May 28, 2012

Take Your Medicine...carefully

1 "Safe" Drug Reactions Kill 100,000 Each Year

Although all pharmaceutical drugs sold leally in the U.S. have been certified as safe by the Food and Drug Administration, an FDA report titled "Why Learn about Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR)?" notes that there are more than two million serious ADRs reported each year, in many cases resulting in heart attack, neurological damage or stroke, and in some 100,000 cases, proving fatal. This makes ADRs the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., ranking it ahead of AIDs, automobile accidents, diabetes, pneumonia, and pulmonary disease. Experts attribute such adverse reactions to insufficient FDA testing, individually safe drugs taken in dangerous combinations, drugs prescribed and administered for off-label uses, or users failing to follow dosage directions.

More at Infowars.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

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Tags: FDA Approval, Unsafe Prescription Drugs, Deaths Due to Prescription Drugs, Adverse Drug Reactions, FDA on Adverse Reactions, ADRs, Pharmaceuticals

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Less Melatonin, More Stress

2 Study Ties Night Shift to Breast Cancer Risk

A study involving women who served in the Danish Army between 1964 and 1999 found that working the night shift increases risk of developing breast cancer. Questionnaires that asked about work patterns were filled out by 141 women who developed breast cancer and 551 women who did not. Working at night increased the risk by 40 percent and doubled if they worked three nights a week for a minimum of six years or said they were night owls. The risk quadrupled in night shift workers who claimed to be morning people. Working at night lowers the production of a protective hormone called melatonin and raises stress. These results add to previous research that has shown a similar link. Researchers suggest adjusting the wavelength of light so it does not suppress melatonin.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Weird Work Schedules Wreak Havoc on Health, Shift Works Alters Menstrual Cycle

Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Risk Factors, Melatonin, Night Shift Work, Occupational Hazards, Rotating Shift Work, Night Shift Work and Health Problems, Stress on the Job

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