Life can be better with the use of chemicals. Every year, I embark on chemical warfare in my rose garden. The bugs try to eat all of the first blooms and I try to kill all the bugs with chemicals. Most of the time, I win the war and have a bounty of colors and perfumes gracing my garden. This year, I learned that these poisonous potions can have some major consequences. After spraying, one of my prized plants immediately turned brown and sickly. Worst of all, the targeted pest is still in my garden.
Chemicals do not always live up to their promises. The same can be said of opioid pain medications like morphine, methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone. Sometimes these chemicals have some serious consequences and can still leave a person in pain. Are these chemicals really worth it in the long run? Was the loss of one rose bush worth the blooms of the others? I am not sure, but I am definitely having second thoughts about using chemicals in my garden knowing the consequences.
Taking medication for long-term health problems has made a major contribution to lengthening and improving our lives. In many countries living into the eighties and nineties has become very common. However, drugs can cause side-effects and when doctors prescribe them they know there may be a price to pay.
Here at OurAlzheimer's we have reported on a number of studies that highlight issues with medications, drug interactions and the difficulties of diagnosing and treating co-existing conditions . The need to minimize harm can be a difficult balance and research such as this does add to the body of knowledge and help improve lives in the long term.
Scientists from the University of East Anglia in the U.K., in the first systematic investigation, looked into the effect medicines have on acetylcholine, a chemical in the brain. The research, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found many commonly used drugs, both prescription and non prescription, appea...
There has been a concern raised lately about the use of medications called bisphosphonates for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. This drug is supposed to reduce the risk of bone fractures by inhibiting (stopping) bone resorption. By preventing bone cells from being broken down, bone density and therefore bone strength, can be maintained. But reports of problems with the long-term use of these medications have caught the attention of the medical community. Right now, experts think the problems associated with bisphosphonates are rare but we need some data to support that conclusion. Orthopedic surgeons from the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases wrote this report to help add to the data presented so far. They reviewed their records looking for patients on long-term Alendronate (Fosamax) therapy who fractured the femur (thigh bone). Long-term use of this drug means they were on it for more than five years. They found seven cases of either subtrochanteric or diaphyseal ...
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