Drugs and Pharmaceuticals

Medical Research Terminology – What the Heck is an RCT, a Meta-analysis, a Systematic Review?

I have been reading an alarming book by Ben Goldacre, a British physician and journalist who writes a sometimes column for The Guardian called Bad Science, and has a website and a book with the same name.  He also has two Ted Talk videos that provide a lot of information very fast, unlike his books.
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Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy – A Cause of Behavioral Problems and Hyperkinetic Disorders?

A recent article posted on the online journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests that acetaminophen (Tylenol, Paracetamol), an over-the-counter pain reliever widely used during pregnancy, may have a harmful effect on fetal brain development, increasing the risk of conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other hyperkinetic disorders (HKD) in children.
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Why is nitrous oxide for pain relief unavailable to most women giving birth in the United States when it is available in so many other countries?

This is the question posed by Judith Rooks, CNM, MS, MPH, a well-known midwifery author, epidemiologist, and researcher.     As Ms. Rooks notes in her editorial in the March 2008 edition of the journal Birth, “most U.S. women also lack access to many non-pharmacologic methods to cope with labor pain that, although less effective
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Pharmaceuticals

You’re pregnant, so you think twice about what you put into your body; after all, there are two of you to think about. {mosimage}Pregnant woman have many concerns about both prescription and over the counter drugs. Although many drugs are safe, many are not, and midwives should encourage their patients to ask about any drug,
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