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CAN ECSTACY TREAT PTSD?

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Can the tiny pill do a big job?   The street drug ecstacy might be able to help people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, gives users intense feelings of euphoria and acceptance and reduces fear. In clinical trials, the drug significantly reduced symptoms in 61-percent of patients who took it during therapy sessions. A…

Younger Americans Not Good at Controlling High Blood Pressure

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Older Americans do a better job monitoring their high blood pressure.   Young adults lag behind middle age and older adults when it comes to treating high blood pressure. Data from 2014 shows just half of the nearly 7 million young adults with high blood pressure were getting treatment and only 40 percent had their levels under control. Young men…

When Babies Should get Hepatitis-B Vaccine

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The sooner the better for hepatitis-b shot, says some medical experts.   Infants should receive their first does of hepatitis-b vaccine within 24 hours of being born. That’s according to newly released guidelines from the  American Academy of Pediatrics. Previously there was an option to delay the hepatitis-b vaccine until the newborn’s first check up. But, doctors now say sooner…

Second Round of Shots Have Fewer Bad Reactions

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Second round of children’s vaccines usually cause fewer side effects. Most children who have a bad reaction to a vaccine won’t have the same problem with later doses. A new Canadian study found only one-percent had a repeat of serious effects like anaphylaxis or a seizure. More moderate reactions, like vomiting, fever or rashes, ranged from four to 48 percent…

Parents Warned About Giving Children Alternative Medicines

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Desperate parents being asked not to try alternative medical therapies on their small children.   A new report urges pediatricians to ask parents about any alternative medicines their children have used. There is a health concern. Some natural products can interfere or react with prescription drugs children may be taking. Doctors say there is very little proof that natural supplements…

Fewer Children Prescribed Antibiotics

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  It seems pediatricians are doing more to curb antibiotic resistance. Between 2010 and 2016 the rate at which antibiotic prescriptions were filled dropped 9 percent. Blue Cross Blue Shield reports the decline was biggest among pediatricians. Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and rural areas overall showed the highest rates of antibiotic prescriptions. The more antibiotics are used, the less likely they…

Exercise Helps but not a Cure for Dementia

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Exercise not a cure for Alzheimer’s. The benefits of exercise are well known. It improves heart health, bone health and helps people lose that extra weight. And even though it can also help people think more clearly in the short term, a new study suggests physical activity might not help with long term memory issues like dementia or alzheimer’s. The…

Exercise is Good Medicine

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Elderly people who exercise tend to live longer and healthier. Another study links physical inactivity with an early death. Researchers in Nova Scotia looked at data on more than 3 thousand people over age 50. Those who were inactive or sedentary and already frail, increased the risk of a premature death. Doctors say it’s important to encourage movement even if…