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Pharmacy / Pharmacist News From Medical News Today
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Pharmacists are medication experts who use their detailed knowledge of medicines to help patients get well. Duties include dispensing medications, assuring the safety and appropriateness of the prescribed therapy, monitoring patient health and progress, partnering with consumers and patients to provide education and advice on the use of medications. They also collaborate with physicians, nurses, and other health care team members to provide expertise on drug decisions and improve patient outcomes, providing knowledge about the composition of drugs and safeguard drug purity and strength.

Long-term marijuana users show dampened stress response
Chronic marijuana users show lower subjective stress and salivary cortisol levels than non-users when placed under two stress conditions, study finds.
Faster-acting antidepressants may soon be a reality
Serotonin reuptake inhibitors are used to treat depression, but their exact mechanism is unknown. New research lifts the lid and may lead to improvements.
Alcohol improves memory of previous learning
Consuming alcohol appears to improve recall of information learned before a drinking session, but not of learning that occurs after a drinking session.
Gold injections: Can they treat rheumatoid arthritis?
What are gold injections and can they be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis? How are gold treatments administered and what may the side effects be?
'Complete the course' message for antibiotics should be dropped
Advice that patients should complete a course of antibiotics is not supported by evidence and should be dropped, according to researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and colleagues.
Ovarian cancer: Statins might be effective with diet control
New research suggests that, at the right dose and frequency, certain statins might be effective against ovarian cancer if diet excludes geranylgeraniol.
Ashwagandha: Health benefits and side effects
Ashwagandha is a shrub, the root of which may have medicinal properties. This herbal treatment is crucial in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine.
Study finds rate of medication errors resulting in serious medical outcomes rising
Researchers advise parents to keep medication logs and store all medications up, away, and out of sight.
Common heartburn drugs tied to higher risk of death
A large study finds that PPIs - used by millions for heartburn and ulcers - are linked to higher risk of death and that the risk rises the longer the use.
Multiple sclerosis: Antioxidant may slow disease progression
Researchers reveal that lipoic acid - an over-the-counter antioxidant - helped to reduce whole brain atrophy in patients with secondary progressive MS.
Beta-blockers may reverse genetic changes from heart disease
Researchers find that potentially damaging genetic changes linked to heart disease may be reversed with beta-blockers, a widely used class of heart drug.
Drug allergies: What you need to know
While many drugs cause side effects, some medications can cause an allergic reaction. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatment in this article.
Combining vitamin C with antibiotics destroys cancer stem cells
When it comes to killing cancer stem cells - key drivers of cancer metastasis and recurrence - vitamin C and antibiotics can form a lethal combination.
Drug costs vary by more than 600% in study of 10 high-income countries
In a study of 10 high-income countries with universal health care, costs for prescription drugs in 6 of the largest categories of primary care medicines varied by more than 600%, according to...
Aspirin may cut breast cancer risk for women with diabetes
Women with diabetes are at increased risk of breast cancer, but new research finds that taking low-dose aspirin every day could reduce this risk.
Type 2 diabetes: New biopolymer injection may offer weeks of glucose control
New biopolymer injection could potentially replace daily or weekly insulin shots for type 2 diabetes with one that need only occur once or twice per month.
PTSD medications may increase dementia risk
New research suggests a link between post-traumatic stress disorder and increased dementia risk, but this risk may depend on the use of psychoactive drugs.
How to make informed decisions from diabetes commercials
What do the best diabetes commercials have in common? Learn the key things to look out for to make informed choices about medications and medical supplies.
Is it safe to use metformin during pregnancy?
Metformin is commonly prescribed for managing type 2 diabetes. Although it effectively lowers blood sugar, is it safe for women to take during pregnancy?
NSAIDs may raise heart attack risk in first week of use
Researchers have found that using ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for as a little as 1 week may raise the risk of heart attack.
Can you drink alcohol while taking metformin?
People with diabetes may use metformin to help manage their symptoms. In this article, we look at the risks of consuming alcohol while on this medication.
Low-dose aspirin may cut breast cancer risk by a fifth
Researchers have found that women who take low-dose aspirin at least three times per week may reduce their breast cancer risk by as much as 20 percent.
Miscarriage risk may be higher with use of common antibiotics
Researchers have associated the use of certain antibiotics in early pregnancy - such as macrolides and quinolones - with an increased risk of miscarriage.
One-shot osteoarthritis drug investigated
A new drug that clears up old cells in the joints might one day offer a one-shot cure for osteoarthritis. Early trials yield promising results.
Do OTC treatments for erectile dysfunction work?
In this article, learn about what over-the-counter (OTC) treatments are available for erectile dysfunction. Are they effective? What are the risks?

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