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Mumps outbreak in vaccinated children

Mumps outbreak in vaccinated children

Children who have been vaccinated against mumps are still getting the disease, say health officials in the US who are trying to understand the outbreak that has seen five times the usual number of cases occurring in the past year. Most of the cases have been restricted to the state of Washington, where there have been 367 confirmed cases, mostly among ...

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Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs increase the risk of cataracts

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs increase the risk of cataracts

Another side-effect of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs has emerged: they increase the risk of cataracts. In fact, the risk of getting the eye problem is the same as for a diabetic. A type II diabetes sufferer runs an 82 per cent risk of cataracts, whereas a statin user’s risk rises by 57 per cent – but when other possibilities are ironed ...

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Painkillers cause life-threatening kidney damage in children

Painkillers cause life-threatening kidney damage in children

Anti-inflammatory painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen can cause life-threatening kidney damage in children, researchers have warned this week. The NSAIDs (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs) cause acute kidney damage-sometimes requiring treatment in intensive care-in around 3 per cent of children, say researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Small children up to the age of five years can suffer the ...

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Over-the-counter painkillers cause high blood pressure

Over-the-counter painkillers cause high blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), everyday painkillers such as ibuprofen could be to blame. These, and many other over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs, cause hypertension, yet doctors almost never make the connection. “Patients often assume that because a medication can be obtained without a prescription, it’s relatively harmless. But that’s not always the case,” says Prof Ehud Grossman of ...

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Hair loss drug causes depression and suicidal thoughts

Hair loss drug causes depression and suicidal thoughts

Men who took the hair-loss drug Propecia (finasteride) could be suffering from depression, and even having suicidal thoughts. The reaction is very common, say researchers, and could affect the vast majority of men who took the drug, especially if they suffered from persistent sexual side effects at the time. Suicidal thoughts The longer-term side-effects range from mild depression to having suicidal ...

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One in three new drugs have serious and deadly safety issues

One in three new drugs have serious and deadly safety issues

There’s something seriously wrong with our drug approval processes. One in three drugs that pass all the usual checks before being given a licence are unsafe, and are causing serious, and sometimes deadly, health reactions in patients. The safety concerns are so serious that the drug either is pulled from the market, or the drug regulator is forced to issue special ...

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Vaccines linked to neurological problems such as ADHD and bipolar disorder

Vaccines linked to neurological problems such as ADHD and bipolar disorder

Vaccines such as the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), and especially the annual flu shot, are linked to a range of neuro-psychiatric conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), ADHD, bipolar and major depression, a new study has discovered. Although the researchers say they can’t establish a direct cause-and-effect association, the problems are happening within days and weeks after vaccination. Flu shot linked to many ...

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