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Does Taking Belviq to Lose Weight Increase Your Risk for Cancer?

The FDA has just issued an alert that taking lorcaserin (Belviq) to lose weight might boost the risk of a cancer diagnosis.

What Can Woman Do About Lower Sex Drive from Fluoxetine?

Do Doctors Know About Zyrtec Antihistamine Withdrawal ?

Do Vitamin D3 Pills Cause Digestive Distress?

Are Insecticides Bad for Your Heart?

Generic Antibiotic Doxycycline Did Not Work!

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Trelegy for COPD Leads to Hoarseness

TV commercials for prescription meds are incredibly sophisticated. If you have not seen the Trelegy for COPD 'The Power of 1-2-3' ad, you must watch it!

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Drug Side Effects

The Inside Story of Tamiflu: Side Effects & Benefits

What is the bottom line on Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluza (baloxavir) for influenza? How well do they work? Are there side effects you should know about?

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Drug Side Effects

When Are Bad Drug Side Effects Worse Than Drug Benefits?

Have you ever experienced bad drug side effects? If you watch TV commercials you know that death is not considered an obstacle to FDA drug approvals.

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Arthritis

Do Steroid Injections Melt Bones and Weaken Joints?

When your knees hurt, life gets harder. Climbing stairs can be challenging. Hiking hurts. Steroid injections are tempting, but do they cause lasting damage?

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Alternative Health

Can Acupuncture Help Ease Your Cancer Pain?

A systematic review of scientific studies finds that the answer to the question: Does acupuncture help ease cancer pain? is yes.

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Drug Side Effects

Statins Can Cause Myositis: A Serious Statin Side Effect!

Statin side effects include muscle pain, type 2 diabetes and cataracts. The FDA has minimized an autoimmune muscle condition but statins can cause myositis.

Drug Side Effects

Have You Had Lasting Pain from a Flu Shot?

Some readers have experienced lasting pain in their shoulders following a vaccination. This may be due to the shot being administered to the wrong site.

Drug Side Effects

Vaseline Should Stay Out of the Nostrils

Even when dry air makes breathing uncomfortable, we advise you to keep any type of oi, including petrolatum, out of the nostrils.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

A Big Statin Controversy: Do Statins Impair Memory?

Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin and rosuvastatin remain highly popular. Can such statins impair memory?

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Dandruff

How Can You Ease Scalp Itchiness?

Persistent scalp itchiness can be extremely hard to treat. Readers offer possible solutions; we advise them to make sure the benefits outweigh the risks.

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Drug Side Effects

Breaking Health News | Metformin and Nitrosamines!

Some countries are recalling the popular diabetes drug metformin. That's because of concerns about metformin and nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are nasty!

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Diabetes

FDA Embraces Generic Drugs from India Despite Quality Problems

The nitrosamine controversy continues. Now add the diabetes drug metformin to a list of potential problem pills. How reliable are generic drugs from India?