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Posted today in FDA Alerts

FDA, FTC Warn Company Marketing Unapproved Cannabidiol Products with Unsubstantiated Claims to Treat Teething and Ear Pain in Infants, Autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission posted a joint warning letter to Rooted Apothecary LLC, of Naples, Florida, for illegally selling unapproved products containing cannabidiol (CBD) online with unsubstantiated claims that the products treat teething pain and ear aches in infants, autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity...

Posted today in Medical

Making a Lighter Chicken Parmesan

Love your chicken parm but not the crazy calorie overload you get at a restaurant? Try this lighter version that's easy to make at home. Most of the unwanted calories in chicken parmesan come from heavy breading plus the typical big side of pasta. Both bring down the nutrition profile since the breading is made from white-flour breadcrumbs and the...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Farxiga (dapagliflozin) to Reduce the Risk of Hospitalization for Heart Failure in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

AstraZeneca today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Farxiga (dapagliflozin) to reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart failure (hHF) in adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and established cardiovascular disease (CVD) or multiple cardiovascular (CV) risk factors. The approval is based on results from the landmark...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

Janssen Announces FDA Approval of Stelara (ustekinumab) for the Treatment of Adults with Moderately to Severely Active Ulcerative Colitis

HORSHAM, PENNSYLVANIA, October 21, 2019 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Stelara (ustekinumab) for the treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis. The approval for this new indication is based on...

Posted today in Medical

Good News for Parents: Many Preemie Babies Grow Up Fine

Having a premature baby can be frightening for parents, but new research delivers a calming finding: Many premature babies end up as healthy adults without major illnesses. The study of more than 2.5 million children found that more than half of those born prematurely had no major medical concerns in adulthood. "Preterm birth has been linked with...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Understanding Omega-3 Fatty Acids

-- Omega-3 fatty acids are essential elements that the body doesn't make on its own, says the Cleveland Clinic. Fish, plants and supplements are among the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. For people who don't have a history of heart disease, two servings of fish per week is recommended. Research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids can help improve...

Posted today in Medical

Antidepressant Prozac Doesn't Ease Obsessive Behaviors of Autism

The commonly used antidepressant Prozac doesn't appear to help reduce obsessive-compulsive behavior in children and teens with autism, new research suggests. The study randomly compared use of the drug to a placebo over 16 weeks. In the end, the researchers saw no meaningful clinical benefits from the drug. "We found that there was little evidence...

Posted today in Medical

AHA News: She Thought Her Dizziness, Exhaustion Came From Being A Mom

Their young sons in bed, Lucy Henglefelt and her husband, Adam, were cleaning their Sioux Falls, South Dakota, home to put it on the market. A real estate agent was coming the next day to take pictures. But Lucy reached a stopping point. She occasionally got dizzy and often was near exhaustion, and now she needed to lay down. Later that night, she...

Posted today in Medical

Family Can Help Keep Delirium at Bay After Surgery

Many older hospital patients suffer delirium after surgery, but a new program that involves the patient's family in recovery may help, a new study suggests. Called the Tailored, Family-Involved Hospital Elder Life Program (t-HELP), it appears to help lessen the burden of postoperative delirium while maintaining or improving physical and thinking functions,...

Posted today in Medical

1 in 4 Parents Say No to Play Date Invites

Many U.S. parents are selective about their children's play dates, with nearly one-quarter refusing invitations because they're not comfortable leaving their child in the other parent's care, a new survey finds. Their main concerns about play dates include children being unwatched, hearing inappropriate language, getting into medications and harmful...

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EVALI Cases Rising among E-Cigarette Users. Are You At Risk?

EVALI is the new name for lung injury associated with e-cigarette, or vaping product, use according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A total of 1479 cases of EVALI had been reported to the CDC by October 15, 2019, which was up 180 cases from the previous week. The reported number […]

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Does Your Medicine’s Side Effects Outweigh Its Benefit?

Virtually every medicine in use today has side effects. Some of these will be minor, others can be life-threatening. But how much are you told about potential side effects when your doctor writes you a new prescription? Perhaps your doctor did a quick summary and told you some common side effects such as headache, nausea, […]

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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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