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Posted today in Medical

Teen Drivers, Passengers Need to Be Safety-Conscious

Teens enjoy the freedom of driving with friends, but parents worry about potential distractions. More than half of U.S. parents in a new nationwide poll say their child has most likely been a passenger of a distracted teen driver. The most worrisome distractions are loud music (46%), a cellphone (42%) or other teen passengers (39%), according to the...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Rybelsus (semaglutide), the First Oral GLP-1 Analog Treatment for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Novo Nordisk today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Rybelsus (semaglutide) tablets 7 mg or 14 mg for adults with type 2 diabetes that along with diet and exercise may improve blood sugar (glucose).1 Rybelsus is the first and only glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analog in a pill and a new option for adults with...

Posted 2 days ago in FDA Alerts

FDA Updates on Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker (ARB) Recalls

Investigation ongoing – This page to be updated as more information is available IMPORTANT: Medications containing only amlodipine or hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) are not being recalled. Manufacturers are recalling medications containing amlodipine in combination with valsartan or losartan, and medications containing hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Foods That Will Make You Feel Full Faster

When you get the urge for a snack, you might not think that a slice of turkey can have the same lip-smacking effect as a handful of chips. But scientists have known for some time that protein is the most efficient nutrient for not only quickly satisfying hunger, but also for keeping you feeling satisfied longer than other foods. Part of the explanation...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Can You Still Be Healthy If You're Overweight?

If you're overweight but have dodged chronic health issues like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, you might not think that losing weight is a priority. But an analysis of five years of records on 3.5 million people -- underweight, normal weight, overweight and obese -- has found reason for concern. The researchers discovered that even if people...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Just 2 Weeks on the Couch Starts to Damage Your Body

A new study proves that the old adage "use it or lose it" is definitely true when it comes to fitness. After just two weeks of sedentary behavior, formerly fit people had: A decline in heart and lung health Increased waist circumference Greater body fat and liver fat Higher levels of insulin resistance "The study showed that two weeks of reduced...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Maker Halts Distribution of Generic Zantac Due to Possible Carcinogen

Novartis, the maker of a generic form of the popular heartburn drug Zantac, said Wednesday it will cease distribution of the medicine after investigations suggested that generic and branded versions contain a known carcinogen. A distribution halt is not the same as a full recall, and it means that generic Zantac (ranitidine) remaining on store shelves...

Posted yesterday in FDA Alerts

Drug Safety Communication: Imodium (loperamide) for Over-the-Counter Use - FDA Limits Packaging To Encourage Safe Use

[9-20-2019] UPDATETo help address loperamide abuse and misuse, FDA approved changes to the packaging for tablet and capsule forms of the brand-name over-the-counter (OTC) anti-diarrheal medicines Imodium A-D, Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief, and Be Health Loperamide HCl Capsules. These changes limit each carton to no more than 48 mg of loperamide and require...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Cases of Vaping-Linked Lung Illness Rise to 530 Across 38 States: CDC

The number of confirmed or suspected severe lung illnesses linked to vaping has leapt to 530 cases across 38 states and the Virgin Islands, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. There have also been seven confirmed deaths in six states -- California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon, officials added. Unfortunately, officials still...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Hysterectomy Procedure Tied to Worse Cancer Outcomes

Women who must have their uterus removed should be wary of a procedure called uncontained uterine power morcellation, Yale University researchers warn. This once common surgical option for hysterectomy or myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids) has been linked to worse outcomes for patients with undiagnosed uterine cancer at the time of surgery. In...

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Posted in Blog

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 […]

Posted in Blog

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 […]

Posted in Blog

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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