A Good Drug Misused

It’s cheap. It’s legal. It’s an over-the-counter drug. And it says on the web that you can use it to treat your opioid addiction. In fact, the anti-diarrhea medication Imodium can be life-threatening when used in that way, reports the American College of Emergency Physicians. A report published online Friday in the organization’s Annals of Emergency Medicine…
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Profitable Nonprofits

Four of the most profitable hospitals in the nations are nonprofits — and the most profitable of all is in the Upper Midwest. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis., earned a total profit from patient care services of $302.5 million in 2013, according to a report in the May issue of Health Affairs,…
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Rethinking PSA

The initials PSA aren’t popular with many men who know a high count during a physical could lead to a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Now a Canadian study is questioning whether the test for PSA — prostate specific antigen — is necessary in most cases. The study, led by Dr. James Dickinson of the University…
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A Cuppa Tea For Heart Health

Tea drinkers are not only consuming the world’s favorite beverage — they’re also being kind to their hearts. That’s the conclusion of a study presented today at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions, according to a news release from the organization. Researchers led by Dr. Elliott Miller of Johns Hopkins Hospital looked at…
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Too Much Salt

If you don’t have too much sodium in your diet, you’re part of a small minority, at least according to the U.S. government. More than 90 percent of children and 89 percent of adults eat more sodium than recommended int he 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, said a study released today by the Centers for…
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