Health Problems

Not all antipsychotics increase the risk of diabetes and raise cholesterol—some may be protective

Millions of people worldwide are prescribed antipsychotics every year. While these drugs are effective in treating the symptoms of schizophrenia, they can also have significant side-effects, causing weight gain, diabetes and raised cholesterol. These are all risk factors for cardiovascular disease—the biggest killer of people with schizophrenia. However, our latest study found that not all […]

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Allergic diseases increase the risk of adult-onset asthma

A Finnish study reports that the more allergic diseases an individual has, the higher the asthma risk. The number of allergic diseases increases the risk of adult-onset asthma especially in individuals born after 1940, according to a study published in the Allergy journal. Approximately one in 10 Finns suffers from asthma. It is one of […]

Health Problems

Providing more testing choices does not increase colorectal cancer screening rates

Offering patients the choice between home screening or in-office colonoscopy does not increase participation in colorectal cancer screening, according to a new Penn Medicine study. However, the framing of choice did impact patient decision-making, as the proportion of colonoscopies—the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening—fell when the home screening option was presented as an available […]

Kids Health

Increase seen in foster care entries due to parental drug use

(HealthDay)—The number of foster care entries attributable to parental drug use increased considerably from 2000 to 2017, according to a research letter published online July 15 in JAMA Pediatrics. Angélica Meinhofer, Ph.D., from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and Yohanis Angleró-Díaz, M.D., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, analyzed data from the […]

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Common medications ‘could increase dementia risk by almost half’

Common drugs used to treat depression, epilepsy and incontinence ‘could increase the risk of DEMENTIA by almost half because they damage crucial brain cells’ Anticholinergic medications were linked to an almost 50 per cent higher risk These also include drugs prescribed to Parkinson’s and mental health patients Researchers suggest they could cause the breakdown of […]