Medications

Who among us hasn’t been tormented by the itch after a mosquito bite? This is due to the histamine release at the offending site. In some, it is a bit more exaggerated and an oral antihistamine or topical cream with the passage of time does the trick to provide optimal relief.

Now imagine that intensity and urge to scratch diffusely spread over your entire body in a constant and unrelenting fashion. Night and day. Where a more significant underlying cause won’t be benefitted and cured by time or a Benadryl, for instance.

That is called chronic “generalized pruritus” and its etiologies can range from the readily fixable to the necessitation of a liver transplant in those where treatment for the symptom might be refractory. In the extreme, sleep is impaired and even...

drugs-e1349801738965-225x138-1Anaphylaxis (a severe, systemic allergic reaction) can be life-threatening. While this life-threatening reaction is quite uncommon, among the commonest causes of anaphylaxis include drug allergies, food allergies, and insect bites and stings. People who are known to be susceptible to severe reactions (to, e.g., insect stings) often carry an emergency supply of a reliable, injectable antidote, usually an Epi-Pen or a variant thereof.

A new analysis published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology...

78425259A new review article in the journal Pediatrics by a group from the CDC analyzed children s ER visits and hospitalizations for toxin ingestion. The astounding conclusion is that about 9,700 such ingestions result in hospital admission each year (between 2007 and 2011) and the majority of the kids are under two years old.

While the authors (led by Dr. Daniel Budnitz) dug deeply into the nature of the medications causing the poisonings, in fact the key issue is: How did such little ones get...

145922793A new study published in the American Journal of Medicine shows that for patients with the most common arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), atrial fibrillation (A-fib), trying to convert the heartbeat to regularity gives poorer clinical outcomes than merely controlling the heart rate.

A group of researchers based in multiple medical centers in the U.S. and Europe, led by Dr. Nasir Shariff of the University of Pittsburgh,...

Despite the fact that all medications including natural remedies and over-the counter drugs carry some degree of risk, our desire to avoid risk tends to be especially intense when it comes to prescription drugs. We simply dont know what information to trust. And who can blame us when consumer advocates, politicians, and trial lawyers are quick to capitalize on the latest sensational media headlines alleging that your medications may be unsafe? Media hype can...