14 Nov 2016

Daily Reads - November 14, 2016

BuzzFeed Health - Women Are Using Laughing Gas To Take The Edge Off Childbirth Pains
"Nitrous oxide doesn't knock you out but it has anesthetic and analgesic effects, so it can decrease sensation and pain while you remain awake."

STAT - Once Scorned, Celebrex Wins Some Vindication as Safe Treatment for Arthritis
"After more than two years in the study, about 2 percent of participants had suffered a heart attack, stroke, heart-related death or other heart problem regardless of what drug they were taking. This was a surprise: Earlier studies suggested naproxen would be safest."

Washington Post - New Statin Guidelines: Everyone 40 and Older Should be Considered for the Drug Therapy
"The new guidelines, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that people ages 40 to 75 who have one or more risk factors — such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or smoking that put them at a 10 percent or greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years — should be on statins."

Native American Ethnobotany Database (via MetaFilter)
"A database of plants used as drugs, foods, dyes, fibers, and more, by native peoples of North America"

Popular Science - How to Conduct Human Drug Trials Without Needing Any Pesky Humans
"Lawrence Livermore ­National Lab researchers have set out to build a comprehensive human body in miniature. Called the iChip, it could be the future of drug testing."

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