Scientists Using Twitter?

Scientists Using Twitter To Discover Prescription Drug InteractionsUniversity of Vermont Scientists Using Twitter to Discover New Drug Interactions

The University of Vermont (UVM) recently reported on a new project that mines Twitter data to discover potentially unknown side-effects and dangerous interactions for various drugs.

The computer program, developed by a team of UVM computer scientists, searches millions of tweets for the names of drugs and medicines, and maps connections using hashtags. Findings from those connections can then be tested by researchers. In addition, findings can also be used to generate early public alerts, notifying patients and healthcare providers that a possible issue may exist, before research has begun and before that information appears in medical databases, such as PubMed.

Antidepressants And Pregnancy

Antidepressants And Pregnancy

New Study: Taking Antidepressants While Pregnant May Not Be As Risky As Previously Thought

In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory warning against the use of antidepressants late in pregnancy. These warnings presented pregnant mothers, also struggling with depression, with an unenviable choice – keep taking your medication and increase your newborn’s risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension, or risk your own mental health by going off the medication..

There may be hope yet. According to an article on CBSNews.com, a new study, conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, suggests that the risks are not as high as once thought.

Statins, Diabetes And Prostate Cancer

Statins And Prostate Cancer

Statins are primarily used for prevention of cardiovascular disease among otherwise healthy adults. While patients typically think of statins and the heart, various studies have shown they affect the body’s response to other diseases such as diabetes and prostate cancer.

Diabetes

According to a recent article published in Medical News Today, a new study published in the journal Diabetologia suggests that statins may more significantly increase a patient’s risk of type 2 diabetes than was previously thought. While studies have been circulating since 2013 about this, the current study’s authors explain that previous studies were limited and did not result in findings applicable to the general population.