Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Sleep Disorders: How to Overcome Them and Get a Better Night’s Rest

In a perfect world, everybody would get 8 blissful hours of restful sleep a night. But as people with sleep disorders know all-too-well, those nighttime hours can be filled with tossing, turning and other issues that can prevent us from … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Apps for Nurses

Here’s a interesting site intended for nurses, but helpful for almost anyone. It has a list of smartphone apps that the site believes all nurses should have. I found a few that I added to my phone, and I hope you do … Continue reading

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Smoking May Make Psoriatic Arthritis Worse

MedPage Today reports that according to a study published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, “patients with psoriatic arthritis who smoke have worse patient-reported disease features at baseline and don’t respond as well as nonsmokers to anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) treatment.” … Continue reading

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Medications to Increase HDL Cholesterol May Not Help Reduce Deaths or Heart Attacks

Reuters reports that research published in BMJ suggests that medications designed to increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol may not help to reduce deaths, heart attacks, or strokes. Investigators came to this conclusion after analyzing data from 39 randomized trials. From the … Continue reading

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All You Need to Know About Astigmatism

Astigmatism is an extremely common eye condition, affecting about one in every three Americans, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. It’s also said to be one of the most misunderstood vision problems. Even the name is often confused, with … Continue reading

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Senators Gillibrand, Schumer Urge FDA to Pull Power Morcellators From Market

Modern Healthcare reports in continuing coverage that the two Democratic US senators from New York, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, are asking the FDA to pull from the market laparoscopic morcellators “until regulators have further studied the technology’s potential to … Continue reading

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is September 27

The Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, scheduled for September 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On that day you can take medications to various locations for safe disposal. This is much better … Continue reading

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Court Rules FDA Can’t Use Report on Menthol Cigarettes

Bloomberg News reports a Federal judge has ordered FDA not to use an advisory board’s report on menthol cigarettes because some of the panel’s members “had conflicts of interest.” The article notes Lorillard Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. sued the … Continue reading

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Consumers Warned of Potential Contamination From Dallas Compounding Pharmacy

The Wall Street Journal reports the FDA has warned healthcare providers and consumers for the third time in over a year against ordering medications from NuVision Pharmacy, a Dallas-based compounding pharmacy, over concerns its products may be contaminated. The agency … Continue reading

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Tobacco Industry May Feel Pressed to Join E-Cigarette Flavor Race

On the front of its Business Day section, the New York Times reports that flavors such as “Twista Lime, Kauai Kolada, Caribbean Chill, Mintrigue,” banned in 2009 in cigarettes, “look like plain vanilla compared with the flavor buffet now on offer – … Continue reading

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