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Higher Risk Of Stroke, Heart Attack Linked To Long-term Use Of Antidepressants

The longest stringent studies of antidepressants’ safety and efficacy only followed patients for only a couple of years. Yet a greater number of Americans are taking antidepressants like Paxil and Prozac for prolonged periods of time. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a quarter of people on the medications have used […]

Daily Aspirin Use Carries High Risks But Few Benefits

Medical consensus once supported daily use of low dose aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke in people at increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). But in 2018, three major clinical trials cast doubt on that conventional wisdom, finding few benefits and consistent bleeding risks associated with daily aspirin use. Taken together, the findings led […]

Autoresuscitation: The Central Role Of Serotonin

Immediately after birth, human infants transition from an environment in which they do not have to breathe to one in which they do. Simultaneous with this transition are major changes in blood circulation that require the cardiovascular and respiratory systems – which are not fully mature at birth – to work together, under the control […]

FGF23: Hormone Linked To Structural Brain Deficits

The ways that high levels of a hormone called fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) can reduce brain health have been uncovered by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). High levels of FGF23 were associated with structural changes in the brain’s frontal lobes. High FGF23 levels are thought to lead to the vascular […]

No Effect For Daily Aspirin On Healthy Life Span In Older People

Aspirin did not prolong healthy, independent living (life free of dementia or persistent physical disability), in a large clinical trial to determine the risks and benefits of daily low-dose aspirin in healthy older adults without previous cardiovascular events, the NIH has announced. Risk of dying from a range of causes, including cancer and heart disease, […]