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Quick Hits: More Fluoroquinolone Risks, Safety of HPV Vaccine & More

September 20, 2018
Quick Hits: More Fluoroquinolone Risks, Safety of HPV Vaccine & More

Fluoroquinolones may raise risk for heart issue and analysis finds HPV vaccine is effective and associated with relatively few adverse events.

For Weight Loss, Benefits of Medications Don’t Outweigh the Risks

September 19, 2018
Task Force Recommends Behavioral Interventions Without Drugs For Weight Loss

Although combing medications with behavioral interventions lead to more weight loss than interventions alone, the drugs come with side effects.

Low-Dose Aspirin for Healthy Older Adults Brings Risks, Not Benefits

September 18, 2018
Low-Dose Aspirin for Healthy Older Adults Brings Risks, Not Benefits

There as no difference in survival between those on baby aspirin and placebo, but those on aspirin had higher bleeding risk.

For Some, Placebo as Effective as Med for Pain Relief

September 17, 2018
For Some, Placebo as Effective as Med for Pain Relief

A new study finds that evidence that the placebo effect is real in some people and there are ways to predict who will respond to a placebo.

Quick Hits: FDA Threatens E-Cig Manufacturers, Elderly Polypharmacy and Falls & More

September 13, 2018
Quick Hits: More Fluoroquinolone Risks, Safety of HPV Vaccine & More

FDA wants e-cig manufacturers to tackle teen smoking and elderly taking multiple drugs at increased risk for falls.

Probiotics May Not Work For Everyone and Can Potentially Be Harmful

September 12, 2018
Probiotics May Not Work For Everyone and Can Potentially Be Harmful

If taken after given antibiotics, probiotics may actually delay a person’s gut microbiome from returning to normal.

Panel Says Routine Prostate Cancer Screening Unnecessary for Most Men

September 11, 2018
Panel Says Routine Prostate Cancer Screening Unnecessary for Most Men

International experts question the benefit of PSA testing and say there are potential harms associated with it.

Many Older Patients End Up Using Benzodiazepines Long Term

September 10, 2018
Many Older Patients End Up Using Benzodiazepines Long Term

Experiencing poor sleep was the top factor for why seniors end up using benzodiazepines for the long term.

Quick Hits: Pain Reliever Linked to CV Events, More Kids With ADHD & More

September 6, 2018
Quick Hits: More Fluoroquinolone Risks, Safety of HPV Vaccine & More

Diclofenac associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events compared to other pain meds and number of kids with ADHD diagnosed grows sharply.

Possible Link Between ADHD Med and Psychotic Symptoms

September 5, 2018
Possible Link Between ADHD Med and Psychotic Symptoms

Researchers caution that there is not definitive proof of an association between methylphenidate and an increased risk of psychotic symptoms.

FDA Warns of Genital Infection Risk With Class of Diabetes Drugs

September 4, 2018

The FDA has received reports of 12 cases of Fournier’s gangrene associated with SGLT2 inhibitors.

Quick Hits: Weight-Loss Drug and Heart Risks, Fish Oil Pills and CV Risk & More

August 30, 2018
Quick Hits: More Fluoroquinolone Risks, Safety of HPV Vaccine & More

Belviq promotes weight loss without causing heart issues and fish oil offers no cardiovascular protection for diabetics.