Today’s Top Medical News – May 17, 2017


New concerns for pregnant women taking anti-depressants and for seniors given opioids. 

Nearly one third of seniors hospitalized with non-surgical conditions have poor outcomes when doctors prescribe opioids for pain
That’s according to a new study that tracked over 10-thousand seniors in New York State.
Researchers say doctors should use other pain management options including acupuncture, tai chi, heat therapy and exercise.

A common antidepressant prescribed to women during pregnancy is linked to malformations in infants according to a new analysis.
Findings show women who took the drug fluoxetine increased their chances of having babies with cardiovascular malformations by almost 40-percent.

A study of three and a half million people shows obese people who are considered generally healthy still have a 50 percent increased risk of developing coronary heart disease and experiencing heart failure.

(Kenneth Craig, CBS News)

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