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The Relation Between Smoking and COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic and progressive lung disease that includes bronchitis and emphysema. There is less air flow and breathing is difficult. The loss of elasticity in the lungs, damaged air sac walls, thick airway walls and mucus all block air flow. Early symptoms include a nagging cough, wheezing, chest tightness…

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What Is Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain is a malfunction in the somatosensory system that arises from a number of disease and idiopathic origins. It is not relieved by traditional painkillers as it is nociceptive pain produced by damage to tissues. There are several kinds of neuropathic pain, including dysethesia, allodynia, primary and secondary hyperalgesia and chronic paresthesia. Neuropathic Pain…

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Understanding Your Medication – How Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Work?

When you have too much stomach acid, or when deposits build up in the wrong parts of your body, your own digestive system turns on you. Heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers and gastrointestinal diseases have painful symptoms that take the joy out of meals, and sometimes the relief that over-the-counter antacids provide is too short-lived and…

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Celecoxib for Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Celebrex — its generic name is celecoxib — a medication that’s manufactured by the pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer. Since then, celecoxib has provided relief to millions of people who suffer from chronic pain and/or rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a condition in which the body’s white blood…

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How Diovan HCT helps in Treating Hypertension and Heart Attack

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in three adults in the U.S. suffer from hypertension with blood pressure readings above the normal range of 120/80. That means 67 million Americans over the age of 20 suffer from some level of hypertension, but only 47 percent of this group are adequately managing…

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Antiulcer Agents – Nexium Is a Top Performer

Antiulcer therapies have made major advances in recent years with classes of drugs called histamine type 2 receptor blockers and proton pump inhibitors.[1] Both types of drug attack the causes of ulcers and gastrointestinal distress by blocking or decreasing gastric acids and promoting healing in damaged internal tissues of the digestive tract. Among treatments for…

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Cialis as a Treatment for Pulmonary Hypertension

Cialis, a drug marketed to treat erectile dysfunction and benign prostatic hyperplasia in men, is also effective in treating pulmonary hypertension. A number of studies have investigated the uses for phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors beyond the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Pulmonary hypertension is an ideal disease candidate for such studies as the smooth muscle cells of…

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Why Is It Important To Consult Your Doctor Before Taking Advair Diskus?

Advair Diskus is a prescription asthma inhaler that can provide relief during allergy season as well as the rest of the year. If you have wheezing and shortness of breath, your doctor may prescribe this inhaler for you. It may also be given to you if you have COPD or another lung disease. How Advair…

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How Effexor XR (Venlafaxine) is Associated with Prolonged QT Interval

For individuals who are dealing with depression, it can be difficult to truly see life for what it is worth. There are all sorts of different problems that can come up and cause an individual to simply not be able to perform in their daily routine. Depression becomes crippling, and forces a person to focus…

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: The Benefits of Nexium

Though many people do not realize it, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common digestive ailments in the modern era. In the United States alone, it is reported that up to 60 percent of the population is going to have to deal with GERD in the next year. Even more astounding is…

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