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Blood Pressure Meds Tied to Suicide

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Blood Pressure, Featured Article, Health Warning, Heart and Cardiovascular by Garry Messick0 Comments

If you walk into a doctor’s office with high blood pressure, the chances are good that you’ll walk out with a prescription for a hypertension drug. 

They are among the most-prescribed medications in the U.S. About one out of every four American adults takes a high blood pressure drug.[1] 

There are many different types of hypertension medications, but an alarming new study shows that one of the most common is linked to suicide. 

Researchers from several Toronto medical schools analyzed health databases.

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The Surprising Cause of Arthritis

In All Health Watch, Arthritis, Big Pharma, Featured Article, General Health, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

Doctors have always been mystified about the cause of rheumatoid arthritis. 

About 1.3 million Americans suffer with the joint condition. It’s an autoimmune disease in which your body’s own immune system attacks your joints. 

Doctors have always suspected that genetics were the main cause. But new research points to a different culprit: antibiotics

The study was published in the journal BMC Medicine.

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This Safe Opioid ‘Alternative’ Is Fake News

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, General Health, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

The opioid epidemic is a big problem for Big Pharma.

Not only are they being (rightfully) blamed for the thousands of addicts and overdoses caused by their pursuit of profits, but now they are being hit with a blizzard of lawsuits seeking damages. 

Drug companies have another problem: After promoting opioids as the go-to pain medication for years, what can they offer instead? 

In many cases, the answer has been tramadol.

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Don’t Fall for the Plastics Industry’s Name Game

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

By now, most health-conscious people know to stay away from BPA.

It’s a chemical in some plastics linked to hormone problems, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, infertility, and migraines.

BPA (bisphenol A) was once in a wide range of products…the lining of food cans, water bottles, food storage containers, and many other items.

But there was such strong evidence of BPA’s dangers that manufacturers started to phase out the chemical.

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The Surprising Reason You’re Depressed

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, Health Warning, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Depression is a frustrating illness.

The cause is difficult to pin down. Episodes seem to come and go at random times. The standard treatment, antidepressant drugs, often don’t work.  

That’s why a new study is so important.

It pinpoints a surprising cause—and the cure—for many cases of depression, especially those that don’t respond to antidepressants. 

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University looked at 125 patients with depression and how their sleep affected their mood.

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Stomach Troubles? It Might Be Your Blood Pressure Med

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, General Health, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

Diverticulitis can make your life miserable. 

It’s a common intestinal condition caused by small abscesses in the bowel which become inflamed or infected. This can lead to severe stomach pain and cramping. Constipation, bloating, and nausea are other symptoms. 

The most frustrating part?

Doctors often can’t pinpoint the cause. That makes it difficult to treat effectively. 

But a new study may reveal the hidden cause of diverticulitis in many people. 

The research appeared in the journal Circulation.

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