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Surprising Good Side Effects of Your Meds

New research finds some common drugs can help prevent cancer, improve heart health and even enhance creativity

En español l Fear of harmful side effects leads far too many patients to avoid taking their medications. In fact, it's a key reason half of all prescription drugs aren't taken as prescribed, says Lars Osterberg, M.D., a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University. But consider this: Some medications have health-boosting benefits that go beyond what the medication was prescribed to treat. That alone is no reason to start an Rx, of course, though it is motivation to follow doctor's orders. "Medications can be very powerful — but only when taken correctly," says Osterberg. … Back to Article

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