August 6, 2014
  • Tips for Increasing Contraceptive Pill Effectiveness in Obese Women 

    Research indicates that very low–dose birth control pills are not as effective in preventing pregnancy in obese women as those of normal weight. Is there a way to adjust dosage or regimen to increase efficacy? A new study suggests that is possible and offers some suggestions.

  • Statins Reduce Barrett’s Esophagus Risk, Especially
    in Obese 

    New research uncovers another benefit for the use of statins: reducing the risk of Barrett’s esophagus, especially in patients who are overweight or obese. Find out how much regular use of the anticholesterol drugs decreased the risk of developing precancerous lesions for esophageal cancer.

  • OTC Flonase Expected to Be Available in Early 2015

    A highly popular allergy treatment soon will move from behind the pharmacy counter. GlaxoSmithKline recently announced that the FDA has approved Flonase Allergy Relief as an OTC treatment. How will it compare to the prescription product and when will it be available?

  • Pill-Only Antiviral Drug Regimens Cure Many
    HCV Patients

    The headline on a linked commentary in a recent issue of the journal Lancet may tell the whole story: “Hepatitis C beware—the end is nigh.” Two new studies find that new pill-only antiviral drug regimens are highly effective against HCV, even in patients with the most difficult-to-treat forms of the infection and in those who have been treatment resistant in the past.


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