New pills that cure us with bacteria instead of drugs

Certain bacteria are clearly good for us.

Scientists connect another medical condition to atypical gut bacteria populations almost every day it seems. Researchers have claimed that gut bacteria play a role not just in digestive health but even in basic brain function and mental health.

 

 

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Edible batteries could power smart medicine pills

A flexible biodegradable battery just may be what the doctor ordered.

What happens when you forget a dose of medication your doctor has prescribed for a condition that relies on the timed delivery of your medicine? Enter the smart pill, a sensor-equipped capsule that you only need to take just once. The smart pill releases medicine on a schedule or as your body needs it. But what would power that pill? The answer is simple: an edible battery.

 

 

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Our Alarming Culture of Pill People and Future Trends in Healthcare

Futurist Thomas Frey: How many pills do you take on a daily basis?

According to a 2010 study by Colorado State University, about 68% of American adults take multivitamin supplements. At the same time the average American fills 12 prescriptions a year.

 

 

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Vodka Soon Available in Pill Form

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A researcher at a Russian university (what a shock!)  has developed a powdered form of alcohol that will soon make the consumption of vodka more convenient. From The Times of India:

Russian professor Evgeny Moskalev of Saint Petersburg Technological University has evolved a technique that allows turning alcohol into powder and packing it in pills. The new technique can solidify any kind of alcohol, including whisky, cognac, wine and beer. The new technique can solidify any kind of alcohol, including whisky, cognac, wine and beer…

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Aspirin Misuse Behind Huge Death Toll in 1918-1919 Flu Pandemic

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High doses of aspirin were used to treat patients during the 1918-1919 pandemic

The high death toll during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic might be attributed to the misuse of aspirin, says an article.
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Published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases, the article sounds a cautionary note at a time when health experts are discussing their concerns about the novel H1N1 virus.
The write-up points out that high doses of aspirin were used to treat patients during the 1918-1919 pandemic.
Of late, adds the article, such high dosing has been found to increase the risk of toxicity and a dangerous build up of fluid in the lungs.
It further states that these toxicity and fluid build-up in the lungs might have contributed to the incidence and severity of symptoms, bacterial infections, and mortality during the 1918-1919 pandemic.
Additionally, autopsy reports from 1918 are consistent with what is currently known about the dangers of aspirin toxicity, as well as the expected viral causes of death.
Dr. Karen Starko, the author of article, says that the motivation behind the improper use of aspirin is a cautionary tale.
In 1918, notes the writer, doctors did not fully understand either the dosing or pharmacology of aspirin, yet they were willing to recommend it.
Its use was promoted by the drug industry, endorsed by doctors wanting to “do something”, and accepted by families and institutions desperate for hope, the author says.
“Understanding these natural forces is important when considering choices in the future. Interventions cut both ways. Medicines can save and improve our lives. Yet we must be ever mindful of the importance of dose, of balancing benefits and risks, and of the limitations of our studies,” Dr. Starko said.

The high death toll during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic might be attributed to the misuse of aspirin, says an article.

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The Truth Behind Diet Pills

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Now that the magical glow of Halloween is over, and in its wake you realize that you have decimated the entire tub of Halloween candy that failed to attract enough trick-or-treaters. You also realize that now that the winter months are approaching, bringing with them cold, rain, snow, wind, Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas feast and New Years debauchery.

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Combo Pills: Treat Several Ailments In One Medication

Combo Pills:  Treat Several Ailments In One Medication 

Popping so many pills that you sometimes forget to take a medication? The drug companies think they have the answer: combination pills, which aim to treat several ailments in one medication. Indeed, dozens of combo pills are in the works to combat a range of ailments, from asthma and heart disease to arthritis and severe heartburn, by merging at least two medications into one.

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