Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

FDA’s Proposal to Relax Drug Risk Guidance Met With Consumer Opposition

The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that the FDA is proposing to allow pharmaceutical companies to provide physicians, “hospitals and other customers with information that conflicts with official” agency advice, “which is typically developed after a rigorous scientific process.” Pharmaceutical companies say such … Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Possible Adverse Effects of Mixing Supplements and Medications

HealthDay reports that, according to the FDA, vitamins and other dietary supplements could be dangerous when taken in conjunction with other medication. In a news release the agency warned, “Some dietary supplements may increase the effect of your medication, and other … Continue reading

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FDA Weighs Safety of Testosterone Supplementation

On the front of its Personal Journal section, the Wall Street Journal reports that the FDA is weighing the safety of testosterone supplementation in older men. Currently, about 50 percent of patients filling prescriptions for supplemental testosterone have no formal diagnosis of … Continue reading

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Two New Studies Consider the Risk of Power Morcellators

The Wall Street Journal reports that several new studies are adding to the scrutiny of laparoscopic power morcellators and the possibility that they could potentially spread hidden cancers when used. Researchers from the University of Michigan health system found that, among women … Continue reading

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Superbug Kills Two at UCLA, FDA Releases Endoscope Warning

A disturbing article from CBS News describes the dangers of infection from improperly cleaned endoscopes. Here are the opening paragraphs: U.S. health officials issued a safety warning on a specialty endoscope that has been linked to the transmission of a drug-resistant superbug … Continue reading

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Study: Nicotine Addiction Treatment May Help People Cease Smoking Over Time

Reuters reports a nicotine addiction pill may help smokers give up smoking over a period of time, when they find it difficult give up smoking suddenly, citing a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to the … Continue reading

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Research: 9.3% of Cancer Survivors Continue to Smoke

USA Today reports that a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that “nearly one in 10 long-term cancer survivors play with fire by continuing to smoke.” Researchers “questioned nearly 3,000 survivors nine years after diagnosis,” and found … Continue reading

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How You Can Help Loved Ones Remain As Independent As Possible As They Age

You want your loved ones to remain happy and healthy long into old age. This often means allowing your loved ones to live independently so they do not feel trapped or helpless. You can do several things to help loved … Continue reading

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Study: Some Weight-Loss Supplements Contain Ingredients Similar to Amphetamines

I thought everyone already knew this: USA Today reports that a study led by Harvard researchers published in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis found that some weight-loss and sports supplements contain ingredients similar to amphetamines rather than the plant extract … Continue reading

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California Lawsuit Seeks to Allow Physician-Assisted Death for Terminally Ill

The Los Angeles Times reports that a group of cancer patients and physicians filed a lawsuit “to clarify the ability of mentally competent, terminally ill patients in California to obtain prescription drugs from their physician to hasten their death if they find … Continue reading

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