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News: December 08, 2009

Tamiflu May Be Inneffective In Fighting Effects Of Flu

December 08, 2009

Washington (SmartAboutHealth) - According to a new review, the popular Tamiflu is weak when it comes to the effect it has in preventing effects of the flu, such as the development of pneumonia.
The new review was carried out by researchers in Great Britain, and puts into question the highly-popular flu drug.
Tamiflu was the focus of this update to a review that was published back in 2006, and it looked into a total of 20 published clinical trials on the antiviral drug.
The trials that they examined all looked into the effectiveness of Tamiflu in regards to its ability to prevent, and treat the flu.
The review, was published in the British Medical Journal, and has found that the effectiveness of Tamiflu is certainly something to question.
The researchers had a hard time due to the fact that many of the clinical trials had incomplete data.
This could very well mean that the drug, which governments are spending billions on to stockpile, may not be very effective at all in terms of helping fight the flu and side effects of the flu.
The World Health Organization has stated they will not change their Tamiflu guidelines.


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December 2, 2009 | Fatty acids in diet affect ulcerative colitis risk

People who eat lots of red meat, cook with certain types of oil, and use some kinds of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA)-heavy margarines may be increasing their risk of a painful inflammatory bowel disease, a study in more than 200,000 Europeans shows.  These foods are high in linoleic acid and the study have found that people who were the heaviest consumers of this omega-6 PUFA were more than twice as likely to develop ulcerative colitis as those who consumed ...

December 1, 2009 | Ecstasy Users at Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea

The widely used club drug ecstasy appears to increase the risk of sleep apnea, say U.S. researchers.  "People who use ecstasy need to know that this drug damages the brain and can cause immediate and dangerous problems such as sleep apnea," study author Dr. Una McCann, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a news release.  McCann and colleagues ...

November 30, 2009 | Switching to Light Cigarettes Will Not help you Quit Smoking

The Center of Disease Control (CDC) says that there are 44 million American smokers and many of these smokers are looking for ways to quit. Some smokers in an attempt to kick the habit are switching to "light" or "ultra light" to help their battle against nicotine, however, a new study suggests switching to a lighter cigarerette does not help.  A newly published study published in the November 2009 issue of Tobacco Control, analyzed ...

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