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Restrictive Diets May Cause Thyroid Troubles in Young Kids

Posted 10 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – Two cases of children who developed iodine deficiency highlight the risks of putting too many restrictions on young kids' diets, researchers say. The doctors said that the children – aged 2 and 5 – developed iodine deficiency because their diets lacked salt, dairy products, bread and other sources of the mineral. Iodine deficiency is common in developing countries, but was virtually eliminated in the United States after iodized salt was introduced almost a century ago. However, it can still happen if a child's diet is strictly limited, said study author Dr. Brigid Gregg. She is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. "Parents should be aware that if they're really restricting the foods their children eat, iodine deficiency is a possibility," Gregg said. The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones, which ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get the Facts on Iodine

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you're dwelling on the subject of getting enough minerals, then calcium, iron and potassium may be more on your mind than iodine. But don't neglect the latter, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. Your body doesn't produce iodine, so you have to get it through diet. It's essential for thyroid hormone production. Iodine deficiency can be a serious problem for pregnant women and their babies. Table salt contains iodine, but people on a low-salt diet may not be getting enough. Iodine is essential for healthy brain development of a fetus. Iodized salt, seaweed, seafood and saltwater fish are good sources of iodine. Read more

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FDA Issues Proposed Rule to Address Data Gaps for Certain Active Ingredients in Health Care Antiseptics

Posted 30 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

April 30, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a proposed rule requesting additional scientific data to support the safety and effectiveness of certain active ingredients used in health care antiseptics marketed under the over-the-counter drug monograph. “Health care antiseptics are an important component of infection control strategies in hospitals, clinics and other health care settings, and remain a standard of care to prevent illness and the spread of infection,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “The FDA recommends that health care personnel continue to use these products consistent with infection control guidelines while additional data are gathered.” Health care antiseptics are primarily used by health care professionals in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, outpatient settings and nursing ho ... Read more

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FDA Seeks to Improve Safety of Antiseptic Swabs

Posted 14 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 – Manufacturers of antiseptic swabs and solutions are being asked to make voluntary labeling and packaging changes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The goal is to improve the products' safety when applied to the skin before surgery or injections. Reports of infections linked to the over-the-counter antiseptics are infrequent but continuing, the agency said in a statement explaining its request. When used properly, these antiseptic swabs and solutions safely reduce the number of bacteria on patients' skin before they undergo an operation or receive shots. But use of contaminated antiseptics has led to localized infections and even death, according to the FDA. "Most often, contamination of [antiseptic products] occurs when organisms are introduced into the product by users," the agency said in the news release. The FDA is asking for labeling changes ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Over-the-Counter Topical Antiseptic Products: Drug Safety Communication - FDA Requests Label Changes and Single-Use Packaging to Decrease Risk of Infection

Posted 13 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting label and packaging changes to enhance the safe use of certain over-the-counter (OTC) topical antiseptic products. This request is the result of our ongoing evaluation of infrequent but continuing reports of infections resulting from antiseptic products labeled for preoperative or preinjection skin preparation.  When used properly, topical antiseptics are safe and effective products to reduce the number of bacteria on patients’ skin prior to surgery or injections.  However, most often, contamination of topical antiseptics occurs when organisms are introduced into the product by users.  Therefore, health care professionals and patients should follow all label directions to decrease the chances of infection. Outbreaks associated with the use of contaminated topical antiseptics have been reported in the medical literature and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Clean a Wound Carefully

Posted 25 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

-- When you get a cut, scrape or minor puncture wound, careful cleaning can help prevent an infection. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for cleaning a minor wound: Run cool water over the wound, either by pouring from a cup or holding the area under running water. Using a soft washcloth and soap, gently clean the skin. Avoid applying soap directly in the wound. Clean a pair of tweezers with isopropyl alcohol, then use the tweezers to remove any dirt or debris in and around the wound. Avoid using strong cleansing solutions such as hydrogen peroxide or iodine. Use plain water unless otherwise directed by a doctor. Read more

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