Topic: prescription medication

Flu Epidemic Declared Public Health Emergency

Flu Epidemic Declared Public Health Emergency

If you are a frequent reader of Blisstree, you’ve probably noticed how many times we’ve mentioned the terribleness that is 2013′s flu season, including ways to prevent catching the flu and the effectiveness of getting a flu shot. A few days ago, Briana noted that 2013 is seeing the worst season for the influenza virus in 6 years, but it had yet to reach epidemic levels. More »

Medicine Cabinet Makeover: Common OTC Medications That Could Make You Feel Worse

Medicine Cabinet Makeover: Common OTC Medications That Could Make You Feel Worse

Does your medicine cabinet need a makeover? It’s surprisingly common for over the counter medication to cause a rebound effect, prolonging symptoms and making you feel worse. Even a few consecutive days taking certain cold, cough, sleep and indigestion meds can backfire, triggering the rebound and making you dependent on the medicine to feel well. When it comes to the following medicine cabinet staples, you’ll want to use caution (or the trash disposal) to make sure your otc remedies aren’t actually making you ill. More »

Hormonal Birth Control Could Give You A Better Brain

Hormonal Birth Control Could Give You A Better Brain

Unexpected upsides to hormonal birth control seem to get way less attention than potential risks, but here’s a benefit we shouldn’t let slip under the radar: Using hormonal contraception could help give you a better brain. In a new study published in the Journal of Women’s Health, researchers Kelly Egan and Carey Gleason say hormones in the pill et al. can improve women’s cognitive abilities in middle- and old-age — and the longer the use, the greater the effect. More »

Hurricane Sandy Victims Need Food And Medical Supplies; 5 Ways You Can Help

Hurricane Sandy Victims Need Food And Medical Supplies; 5 Ways You Can Help

Hurricane Sandy continues to wreak havoc on the East Coast and is now causing major problems in its aftermath, including killing at least 74 people, leaving more than 5.6 million homes and businesses without power, and stranding vast amounts of people without food water and medical supplies. Thankfully, some very generous organizations are stepping up to help. Here are five ways you can pitch in, too: More »

Doping Gets Olympic Shot Putter Stripped Of Gold, Validates Jerk Who Said She “Looks Like A Man”

Doping Gets Olympic Shot Putter Stripped Of Gold, Validates Jerk Who Said She "Looks Like A Man"

Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk placed first–but she didn’t get the take the gold home with her. The Olympian was promptly stripped of her medal after multiple doping tests showed she’d used an “anabolic agent.” Adding insult to injury? That Welsh shot putter Brett Morse, who body-snarked her on Twitter, is being vindicated by the ruling. He issued an apology for hinting that she may have been doping just last week. More »

Early Olympians Ate Testicles, Proving Doping Isn’t New (But Has Always Been Gross)

Early Olympians Ate Testicles, Proving Doping Isn't New (But Has Always Been Gross)

Despite the recent-ish crackdown on doping in the Olympics and other professional sports, the fact is that, for as long as there have been athletes trying to win physical competitions, there have been athletes who would try anything to gain any advantage possible. Including, according to Reuters, eating animal testicles, which apparently ancient Olympians did as an early form of doping. Oh, I’m sorry, were you planning on eating lunch soon? More »

Kerry Kennedy Blames Ambien For Accident; 5 Drug Side-Effects You Need To Know

Kerry Kennedy Blames Ambien For Accident; 5 Drug Side-Effects You Need To Know

Is it really possible that someone could mix up their medications and take a sleeping pill by accident? Highly unlikely. But according to Kerry Kennedy, that’s what caused her to collide with a tractor-trailer last week. It’s a questionable excuse, at best. And it makes us wonder about the real impact of a drug like Ambien. Whether she’s telling the truth or not, we don’t know, but we do know that there are five pretty serious side effects from Ambien that you need to be aware of.
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