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4 Your Health: compressed treatment for PTSD; herbal not a good mix with meds; overtreating diabetes

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Many seniors with Type 2 diabetes are overtreated.

Researchers, in the Netherlands, analyzed diabetic patients over the age of 70. Nearly 40 percent of those with healthy blood glucose levels were taking a higher dose of medication than they needed. Most of these patients were frail and took at least five medications.

The most common effects of over treatment were hypoglycemia and accidental falls.

Herbal supplements a dangerous mix

Another new study reveals the dangers of mixing prescription medications with certain herbal supplements.

Experts say these products can interfere with the effectiveness of prescription drugs or cause dangerous side-effects. Most of the problems were among patients taking Warfarin, or other cholesterol lowering statins.

These patients reported significant reactions after taking sage, flaxseed, St. John's Wort, Goji juice, green tea and cranberry.

Shorter treatment for PTSD

It often takes months to treat people with PTSD but some patients may benefit from a shorter course of treatment.

Researchers at the University Of Pennsylvania assigned a group of active duty military members to 10 therapy sessions over eight, or two weeks. While there was improvement in both groups, patients on the compressed schedule had a greater reduction in PTSD symptoms.

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