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Fake Drugs: The Global Industry Putting Your Life At Risk

In late 2012, 60 people died in two cities in Pakistan after drinking cough syrup to get high. Syrups from two separate manufacturers were involved. It was found that both were using an active ingredient – dextromethorphan, a synthetic morphine-like compound – imported from the same manufacturer in India. Indian drug authorities put a halt […]

Proton Pump Inhibitors Can Lead To Iron Deficiency

Researchers in Australia have conducted the first population-based study of its kind and found that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of acid suppressants that many people take for heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and peptic ulcers, are associated with iron deficiency. Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, which hydrochloric acid rising into the […]

Anticholinergic Drugs Linked With Increased Risk Of Dementia

Use of anticholinergic drugs, is associated with increased risk of dementia, even when taken 20 years before diagnosis of cognitive impairment, a large study has found. Anticholinergics are a class of drugs commonly prescribed in the United States and United Kingdom as antidepressants and incontinence medications. An international research team from the US, UK and […]