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A Low-Gluten, High-Fiber Diet Healthier

When healthy people eat a low-gluten and fibre-rich diet compared with a high-gluten diet, they experience less intestinal discomfort including less bloating. Researchers at University of Copenhagen show that this is due to changes of the composition and function of gut bacteria.

Discontinue Medications Leads To Inappropriate Prescribing

The continuation of drugs that are not intended to be taken indefinitely is a substantial and common problem that could contribute to over-medication, particularly in the elderly. The specific number of drugs taken is not itself indicative of polypharmacy as all of the drugs may be clinically necessary and appropriate for the patient; however, as the number of prescribed drugs increases, so do the chances of Polypharmacy.

Price Spikes on Some Generic Drugs Indicate Problems

A new USC study reports that sudden price spikes for some generic drugs-such as the last reported increases of a-old generic heart medication and antibiotic-are becoming more common. The study from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, published in the October issue of  Health Affairs , shows that the portion of  generic drugs  that at least doubled in price year-over-year represents a small but growing share of the market: from 1 percent of all generic drugs in 2007 to 4.39 percent in 2013.