Dangerous Interactions With Some Meds

Eating a grapefruit or having a glass of grapefruit juice in the morning can be a healthy way to start your day – the fruit is high in vitamin C and potassium. But the FDA is reminding consumers that grapefruit can interact with many drugs and how they work in…

Data Science as a Tool to Uncover Dangerous Drug Interactions

Data Science as a Tool to Uncover Dangerous Drug Interactions

Data science could become a new tool to help researchers discover dangerous drug-drug interactions that have yet to come to light. With an estimated 20% of Americans taking two or more prescription drugs, drugs that may be dangerous when taken together is a growing issue. While prescription drugs on their…

Quick Hits: FDA Limits Use of Antibiotics Class, Misusing Rx Drugs & More

Quick Hits: FDA Limits Use of Antibiotics Class, Misusing Rx Drugs & More

Use of a common class of antibiotics should be limited due to a risk of potentially permanent side effects. The FDA has approved safety labeling changes for fluoroquinolones given that an agency safety review found that both oral and injectable fluoroquinolones are associated with disabling side effects involving tendons, muscles,…

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