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Regulators Suggest Restricted Use of Drug


British regulators recommended that physicians restrict the use of the anti-depressant Efexor because its use could have side effects for heart health and pose other risks that require more careful monitoring than its competitors. The drug's manufacturer, Wyeth, said it would challenge the...

Do-it-yourself diagnosis

Do-it-yourself diagnosis

Dr. David Shocket, a gastroenterologist at the Washington Hospital Center in Northwest, recently saw a 72-year-old woman with long-standing gastrointestinal complaints.

"She insisted she be tested for celiac sprue," Dr. Shocket says. It's a condition in which patients' intestines can't process gluten. "She had read [on the Web] doctors aren't testing for it,"

The doctor explained that her condition didn't make such a diagnosis feasible and that the test would be expensive. Eventually, he relented and ordered the test.

"It was the...

Broadband challenges TV viewing

Broadband challenges TV viewing

The number of Europeans with broadband has exploded over the past 12 months, with the web eating into TV viewing habits, research suggests.

Just over 54 million people are hooked up to the net via broadband, up from 34 million a year ago, according to market analysts...

TV Time, Unlike Child Care, Ranks High in Mood Study

TV Time, Unlike Child Care, Ranks High in Mood Study

A team of psychologists and economists is reporting today what many Americans know but do not always admit, especially to social scientists: that watching television by oneself is a very enjoyable way to pass the time, and that taking care of children - bless their little hearts - is often about as much fun as housework.

Those findings, published in the journal Science, run contrary to previous research about what makes people happy and...

Almost Half of Americans Use at Least One Prescription Drug Annual Report on Nation’s Health Shows

Almost Half of Americans Use at Least One Prescription Drug Annual Report on Nation's Health Shows

The Nation's medicine cabinets are more crowded than ever, with almost half of all people taking at least one prescription medicine and one in six taking three or more medications, according to the Department of Health and Human Services' annual check-up on Americans' health.

"Americans are taking medicines that lower cholesterol and reduce the threat of heart disease, that help lift people out of debilitating depressions, and that...

Antidepressants May Increase Bleeding Risk

Antidepressants May Increase Bleeding Risk

New users of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, a type of antidepressant) have an increased risk of being admitted to the hospital for abnormal bleeding, according to an article in the November 22 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

According to the article, case reports and observational studies have shown a relationship between SSRI use and abnormal bleeding. It is believed that serotonin plays a role in blood clotting, and because SSRIs affect serotonin...

Discrimination against gay men, lesbians and bi-sexuals could lead to mental health problems

Discrimination against gay men, lesbians and bi-sexuals could lead to mental health problems

A team of researchers have discovered that high levels of discrimination could lead to an increase in mental health problems among gay men, lesbians and bi-sexual men and women.

In a report published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the team from Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Brighton found that high levels of discrimination including physical attacks and bullying could be linked to high levels of...