2 in 3 older folks in the hospital get risky prescriptions

"Potentially inappropriate medications" can send older adults who've just left the hospital back to the ER. Changes to prescribing may fix the issue.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: hospitals older-adults featured health-and-medicine medications side-effects

Cancer and chemo team up to make neuropathy worse

Chemo can cause neuropathy, which includes strange sensations, pain, fatigue, or loss of muscle coordination. New research points to cancer's role.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cancer chemotherapy neurons brains health-and-medicine side-effects

Computer model predicts drug arrhythmia risk

Researchers have created a computer model to test whether a drug will come with arrhythmia risk. Even drugs for arrhythmia have had this scary side effect.

Karen Finney-UC Davis • futurity
April 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine medications hearts side-effects arrhythmia

Team finds why acetaminophen causes blood pressure drop

One of the side effects of taking acetaminophen via IV is a drop in blood pressure. Now, researchers may have figured out why.

Anders Buch-Larsen-Copenhagen • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: blood-pressure health-and-medicine medications side-effects

Antibiotic kills bacteria that causes Lyme disease

A new drug completely kills the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. "This compound is just amazing," says Jayakumar Rajadas.

Tracie White-Stanford • futurity
March 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: antibiotics pain lyme-disease health-and-medicine side-effects

Proton therapy for cancer cuts radiation side effects

Compared to traditional radiation, proton therapy for cancer lowers risk of side effects and reduces the need for unplanned hospitalizations.

John Infanti-Penn • futurity
Dec. 27, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: cancer health-and-medicine side-effects x-rays radiation-therapy

Dendritic cells may cause autoimmune drug side effects

A class of biologics called TNF inhibitors cause serious side effects among people with autoimmune disorders like RA and Crohn's. New research may explain why.

U. Michigan • futurity
Dec. 16, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine medications immune-systems side-effects

Proton pump inhibitors for babies up infection risk

New research on proton pump inhibitors for babies finds that "being exposed to these drug levels actually puts the child at risk for having an extra infection event."

Vanderbilt U. • futurity
Nov. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: metabolism childrens-health babies infections health-and-medicine medications acid-reflux side-effects

Why people with cancer go to the emergency room

There are an estimated 15 million people in the United States with active cancer. A look at why they go to the ER suggests ways to improve their care.

Leslie Orr-Rochester • futurity
Oct. 28, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: cancer pain palliative-care hospitals nausea health-and-medicine side-effects emergency-medicine

System aims to alert you about drug-drug interactions

A new machine learning system could alert doctors and patients about potentially harmful drug-drug interactions, which could help prevent the worst effects.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 17, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence health-and-medicine medications side-effects

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