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Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Gum Disease Risk Factors

-- The leading cause of gum disease is plaque, says the American Academy of Periodontology. However, other factors can affect the health of your gums. The academy mentions these risk factors for gum disease: Old age. Tobacco use. Genetic predisposition. Stress. Medications, such as antidepressants or oral contraceptives. Clenching or grinding...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Pregnancy and Amusement Park Rides

-- Pregnant women should not ride roller coasters or other jarring rides at the amusement park, says the American Pregnancy Association. The rapid starts and stops and jerky motions that characterize these rides can lead to premature separation of the placenta, the group says. Premature separation has occurred among many women in car accidents. Currently,...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Reyvow (lasmiditan), the First Serotonin (5-HT) 1F Receptor Agonist for the Acute Treatment for Migraine

Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Reyvow (lasmiditan) an oral medication for the acute treatment of migraine, with or without aura, in adults. Reyvow has a unique mechanism of action and is the first and only FDA-approved medicine in a new class of acute treatment for migraine...

Posted 3 days ago in FDA Alerts

FDA Advises Consumers Not to Use Rompe Pecho Cough Syrup

FDA advises consumers not to use Rompe Pecho EX and Rompe Pecho CF cough syrups distributed by Efficient Laboratories, Inc., Miami, Florida, due to microbial contamination risks. These are over-the-counter medicines for children six years and older. FDA recommends consumers stop using these medicines and dispose of them. These contaminated cough medicines...

Posted today in Medical

Suicide Attempts Rising Among African-American Teens

Historically, African-American teenagers in the United States have had lower suicide rates than whites. But a new study finds that more African-American teens have been attempting suicide in recent years -- and experts are not sure why. Researchers at New York University found that between 1991 and 2017, there was an increase in the number of African-American...

Posted today in Medical

Put Safety First When Planning to Pack Food-to-Go

Whether you're tailgating, cooking for a potluck or bringing in a treat for co-workers, keep safety in mind to avoid food-borne illnesses. Safe handling is always important, but it's an even bigger priority when you're away from your kitchen, without the benefit of your fridge and oven to control food temperatures. The key is to plan ahead to keep...

Posted today in Medical

How to Spice Up Everyday Oatmeal

Want to add pizzazz to your morning bowl of oats? Here's how to spice things up and boost the nutrition. Oats are rich in important minerals like manganese, which plays a role in controlling blood sugar. They also happen to be very high in fiber, important for gut and heart health. Nuts and seeds are great toppings for oats that you might be enjoying...

Posted today in Medical

Frequent Male Pot Use Linked to Early Miscarriages

Men who use marijuana at least once a week are twice as likely to see their partner's pregnancy end in miscarriage, compared to those who use no pot, new research suggests. Miscarriages related to frequent male pot use tended to occur within eight weeks of conception, which bolsters suspicions that marijuana use damages sperm in some essential way,...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

A Parent's Guide to Managing Kids' Asthma During the Fall

Fall can be a challenging time of the year for kids with asthma, an expert says. "Although asthma can flare up for a number of reasons, a lot of people with allergies also have asthma, and asthma can be triggered by allergies. So the fall is a tough time for asthmatic sufferers," said Dr. Gaurav Kumar, a pediatrician at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore. While...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Don't Let SAD Get the Better of You

If you suffer from the winter blues, there are things you can do to make the season less depressing. Clinically known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it happens when there is less sunlight during the day, according to Jeannie Larson, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing. Less sunlight may...

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Your Medicine Is Polluting Our Environment

Doctors prescribe medicines to treat a disease, correct a deficiency, or prevent a condition from happening. For example, beta blockers help lower blood pressure, iron tablets correct iron deficiency, and birth control pills prevent pregnancy. We take our prescribed medication as directed (or sometimes we don’t!) and expect it to do what it is meant […]

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Green Gold

The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill by Trump in December last year paved the way for a more widespread (yet still restricted) cultivation of hemp and a more regulated cannabidiol (CBD) market. And that market is currently booming, with a forecasted revenue of over 22 million by 2022. But there is still a lot […]

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Worshipping The Wine (or Beer) God or Godess

For many Americans, alcohol is a big part of their life. No matter the occasion, from weddings to birthday parties, family gatherings to date nights, most assume alcohol will be available. In fact, more than 50% of people say they would enjoy a major event less if alcohol was prohibited. But at what point does […]

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