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Experts' Guide to Trampoline Safety

If you own or use trampolines, you need to take steps to prevent injuries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says. While trampolines are fun and can help improve coordination and strengthen the musculoskeletal system, serious injuries can occur without proper safety measures. In 2018, nearly 314,000 trampoline-related injuries were...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Ibsrela (tenapanor) for the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation

Ardelyx, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Ibsrela (tenapanor), a 50 mg, twice daily oral pill for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in adults. Ibsrela is a minimally-absorbed small molecule that acts locally in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to inhibit the sodium-hydrogen...

Posted 2 days ago in FDA Alerts

Safety Information: Zantac (ranitidine) - NDMA Found in Samples of Some Ranitidine Medicines

September 13, 2019 ISSUE: FDA has learned that some ranitidine medicines, including some products commonly known as the brand-name drug Zantac, contain a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels. NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests....

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

10 Quick Tips for a Healthier, Safer Life

Some things that you can do to protect your health take just minutes, so no more excuses! Here are 10 suggestions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every month. Yes, this is an addition to changing the batteries once a year. Wash your child's toys just as you do your hands. (Think...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Highlights: Sept. 13, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Fertility Clinic Sued by White Couple Who Had Asian Baby A New Jersey fertility clinic is being sued by a white couple who had an Asian baby. The baby girl was born in 2013 to Kristina Koedderich and Drew Wasilewski after in vitro fertilization...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

What's the Right Balance of Fats and Carbs?

What is the perfect amount of fats and carbohydrates for a healthy diet? Scientists from McMaster University in Canada analyzed food diaries from more than 135,000 people in 18 countries around the world to find out. The answer supports the old adage that moderation is good for your heart and a longer life, specifically that eating moderate amounts...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

For This Mom, Rare Bone Disease Is a Family Affair

Most people expect some risk in activities like mountain biking or rollerblading, but few would expect to end up in the emergency room with a broken thigh bone from doing a squat. That's exactly what happened to Rachel Jones, 39, who was just trying to stay in shape, despite having a lifelong genetic illness. The broken femur wasn't her first broken...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Heartburn Drug Zantac May Contain Small Amounts of Known Carcinogen, FDA Says

A substance that could cause cancer has been found in some ranitidine heartburn and ulcer medicines, including the brand-name drug Zantac, and the source of this contamination is being investigated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. While preliminary tests found low levels of the nitrosamine impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in some...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

CDC Revises Number of Vaping-Linked Lung Illnesses to 380 in 36 States

U.S. health officials have revised downward the number of cases of a severe lung injury linked to vaping, from more than 450 cases cited last week to the total of 380 cases announced late Thursday. The decrease is due to the exclusion of "possible" cases, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained. The new case total -- which includes...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Stricter Arsenic Standard Made Public Drinking Water Safer: Study

Stricter U.S. government standards for drinking water have reduced arsenic violations by public water systems, proving such safety regulations work, researchers say. Public water systems provide more than 80% of the nation's drinking water. The new standard was introduced in 2001. Since then, the percentage of public water systems in violation fell...

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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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