October 14, 2011

As Good As Drugs

1 Exercise Works to Prevent Migraines

Exercise is as good as drugs at preventing migraine headaches finds a new study that involved 91 patients that were separated into 3 groups. One group exercised for 40 minutes 3x/week; another did relaxation exercises and the third was given the drug topiramate which has proven effective in treating migraines. Migraine status, quality of life, aerobic capacity and level of physical activity were documented before, during and after the three month study with followups after 3 and 6 months. Results show that the frequency of migraines dropped in all groups and that there was no difference in the preventative effect of the treatments. Researchers conclude that exercise is an appropriate therapy for treating migraines especially for those who are unable to unwilling to take meds.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Botox Approved to Treat Chronic Migraine

Tags: Headaches, Migraine Headache, Migraines, Topiramate, Exercise Prevents Migraines

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New Info Campaign on the Way

2 White House, MADD Fight Teen Drugged Driving

Hoping to fight the increasing drugged driving trend among teens, the White House has teamed up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to develop an information campaign to help parents become more aware of the deadly problem. Drugs like marijuana affect driving ability by impairing judgment and motor skills, as well as delaying reaction time. CNN reports that a new analysis of 2009 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that 23 percent of fatally injured drivers who tested positive for drugs were younger than 25. More data from NHTSA reveals that 42 percent of fatally injured drivers under the influence of marijuana were younger than 25.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Average of 30 Million Drive Drunk Yearly

Tags: Drugged Drivers, Teen Driving Problems, MADD Drugged Driving, Parents Against Drugged Driving, White House Teams Against Drugged Driving, Drugged Driving Trend, Driving with Marijuana

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Blame, Cause, Solutions Disputed

3 Health Officials Can't Explain Drug Shortages

Drug shortages in the U.S. have occurred in the past, but the last two years have been particularly bad for cancer drugs and health officials do not know why. Company mergers and generics that do not generate a profit have resulted in fewer companies making the majority of drugs, if at all. Doctors are doing their best by substituting drugs, but treatments have to be delayed if there is no replacement and deaths due to shortages have occurred. Even clinical trials are delayed since older drugs act as placebos to compare the effectiveness of new drugs. Companies accuse the FDA of being too quick to shut down production due to problems and reject the idea that profits enter into the decision. An early notification bill has been proposed and several long-term solutions are being investigated.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: U.S. Drug Shortage Tripled over Five Years, Several Cancer Drugs in Short Supply, Drug Shortages Have Hospitals Scrambling

Tags: Drug Companies, Drug Manufacturing, FDA, Medication Shortage, National Drug Shortage, Problems in Drug Development and Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Company Mergers, Drug Shortage Worsens

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