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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.
Daily aspirin could ward off liver cancer
Taking aspirin every day could help to lower the risk of liver cancer for patients infected with hepatitis B, a new study suggests.
Type 2 diabetes: Blood sugar pill shows promise
In a 26-week phase II clinical trial for type 2 diabetes patients, glycemic control using semaglutide in pill form was better than using a placebo.
Breakthrough pain: Causes and medications
Learn about breakthrough pain, which may occur in those who experience chronic pain. What may trigger the pain and how can it be treated?
Does forskolin work? Uses, risks, and benefits
Forskolin is a weight loss supplement that recently experienced a surge in popularity, but does it really work? We look at the benefits and risks.
Study points to a growing trend in opioid use over the past 2 decades
The prevalence of prescription opioid use increased from 4.1% of US adults in 1999-2000 to 6.8% in 2013-2014, according to a recent Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety study.
Asthma and ibuprofen: What are the effects?
Medicines can often interact with pre-existing conditions. In this article, we look at the effects of ibuprofen in people with asthma.
Very brief mindfulness training helped heavy drinkers cut back
After just 11 minutes of mindfulness training, heavy drinkers drank less in the following week than peers who underwent relaxation training, study found.
How to get rid of dizziness: Medications and remedies
There are many potential causes for dizziness, and it can cause a lot of distress in daily life. Learn how to prevent and manage dizziness effectively.
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.
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