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CBD supplements may go to waste when taken without certain foods

CBD supplements may go to waste when taken without certain foods

Some substances are fat-soluble, meaning they must be consumed with a glass of milk or some other fat for proper absorption. Other compounds, however, must be taken on an empty stomach or with food/beverages that do not contain fat in order to be absorbed. According to a new study, cannabidiol (CBD) supplements fall into the first category, meaning you're probably wasting your money if you're consuming these products with food or drinks that don't contain dietary fat or on an empty stomach.

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Omega-3 pills slash triglycerides, but study warns against supplements

Omega-3 pills slash triglycerides, but study warns against supplements

Part of maintaining a healthy heart and reducing one's risk of developing cardiovascular disease is keeping cholesterol and triglyceride levels in check. Triglycerides are a type of fat that can be found in the blood, high levels of which may increase the risk of heart troubles later in life. A new study has found that taking daily omega-3 fatty acid pills may substantially lower triglyceride levels, but it comes with a big warning.

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CDC reports nearly 100 vaping lung disease cases in 14 states

CDC reports nearly 100 vaping lung disease cases in 14 states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed on Friday that it is helping local health officials investigate nearly 100 lung injury cases possibly linked to the use of vaping products involving liquid nicotine and THC solutions. These cases have been identified in five states at this time, but many questions remain unanswered.

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Cat allergy vaccine treats pets to protect allergic humans

Cat allergy vaccine treats pets to protect allergic humans

Though not quite at the same level as shellfish and peanuts, cats trigger an allergic reaction in many people, making it impossible to keep them around as pets. That's unfortunate, particularly in people who develop their allergy while already living with a cat, an issue that doesn't come with an easy solution. There's some hope, however, and it may come in the form of a vaccine administered to the animals, not humans.

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Popular migraine drug recalled over potentially serious bacteria risk

Popular migraine drug recalled over potentially serious bacteria risk

Brand name drug Relpax, a tryptamine-based medication in the triptan class of drugs, has been voluntarily recalled by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer over the potential risk of 'microbiological' contamination. The FDA detailed the recall this week, explaining that migraine sufferers who consume a contaminated pill may be at risk of potentially serious infections, as well as other issues like an upset stomach.

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FDA proposes gruesome cigarette packs to freak out smokers

FDA proposes gruesome cigarette packs to freak out smokers

The FDA is targeting smokers with a newly published proposed rule that, if implemented, would put disturbing imagery on packages of cigarettes. The 'photo-realistic color images' would be part of warnings placed on cigarette products and advertisements intended to depict the kind of serious health consequences associated with smoking. This would, the FDA says, represent the biggest change to cigarette packaging labels implemented in more than three decades.

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Ebola cure nears as two treatments prove highly effective

Ebola cure nears as two treatments prove highly effective

Two out of four Ebola candidate treatments have proven so effective that a trial testing the products is ending early. The recommendation to end the existing trial, which started in November 2018, was made by an independent monitoring board tasked with reviewing the trial's efficacy data and related safety. In its place, the board recommends that officials focus on just two of the four treatments: mAb114 and REGN-EB3.

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Superbug tuberculosis treatment gets FDA approval as cases skyrocket

Superbug tuberculosis treatment gets FDA approval as cases skyrocket

The Food and Drug Administration has announced its approval of a vital drug treatment option for the superbug form of tuberculosis, a serious lung disease caused by bacteria. As with certain other conditions related to bacteria, the health care industry has increasingly faced challenges related to drug-resistant tuberculosis that doesn't respond well to standard treatments.

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Standard blood pressure control may not be enough to protect the brain

Standard blood pressure control may not be enough to protect the brain

The National Institutes of Health has published a new study that highlights the importance of controlling blood pressure at younger ages in order to lower one's risk of serious health issues later in life. The research, which involved participants with the NIH's SPRINT trial, found that 'intensively controlling' blood pressure 'significantly' reduces one's odds of developing mild cognitive impairment in old age.

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Two more states report severe vaping lung injury: What you should know

Two more states report severe vaping lung injury: What you should know

On August 4, state health officials in Wisconsin disclosed a dozen cases of severe lung disease that appeared to be linked to the use of vaping devices, including electronic cigarettes. The cases involved young adults, catching the attention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which encouraged health care providers in other states to report any similar cases. In the days since this disclosure, another two states have reported serious lung conditions in people who vape.

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US health task force wants all adults screened for illegal drug use

US health task force wants all adults screened for illegal drug use

The United States Preventive Service Task Force, an independent panel of health care experts appointed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, has recommended that all adults in the nation be screened for illicit drug use. The screening would look for both illegal drug use and the potential abuse of legally prescribed medication.

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Your drugs can work better: One simple life hack

Your drugs can work better: One simple life hack

There's ample evidence to suggest that taking medications at the same time of day each day increases efficacy, a study published this month in Science suggests. Researchers have poured over fifty years of clinical trials that considered and evaluated time-of-day administration of drugs. Over 100 clinical trials, 70 distinct drugs or combinations or medical procedures across 15 different therapeutic areas were studied. Of these, 75% found that "treatment efficacy or toxicity depended on dosing time."

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