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More Americans Mixing Opioids With Sedatives

THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- As if the opioid crisis wasn't already bad enough, new research shows a sharp rise in the number of Americans taking dangerous combinations of opioids and sedatives
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When Your Medications Are the News

THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Would you stop taking a medication if you heard a negative news story about it
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Dermatologists Cut Back on Antibiotics But Still Prescribe the Most

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- U.S. dermatologists are prescribing fewer antibiotics overall but are writing more short-term orders for the drugs, a new study finds
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Heart-Healthy Living Also Wards Off Type 2 Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- There could be an added bonus to keeping your cardiovascular health on track -- a heart-healthy lifestyle can also prevent type 2 diabetes, researchers say
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AHA: Infection as a Baby Led to Heart Valve Surgery for Teen

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- In middle school, Prince Pratt used to get short of breath walking between classes, walking up the stairs or when exercising. And he was gaining weight
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Vaccine, Screening Can Prevent Cervical Cancer Deaths

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- About 4,000 women in the United States die from cervical cancer each year -- even though there's a preventive vaccine and screening to catch the disease early
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Are Some Opioid Abusers Using Their Pets to Get the Drugs?

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- To fight America's opioid epidemic, lawmakers and regulators have clamped down hard on doctors' prescribing practices
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Type 2 Diabetes Before 40 Tied to Mental Illness Hospitalizations

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- People who develop type 2 diabetes before they turn 40 are twice as likely to be hospitalized for mental illness as those who develop the blood sugar disease after 40, a new study shows.
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Stem Cell Transplant May Help Some With Aggressive MS

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A stem cell transplant may help some people with multiple sclerosis (MS) when standard drugs fail, a new clinical trial finds
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Want to Live Longer? Just Sit a Bit Less Each Day

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Take a stand for a longer life
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Teen Birth Control Use Up, But Still Too Many Unwanted Pregnancies

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Today's teens are better at using birth control when they first become sexually active, but many unexpected pregnancies still occur, new research finds.
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More Evidence Pot May Damage the Teen Brain

MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Smoking just a couple of joints may cause significant changes in a teenager's brain structure, a new study has found
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Mom-to-Be's Flu Can Harm Her Unborn Baby

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Pregnant women who get a flu shot protect not only themselves, but also their developing baby, health officials report
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Here's How the Government Shutdown Could Affect Your Health

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Tainted food, trash-filled parklands and even hungry kids: Public health could be increasingly at risk as the U.S. government shutdown drags into its 21st day, experts say
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Foot Stools Move Human Stool Along

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A simple potty stool under your feet might help cure constipation, researchers say
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Fiber: It's Not Just for Adults

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- You know how important fiber is for overall health, making meals more filling and staying "regular.
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Drug May Delay MS Disability for Some

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- An immune system drug may help prevent or slow complications in a type of multiple sclerosis known as secondary progressive MS, a new study finds
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Cancer Patients May Face Greater Risk of Shingles

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Newly diagnosed cancer patients may be at increased risk for the painful skin condition shingles, a new study finds
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Friends' Vaping Could Pose Danger to Kids With Asthma

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Add another danger that e-cigarettes pose to teenagers: A new study finds secondhand exposure to vaping may raise the chances of asthma attacks in adolescents with the respiratory condition
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Getting Flu Shot During Hospital Stay Is a Safe Bet

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Many doctors may worry about giving their hospital patients a flu shot, but a new study suggests they can relax
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Even Older Drugs Are Getting Steep Price Hikes, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- It's a common belief that rising drug prices are due to the high cost of cutting-edge medications, with manufacturers charging a bundle to make back development expenses for their new products
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As Medical Marketing Soars, Is Regulation Needed?

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Turn on prime-time TV and you'll likely see a pitch for arthritis or impotence pills, and maybe a cancer center. Advertisers spent nearly $10 billion marketing prescription drugs and medical services to the American public in 2016 -- five times what they doled out 20 years earlier, a new study finds
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Suicide Risk Rises Following Cancer Diagnosis

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A cancer diagnosis can be tough to take, and a new study finds many patients contemplate suicide
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AHA: Could Phosphate Additives in Foods Make You Less Active?

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- A new study suggests that high levels of inorganic phosphate -- a preservative widely used in certain sodas, packaged meats and other processed foods -- may be a reason why the U.S. population isn't as physically active as it used to be
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Flu Shot Crucial for Those With COPD

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- If you suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a flu shot can be a lifesaver. But many of the millions with the lung condition don't get it, researchers report
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Does Alzheimer's Unfold Differently in Black Patients?

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Alzheimer's disease may be twice as common in black Americans as in whites, and scientists don't really know why
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Persistent Cough May Mean See Your Doctor

SATURDAY, Jan. 5, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- After suffering through a cold, many people still have a persistent cough -- but why
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Postpartum Opioid Rx May Lead to Persistent Use: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- New mothers who take opioid painkillers after either vaginal birth or cesarean section may be at increased risk of becoming persistent users, a new study finds
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Flu Rides the Subway, Too

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Flu spreads like wildfire in confined spaces -- and that includes subways, a new British study finds
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Hepatitis C Screening Can Help Prevent Liver Disease

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Infection with the hepatitis C virus can cause liver disease and even liver cancer. But once found, the virus can be cured, so screening is vital for those at risk, health experts say
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