Nicotine Patch Side Effects and Benefits

Nicotine Patch Side Effects and Benefits. A new research study shows that nicotine patches can boost memory in older nonsmokers with mild cognitive impairment, a common precursor to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

The new study, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), was modest in size, involving about 70 people over six months. But lead researcher Dr. Paul Newhouse said it’s the largest study ever done to investigate how nicotine might improve memory. Newhouse is director of the Center for Cognitive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

“There were improvements in attention and memory performance in patients who took the nicotine patch compared to those with the placebo patch,” Dr. Newhouse told NPR’s Health Blog Shots. “The placebo patients stayed the same or got worse.”

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Tamiflu Mental Side Effects: Psychiatric Problems – Children and Teens

Tamiflu Mental Side Effects: Psychiatric Problems – Children and Teens. So is Tamiflu safe and effective? The answer, it turns out, depends on whom you ask. It’s a resounding yes, if you ask its manufacturer, Swiss drug maker Roche Holding.

It’s a conditional yes, if you ask the world’s health regulators.

And for The Cochrane Collaboration, considered by health experts to be the ‘gold standard’ of medical evidence, the answer is, no — until proven otherwise.

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Avodart Side Effects and Benefits: Dutasteride vs Prostate Cancer

Avodart Side Effects and Benefits: Dutasteride vs Prostate Cancer. Unknown to many, prostate cancer — unlike most cancers — isn’t a killer disease and new findings show that a drug may help slow it’s growth, already slow to start with.

Prostate cancer is a rare cancer for men younger than 50 years old, notes the National Cancer Institute, which also points out that the actual lifetime risk of dying from prostate cancer is only 2.8 percent and most deaths occur in men who are over 75 years old.

Dr. Bruce Roth, oncology specialist at the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, agrees. Prostate cancer patients are more likely to die of more common causes like stroke or heart attack, he says.

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