Popular heartburn medication linked to chronic kidney disease

Widely popular heartburn medications that block the secretion of acid into the stomach are associated with higher rates of chronic kidney disease, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University researchers released Monday. The research raises more questions about commonly used drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, which had long been considered effective …

Scientists discover switch that turns on the thyroid

A recent survey shows that many people with thyroid disease are unaware they have a thyroid problem. This is quite disconcerting as a hyperactive or a hypoactive (underactive) thyroid can cause a many health problems, including mood changes, infertility, weight gain or loss, and even skin conditions. In fact, in infants and children, an underactive …

Can We Fix Opioid Abuse by Rethinking Chronic Pain?

Over the last few decades, medicine has witnessed a sea change in attitudes toward chronic pain, and particularly toward opioids. While these changes were intended to bring relief to many, they have also fed an epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse. Curbing abuse is a challenge spilling over into the 2016 political campaigns. Amid calls …

Marijuana For Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety

Bipolar disorder may be one of the world’s oldest known illnesses with records of its existence dating back thousands of years. But today, doctors are faced with a greater challenge when it comes to treating the condition. The challenge is drug abuse; a problem that affects only 6% of the general population yet plagues more than …