New research suggests that three commonly prescribed classes of drugs that are not themselves antibiotics – proton pump inhibitors, beta-blockers, and antimetabolites – could lead to antibiotic resistant infections caused by bacteria from the Enterobacteriaceae family. These antibiotic resistant infections are in turn linked to longer hospital stays and potentially greater risk of death.
Pregnant women who take over-the-counter painkillers have a higher risk of their babies being harmed in the womb. Researchers tracked more than 150,000 pregnancies over three decades to look at women who took aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol, naproxen, and diclofenac while expecting their baby.
Seventy-two US senators and 302 members of the House of Representatives cashed a check from the pharmaceutical industry ahead of the 2020 election — a number representing more than two-thirds of the US Congress, according to a new analysis of records for the full election cycle.