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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...
Alternative Names Cold sore; Fever blister; Herpes simplex - oral; Oral herpes simplex Treatment Untreated, the symptoms will generally go away in 1 to 2 weeks. Antiviral medications taken by mouth may help the symptoms go away sooner and decrease pain. Acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir are the three oral treatments currently available. Herpes sores often come back again and again. The antiviral medicines work best if you take them when the virus is just starting to come back -- before you see any sores. If the virus returns frequently, your doctor may recommend that you take the medicines all the time. Topical (rubbed onto the skin) antiviral cream (penciclovir andaacyclovir) may be used, but must be applied every 2 hours while you're awake. They are expensive and often only shorten the outbreak by a few hours to a day. Wash blisters gently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus to other areas of skin. An antiseptic soap may be recommended. Applying ice or warmth to t...
On June 9, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first
effective vaccine against Human Papillomavirus, a sexually
transmitted infection that is one of the major causes of cervical
cancer. On the heels of this approval, which represents a crucial
breakthrough in the efforts of scientists, doctors and public
health officials to combat the spread of STDs in the United
States and elsewhere, the Medical College of Georgia announced
today that significant strides have been made towards the
development of another STD vaccine, which will protect against
There is a pressing need to develop an effective protection
against this disease. Genital herpes affects one out of every four
American women and one out of every five American men, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although it is not
life-threatening in adults, it is particularly dangerous to babies;
transmission of the virus from the mother to the child during
pregnancy or childbearing...
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