Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

CDC: Half of US Prescriptions for Antibiotics Unnecessary

The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that according to the CDC, 80% of American are issued prescription antibiotics every year, and “up to half of the estimated 258 million prescriptions are unnecessary.” Jesse Goodman, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Medical … Continue reading

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Pfizer Agrees to $400 Million Settlement in Off-Labeling Marketing Lawsuit

The Wall Street Journal “Pharmalot” blog reports that Pfizer has agreed to a $400 million settlement in a class-action securities suit in which investors alleged the drug maker marketed several treatments on an off-label basis, including painkiller Bextra (valdecoxib), epilepsy treatment Lyrica … Continue reading

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How to Prepare Your Elderly Parent for a Medical Emergency

If you have aging parents that are living alone, you likely worry about their safety—especially if they suffer from medical conditions. While medical emergencies are common in households with elderly people, you don’t have to live with constant worry about … Continue reading

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Bacterial Deaths Associated With Use of Duodenoscopes

USA Today reports on the “deadly pattern of illnesses” that emerged in Seattle hospitals in 2012 that in each case stemmed from the use of duodenoscopes. The device is a “specialized endoscope, threaded down the throat of a half-million patients a … Continue reading

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Study Warns of Cancer Risk From Formaldehyde in Some E-Cigarettes

A number of media outlets covered the news Wednesday of study revealed in the New England Journal of Medicine that using high-voltage e-cigarettes may lead to greater exposure to formaldehyde, a potentially cancer-causing chemical, compared to using e-cigarettes at a … Continue reading

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Dangers From Painkillers Highlighted

In a special report, Consumer Reports looks at the dangers of painkillers, noting that every year, Percocet (acetaminophen and oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen) and other opioids “kill 17,000 Americans and acetaminophen sends 80,000 people to the ER.” The piece notes … Continue reading

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More States Passing “Right to Try” Laws Allowing Access to Unapproved Medicines

The New York Times reported that Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Louisiana and Arizona have all passed “Right to Try” laws in the past year allowing “critically ill” patients to try medications or treatments that have not received FDA approval. However, the Times pointed … Continue reading

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Cigarette Smoking Remains Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths in U.S.

Fox News reports that an American Cancer Society-sponsored study, published in the Annals of Epidemiology, found that “cigarettes continue to cause about three in 10 cancer deaths in the United States.” The data come from the National Health Interview Survey and … Continue reading

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Study Spotlights Medication Errors Among Children

Reuters reports that every eight minutes, a child below 6 years of age experienced a medication error between 2002 and 2012, citing an analysis of calls to poison control hotlines that was unveiled in the journal Pediatrics. While most previous studies … Continue reading

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Cancer Organizations Release Joint Statement on Electronic Cigarettes

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports, “Electronic cigarettes should be subject to the same taxes, marketing restrictions and limitations on public use as traditional tobacco products, according to new guidance” issued in a joint policy statement from the American Society … Continue reading

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