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Stroke Prevention for Women: Start Early

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 – Stroke typically affects women in their later years, but doctors are now beginning to focus on helping them cut their risk earlier in life. This increased attention to risk factors in early adult years was recommended by new guidelines that were released earlier this year by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Those guidelines are now being phased into practice by primary care doctors, experts say. For women, that translates to more screening for risk factors during office visits and more interventions to ensure a healthy lifestyle to reduce stroke risk, said Dr. Louise McCullough, director of the Stroke Center at the University of Connecticut in Farmington. McCullough is the co-author of a summary of the guidelines that was published June 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Stroke is a serious interruption or reduction of ... Read more

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Obesity, 'The Pill' May Raise MS Risk, Research Suggests

Posted 27 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 – Obesity and birth control pills may play some role in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), two new studies suggest. One team of researchers found that people who were obese at age 20 had double the risk of developing MS in their lifetime. The researchers suspect a hormone called leptin, which influences appetite, may be causing inflammation that somehow triggers MS. Meanwhile, a second group of scientists found that women who had taken birth control pills were 35 percent more likely to develop MS, and they suggest the hormones in the pills may have an influence in development of the disease. "These studies are pointing us to potential factors that might contribute to MS," said Timothy Coetzee, chief research officer at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. However, he added that it's too soon to make any changes based on either of these studies. ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Food and Drugs Interact

Posted 27 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

-- When food and drinks interact with medication, the medication may not work sufficiently or the drug can become too powerful as the body has trouble handling it properly. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these common examples of food and drug interaction: Grapefruit juice interacts with several drugs and may affect the way the body metabolizes medication. Drugs that may interact with grapefruit juice include: some statins, antihistamines, thyroid medications, blood pressure medications, birth control pills, cough suppressants and medications that block stomach acids. Blood-thinning medications can interact with leafy green vegetables, affecting the blood's clotting ability. Natural black licorice may interact with certain blood pressure medications and blood-thinning medications. Salt substitutes can interact with ACE inhibitors and digoxin. Tyramine (found in foods ... Read more

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'The Pill' Tied to Raised Risk of Glaucoma

Posted 18 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 – Taking birth control pills for more than three years may increase a woman's risk of developing the eye disease glaucoma, a new study suggests. The findings are from an investigation involving more than 3,400 women aged 40 and older who took part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2008. "At this point, women who have taken oral contraceptives for three or more years should be screened for glaucoma and followed closely by an ophthalmologist, especially if they have any other existing risk factors," said lead researcher Dr. Shan Lin, professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. Women who took birth control pills for longer than three years were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with glaucoma, according to the study. The findings were presented Monday at the annual meeting of the ... Read more

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Plan B Contraceptive Approved for All Females of Childbearing Age

Posted 21 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 21 – The Plan B "emergency" contraceptive (levonorgestrel) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for any female of child-bearing potential. Thursday's agency announcement followed an April ruling by the U.S. District Court in New York that the product had to be made available without restriction, including age. Plan B is meant to reduce the chances of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or suspected contraceptive failure. The product was first approved in 2009 as an over-the-counter option for women 17 and older, and as a prescription option for younger females. The product will not end the pregnancy of a female who is already pregnant, and there is no evidence that it will harm a developing fetus, the FDA said in a news release. It will not prevent any sexually transmitted disease, including HIV/AIDS, the agency added. Some females ... Read more

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FDA Approves Plan B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive For Use Without A Prescription For All Women Of Child-Bearing Potential

Posted 20 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

June 20, 2013 – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it has approved the use of Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) as a nonprescription product for all women of child-bearing potential. This action complies with the April 5, 2013 order of the United States District Court in New York to make levonorgestrel-containing emergency contraceptives available as an over-the-counter (OTC) product without age or point-of-sale restrictions. Plan B One-Step is an emergency contraceptive intended to reduce the chance of pregnancy following unprotected sexual intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g., condom). Plan B One-Step is a single-dose pill (1.5 mg tablet) that is effective in decreasing the chance of pregnancy and should be taken as soon as possible within three days after unprotected sex. On June 10, 2013, the agency notified a United States District ... Read more

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FDA OKs Sale of 'Morning-After' Pill Without Age Limit

Posted 20 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 20 – The so-called morning-after pill, an emergency contraceptive, is about to go over-the-counter, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcing Thursday that it has approved unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step. The move follows a decision earlier this month by the Obama administration to drop its effort to fight a court order that would make the contraceptive pill available over-the-counter to all women and girls, regardless of age. After fighting for an age threshold on the nonprescription use of the Plan B One-Step pill for months, the FDA said June 10 that it would heed the ruling of Judge Edward Korman, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The drug prevents conception if taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse. Korman first issued his order April 5, igniting a battle over whether young girls could gain access to ... Read more

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U.S. Ends Effort to Limit Access to 'Morning-After' Pill

Posted 11 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 11 – The U.S. government has dropped its effort to block a court order that would make the morning-after contraceptive pill available over-the-counter to all women and girls. After fighting for an age threshold on the nonprescription use of the Plan B One-Step pill for months, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement late Monday that it would heed the ruling of Judge Edward Korman, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The drug prevents conception if taken within 72 hours of having sexual intercourse. The Obama administration appears to have concluded that it could lose its case, and would have to weigh whether to request that the Supreme Court hear any appeal, the New York Times reported. Women's reproductive rights groups, which had sued the government to clear the way for broader distribution of the drug were happy ... Read more

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Court OKs Non-Prescription Sale of Certain 'Morning-After' Pills

Posted 9 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 5 – In the latest chapter of the legal wrangle over the non-prescription sale of "morning-after" pills, a New York appeals court on Wednesday ruled that some forms of the emergency contraception could be sold over-the-counter while the issue winds its way through the courts. According to The Associated Press, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that two-pill versions of emergency contraception can be sold without a prescription or a restriction as to the buyer's age while the court mulls the validity of a U.S. government appeal. However, a prior ruling by Brooklyn Judge Edward Korman that one-pill products – including Plan B – also could be sold without restrictions has now been suspended by the Manhattan court, the AP reported. That suspension will stay in effect until the appeals court rules on the merits of the case later this year. Korman ... Read more

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U.S. Teen Birth Rate Plummets: Report

Posted 23 May 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 23 – Teen birth rates in the United States are dropping sharply, especially among Hispanic teens, according to a new government report. Overall, the rate of birth among teens aged 15 to 19 dropped by nearly one half from 1991 to 2011 – from about 62 births for every 1,000 teens to 31 births for every 1,000. From 2007 to 2011, the most recent time period studied, rates fell 25 percent, from 41.5 to about 31. During that time, rates fell at least 30 percent in seven states, and Arizona and Utah each saw a 35 percent drop, said Brady Hamilton, a statistician at the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics and a co-author of the report, which was released Thursday. All but two states – North Dakota and West Virginia – reported drops of at least 15 percent, the researchers found. They tracked live births, not pregnancies. "It's good news," Hamilton said. "But it shows ... Read more

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Health Tip: Possible Causes of Dry Eye

Posted 21 May 2013 by Drugs.com

-- You produce tears to help keep your eyes moist and protected from irritants. But dry eye can make your eyes vulnerable and uncomfortable. The National Eye Institute says possible causes of dry eye include: Certain medications, including birth control pills, antidepressants, antihistamines and blood pressure drugs. Diseases of the eye or nearby skin. Damage to the eye, such as from chemical exposure. Health conditions, such as thyroid problems, allergies or immune disorders. Irritation caused by use of contact lenses, or after LASIK surgery. Pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy or some homeopathic remedies. Not blinking frequently enough during use of a computer screen. Read more

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Low-Dose 'Pill' Linked to Pain During Orgasm, Study Finds

Posted 3 May 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 3 – Women taking birth control pills with lower amounts of estrogen – a commonly prescribed contraceptive – may be at higher risk for chronic pelvic pain and pain during orgasm, according to new research. A study of nearly 1,000 women found that women on the lower-dose oral contraceptives were more likely than those on the standard dose (with higher estrogen levels), or those not on the pill, to report pelvic pain. "In our practice, we have seen a lot of this anecdotally," said Dr. Nirit Rosenblum, assistant professor of urology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, a specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. To investigate the potential link further, she compared pain symptoms of women on low-dose birth control pills with those not on pills and those on standard doses. She is scheduled to present the findings Tuesday at the American ... Read more

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Plan B Pill Approved for Sale Without a Prescription

Posted 1 May 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 1 – The Plan B "morning-after" emergency contraceptive pill has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for distribution without a doctor's prescription to females aged 15 and older. In 2011, the agency denied a petition filed by maker Teva Women's Health Inc. to approve the pill for all females of reproductive age. Teva then amended its FDA application to make the product available to females aged 15 and older. The product will carry a label warning that proof of age will be required before sale. In addition, "Teva has arranged to have a security tag placed on all product cartons to prevent theft," the FDA said in a news release. Plan B is designed to prevent pregnancy if taken within three days of unprotected sexual intercourse. It will not end pregnancy if a woman is already pregnant, and there is no evidence that if a pregnant woman does take the ... Read more

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FDA Approves 'Morning-After' Pill Without a Prescription

Posted 30 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 30 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan B One-Step, a version of the so-called "morning after" pill, for use as emergency contraception by girls and women aged 15 and older. The move ends years of debate over the issue, and follows a federal judge's order earlier this month that the FDA make Plan B available to all women, regardless of age. The emergency contraceptive is made by Teva Women's Health Inc. "Research has shown that access to emergency contraceptive products has the potential to further decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies in the United States," FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said in an agency news release. "The data reviewed by the agency demonstrated that women 15 years of age and older were able to understand how Plan B One-Step works, how to use it properly and that it does not ... Read more

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Judge: Make Morning-After Pill Available to All Females

Posted 5 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 5 – A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make the so-called "morning-after pill" – an emergency contraceptive – available to all women regardless of age. The judge from the Eastern District of New York gave the FDA 30 days to remove age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception, such as Plan B One-Step. Currently, girls 16 and younger need a doctor's prescription to get the pill. Other brands of emergency contraception include Next Choice and Ella. The judge's decision, released Friday, is the latest step in a 10-year, controversial debate about who should have access to the drug and why. Plan B prevents implantation of a fertilized egg in a woman's uterus through use of levonorgestrel, a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone used for decades in birth control pills. Plan B contains 1.5 milligrams of levonorgestrel, more ... Read more

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