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Health Highlights: Oct. 29, 2016

Posted 30 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: First Baby With Zika-Linked Microcephaly Born in Puerto Rico The first baby born with Zika-linked microcephaly has been born in Puerto Rico, health officials there said Friday. Born within the past two weeks, the newborn suffered severe birth defects and is still in the hospital, the Associated Press reported. Microcephaly, a birth defect where a baby is born with an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain, was not detected in the fetus until the eighth month of pregnancy. The infant also has hearing and vision problems, Dr. Ana Rius, Puerto Rico's Secretary of Health, told the wire service. Authorities are investigating why the case was identified so late although the mother showed Zika symptoms in the first trimester of her pregnancy, Rius told the AP. She added that the ... Read more

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Is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Real?

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016, – Gluten sensitivity appears to be a real medical problem, and not a figment of the popular imagination conjured up by the gluten-free craze, a new study contends. Some people suffer changes within their bodies after eating gluten that are separate and distinct from those that accompany either celiac disease or wheat allergy, researchers report. "We don't know what is triggering this response, but this study is the first to show that there are clear biological changes in these individuals," said senior researcher Armin Alaedini. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University in New York City. "Based on our findings, we hope there would be greater recognition of this condition. This is a real condition. There are individuals who may not have celiac disease or wheat allergy, but still have a sensitivity to wheat," Alaedini said. People with ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Over-the-Counter Antacid Products Containing Aspirin: FDA Drug Safety Communication - Serious Bleeding Risk

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: The FDA is warning consumers about the risk of serious bleeding when using nonprescription, also known as over-the-counter or OTC, aspirin-containing antacid products to treat heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, or upset stomach. Many other products for these conditions are available that do not contain aspirin. These widely used products already contain warnings about this bleeding risk on their labels; however, we are continuing to receive reports of this serious safety issue. As a result, we will continue to evaluate this safety concern and plan to convene an advisory committee of external experts to provide input regarding whether additional FDA actions are needed. BACKGROUND: OTC aspirin-antacid products are sold under various trade names, including Alka-Seltzer Original, Bromo Seltzer, Medique Medi Seltzer, Picot Plus Effervescent, Vida Mia Pain Relief, Winco Foods ... Read more

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DNA May Affect What Bugs Reside in Your Gut

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – At least some of the microbes that live in your gut may be influenced by your genes, a new study finds. "We set out to find out about human genes that are implicated in the regulation of the gut microbiome, and we found some that are," said senior study author Ruth Ley, an associate professor in the department of microbiology at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y. For example, the researchers found a link between the LCT gene – involved in making the enzyme that helps the body digest dairy products – and a type of microorganism called Bifidobacterium, which is commonly used in probiotics. "Based on our research, we identified more than a dozen microbes with known links to health that are heritable," Ley said. "These microorganisms are environmentally acquired, but the genome also plays a part – by determining which microorganisms are more dominant than ... Read more

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Widely Used Heartburn Drugs Linked to Dementia Risk in Study

Posted 15 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 – A popular class of heartburn medications might raise a senior's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. Called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), this group of drugs includes Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. They work by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach. But German researchers found that people 75 or older who regularly take the medications had a 44 percent increased risk of dementia, compared with seniors not using the drugs. The study only found an association, however, and not a cause-and-effect link. "To evaluate cause-and-effect relationships between long-term PPI use and possible effects on cognition in the elderly, randomized, prospective clinical trials are needed," said corresponding author Britta Haenisch, from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn. In the meantime, "Clinicians should follow guidelines for PPI ... Read more

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Health Tip: Should I Talk to my Doctor About Gas?

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- While everyone has intestinal gas, some people have severe bloating that causes discomfort and other problems. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs that you may need to see a doctor: Intestinal gas that is persistent and severe. Intestinal gas that occurs with vomiting. Long-term diarrhea, bloody stool or constipation. Weight loss for no apparent reason. Heartburn. Read more

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Health Tip: Dealing With Baby's Gas

Posted 12 May 2014 by Drugs.com

-- A gassy baby is a grumpy baby, but there are things parents can do to help alleviate the problem. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions: If mom is breast-feeding, identify any foods in mom's diet that could be contributing to gas. If baby is formula-fed, use ready-to-feed formula. Or, to cut down on air bubbles, allow a mixed powdered formula to sit before feeding. Use vented, angled or collapsible formula bottles to help reduce swallowed air. Burp baby more frequently. Gas drops may be used safely, but keep in mind that often they aren't effective and they can be costly. Read more

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Could Baby's Tummy Bacteria Help Spur Colic?

Posted 14 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 14 – Colic is a common problem for babies, and new research may finally provide clues to its cause: A small study found that infants with colic seemed to develop certain intestinal bacteria later than those without the condition. What the researchers aren't clear on yet is why this would make some infants go on long crying jags nightly for months. The study authors suspect that without the right balance of intestinal flora, the babies may experience more pain and inflammation. In particular, the study found differences in two types of bacteria. One is proteobacteria. The other is probiotics, which include bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. "Already in the first two weeks of life, specific significant differences between both groups were found. Proteobacteria were increased in infants with colic, with a more-than-doubled relative abundance. These included specific species ... Read more

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No Good Evidence That Folk Remedies Ease Colic

Posted 28 Mar 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 28 – Fennel extract, herbal tea and sugar water relieved colic in some infants better than a placebo, according to a new study that reviewed clinical trials of alternative remedies for colic. But parents shouldn't get their hopes up too high. All of the trials reviewed had "major limitations," such as having too few patients, relying on parental reports of symptoms, or the study design (such as not being double-blinded). "The notion that any form of complementary and alternative medicine is effective for infantile colic currently is not supported from the evidence from the included randomized clinical trials," the researchers from the United Kingdom wrote. "Additional replications are needed before firm conclusions can be drawn." But because fennel extract, certain herbal teas and sugar water are generally safe, and because the research does suggest babies may benefit, ... Read more

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