July 6, 2014

Ripoffs and Hazards Abound

1 97% of Online Pharmacies Called Dangerous

The FDA's position on Internet pharmacies, stated on its website, is: "The drugs you receive may look real, but they could be counterfeit, contaminated, expired or otherwise unsafe," and a study of online drugstores conducted by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacies has found that, according to its executive director, "Of more than 10,000 sites that we've looked at, 97 percent are illegal or rogue sites that are operating dangerously." And of the 300 or so legitimate sites, only 34 meet the NABP's licensing, operation and privacy standards. Common deceptions are generics sold as brand names, or versions of real brands that aren’t approved for sale in the U.S. Customers are advised to avoid sites that require no prescription and to demand verifiable proof of licensing.

More at Cnbc.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Internet Pharmacies, Online Pharmacies, Discount Drugs Online, Hazards of Internet Drugstores, Dangers of Buying Drugs Online

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Beta-Blocker Use Does Too

2 Hypertension May Up Psoriasis Risk in Women

Hypertensive women as well as those who use beta-blockers to control hypertension may have a higher risk of developing psoriasis, say Brown University researchers. For the study researchers followed nearly 78,000 women enrolled in the U.S. Nurses' Health Study from 1996 to 2008. During that time, they found 843 cases of psoriasis and determined that women who’ve had high blood pressure for at least 6 years had a 27% higher risk of developing psoriasis. They also found that women who used beta-blockers for six years or more had about a 40% increased risk of psoriasis compared to women who never used the drug. Psoriasis, a chronic condition that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, silvery, or red patches, affects about 3 % of the U.S. population.

More at Www.universityherald.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Psoriasis More Serious Than Previously Thought

Tags: Beta Blockers, Brown University, High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Psoriasis

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I'd Rather Be Shocked

3 Doing Something Preferred to Thinking

Most people would rather do something than sit alone with their thoughts, find researchers from the University of Virginia. Even when left alone for a very brief period (from six to 15 minutes), some people were so uncomfortable with having nothing to do that they preferred mild electric shocks to thinking. The series of 11 studies, published in Science, shows that people in the studies (aged 18 to 77 years) generally dislike spending short periods of time alone with nothing to do except daydream or think. Participants would rather enjoy activities such as listening to music or using a smartphone. Researchers think the popularity of smartphones could be a response to the wish to always have something to do.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Monkey Business Illusion

Tags: Journal Science, Thinking, University of Virginia, Alone with Thoughts, Using Smartphone

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