Medical Updates

Soluble, fizzy drugs may increase heart risks!
(Think twice before using "plop, plop, fizz, fizz" over the count medications!)

Stroke and other vascular (blood vessel disease) death were also increased when patients who took high-sodium effervescent, dispersible and soluble drugs. Using thee medications meant patients were 16% more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or vascular death than those treated with nonsodium formulations, according to a large study in the British Medical Journal. Taking fizzy drugs also was associated with a sevenfold greater risk of hypertension
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Report: Vaccines have prevented more than 100 MILLION cases of contagious diseases
ONE OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS FAMILY DOCTORS ARE ASKED: ARE VACCINES SAFE? The real question should be: am I safe avoiding a vaccine that I need? Thanks to vaccines, we no longer dread diseases like smallpox and rarely hear about polio (although not long ago in the USA, these were huge fears for all parents). In our lifetime, we have been able to dramatically decrease the risk of bacterial meningitis through vaccines. Overall, vaccines have prevented an estimated 103.1 million cases of diphtheria, hepatitis A, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio and rubella since 1924, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Of the seven contagious diseases, measles had the fastest drop in number of cases following the introduction of the vaccine.
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When can I stop getting a pap smear?
(Many women still undergo unnecessary screening for cervical cancer)

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that women who had a hysterectomy or are older than age 65 should not be screened for cervical cancer, but a study showed that many women who fit the criteria still get the cancer screening. Data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey showed that nearly 65% of women who had a hysterectomy reported having a Pap test after the procedure, while 58.4% of those aged 65 and older underwent a Pap smear in the last three years. There are some reasons to continue having a pap smear in these situations (if you had cancer or an abnormal pap smear in the last few years, or if you have symptoms. Speak with your doctor about your need to have this test done). The study was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine
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