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FDA Begins New Testing of Generic Drug Quality

Posted on 02/26/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor decades, doctors, drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration have assured us that low-cost prescription generic drugs — which make up an estimated 80 percent of the prescription medicines we take — work just as well as the costlier brand-name drugs they mimic. Except that a growing number of patient complaints, as well as issues over the quality of generics manufactured abroad, have proven that some of them don’t. And it appears the FDA is finally going to …

Is Curing Insomnia Key to Curing Depression?

Posted on 12/2/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA New York Times editorial called it possibly “the most dramatic advance in treating depression in decades.” Psychologist and sleep specialist Michael Breus, writing in the Huffington Post, said it could “dramatically change and broaden treatment for millions of people who suffer the debilitating effects of depression.” The excitement is over a new report that found that treating insomnia along with depression could double a person’s chance of overcoming the mood disorder. Even more surprising, patients’ insomnia was treated not …

Heart Attacks Can Cause Serious Depression — In Spouses

Posted on 08/27/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhile depression is common among heart attack survivors, their spouses can also be hit hard. According to a new study, spouses of heart attack victims are at greater risk of depression, anxiety or suicide, and men are more likely than women to become depressed or commit suicide, American and Danish researchers found. Even if a husband or wife survives a heart attack, the spouse suffers more than do spouses of people who survive or die from other conditions, the study …

Coffee Caution: It Can Interfere With Some Medications

Posted on 12/5/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThere’s been a lot of good news lately about coffee’s health benefits, how it protects against cancer and other diseases,  but America’s favorite wake-up drink can also keep some common medications from working properly. That’s because the coffee you drink in the morning with some of your prescription drugs can either block their absorption or increase their effects, reports the New York Times. With some of these drugs, the interaction is caused by caffeine; with others, its coffee’s other compounds that seem …