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Can Your Genes Impact How You Respond to Meds?

We have all heard of DNA genetic-testing services like 23andMe. After I suffered adverse reactions from the antibiotic Levaquin, I found others who suffered the same fate online. Several suggested that there could be a genetic component as to why some people have severe adverse reactions and some do not….

HRT and Breast Cancer, Vivitrol Warning and Wrongly Prescribed Antibiotics

Breast Cancer, HRT Women with a prior hysterectomy given estrogen-only HRT (conjugated equine estrogen) had a 23% reduction in breast cancer diagnosis compared to those assigned placebo. The 10,000 women were followed for more than 16 years. This was reported at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) based on…

Quick Hits: More Fluoroquinolone Risks

Taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase one’s risk of developing an enlargement of and potential tears in the aorta, the heart’s main artery. New research has found that taking drugs such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Levaquin (levofloxacin) is associated with an increased risk for aortic aneurysm and dissection, and that risk…