ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
CANCER
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Meditation May Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
Mild Flu Season Coming to a Close
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
DIET, NUTRITION
HELP TO LOSE WEIGHT ON A LOW CAL BUDGET
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Functional Foods Uncovered
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
Small Doses of Carbon Monoxide Might Help Stroke Victims
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
Music Can Help Restore Stroke Patients' Sight
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
FITNESS
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
Vitamin D and Bone Health: Are You Getting Enough of This Important Vitamin?
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
The Unmedicated Mind
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Therapies for Menopause
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
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For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life

WEDNESDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- The more pills that kidney dialysis patients take, the more side effects they suffer and the worse their quality of life, a new study finds.

Dialysis patients have to take more pills than most patients with other chronic diseases. In this study, researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute looked at the "pill burden" in 233 dialysis patients in the United States.

The patients took an average of 19 pills a day, but 25 percent took more than 25 pills a day. Patients with a high pill burden reported poorer physical health.

Phosphate binders, medications that control the level of phosphorous in the blood, accounted for about half of the daily pill burden. The study found that 62 percent of patients didn't take these medications as directed. The more phosphate binders patients were prescribed, the less likely they were to take the medications as directed, and the less likely they were to have their blood phosphorous levels under control.

The researchers said their findings suggest that increasing the number of prescribed pills doesn't improve control of phosphorous levels and may result in poorer health-related quality of life.

Any efforts to reduce dialysis patients' pill burden must address the number of prescribed phosphate binders, the researchers said.

The study, funded by Shire Pharmaceuticals, appears in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

More information

The National Kidney Foundation has more about dialysis.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE; American Society of Nephrology, news release, May 7, 2009

Last Updated: May 13, 2009

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