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Study Highlights the Beauty Industry's Ugly Side

Posted 2 days 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – When you purchase a new eye shadow or shampoo, you expect those products will be safe and that they won't cause skin breakouts – or worse. But new research found that's not always the case. And, because cosmetics are woefully underregulated in the United States, and there's no solid system in place to catch when personal care products are harmful, it's possible you'll never hear about a problem with a product, the study suggested. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration complaints database contains only 5,144 adverse events between 2004 and 2016 reported in connection with cosmetics, noted the study's senior author Dr. Steve Xu. He's a dermatologist with Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "Here is a $400 billion industry with millions of products and multiple controversies, but we only had about 5,000 adverse events over the course of ... Read more

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Broccoli Extract Shows Promise for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Your Mom may have been right about broccoli's goodness. A small study hints that a substance in the crunchy veggy may help some with diabetes get better control of their blood sugar. Researchers found that a concentrated extract of the substance, called sulforaphane, helped obese type 2 diabetes patients rein in their stubbornly high blood sugar levels. The caveat, however, is that the study was short-term and small – involving 97 people with diabetes followed for 12 weeks. And the extract was taken in addition to the diabetes drug metformin, not instead of it. Plus, the extract the researchers used was not like the sulforaphane supplements available at your local health food store. "The way that you produce and process the extract is important to keep the sulforaphane intact," said senior researcher Dr. Anders Rosengren, of the University of Gothenburg, in ... Read more

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FDA Warns 14 Companies on Bogus Cancer 'Cures'

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday posted warning letters to 14 companies that are selling more than 65 fake cancer treatments. The bogus products include pills, capsules, powders, creams, teas, oils and treatment and diagnostic kits. They're most commonly marketed and sold without FDA approval on websites and social media platforms, the FDA announcement of its action said. The treatments are frequently advertised as "natural" and often falsely labeled as dietary supplements, the agency added. "Consumers should not use these or similar unproven products because they may be unsafe and could prevent a person from seeking an appropriate and potentially lifesaving cancer diagnosis or treatment," said Douglas Stearn. He is director of the Office of Enforcement and Import Operations in the FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs. "We encourage people to ... Read more

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Itching for a Solution to That Rash?

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – Maybe it's a new soap or the dry, cold weather that has turned your hands red and itchy. "There are many reasons for hand rashes," said Dr. Melissa Piliang, a board-certified dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. And the source of the problem isn't always obvious, she and other skin doctors say. An allergy to a new soap or something else you've touched can bring on a hand rash, but it could also reflect something going on inside your body, Piliang said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. "The most common cause is eczema," Piliang said. Eczema is the term for different conditions that cause skin inflammation and irritation. "But some hand rashes may have an allergic cause. Sometimes, an allergy can develop after years of touching the same things daily without a problem, like your wedding ring, skin care products or foods such as ... Read more

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Review Raises Questions About Herbal Meds for Heart Problems

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – While there's scant evidence that herbal medications are safe or effective to treat heart conditions, they remain popular among people with heart disease, a new review suggests. "Physicians should improve their knowledge of herbal medications in order to adequately weigh the clinical implications related to their use," said senior review author Dr. Graziano Onder. Onder, of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy, is an assistant professor in the department of geriatrics, neurosciences and orthopedics. "Physicians should explain that natural does not always mean safe," he said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology. In the United States, herbal medications can be sold without being tested in clinical trials. As a result, there's little evidence of their safety or effectiveness, the review authors explained. The U.S. Food and ... Read more

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Men: Here Are Ways to Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

Posted 19 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Many men don't think about skin care but they should, a dermatologist says. The first step is to understand your skin type, according to Dr. Anthony Rossi. Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use. Normal skin is clear and not sensitive. Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough. Oily skin is shiny and greasy, and combination skin is dry in some places and oily in others, Rossi explained. "Understanding your skin type will help you learn how to take care of your skin and select skin care products that are right for you," Rossi said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Rossi is assistant professor of dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, both in New York City If you're prone to acne, choose cleansers and moisturizers that are "oil-free" or "noncomedogenic," which means they won't clog your ... Read more

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How to Exfoliate Safely and Give Your Skin a Healthy Glow

Posted 8 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Jan. 8, 2017 – Many skin care products promise to improve appearance by exfoliating – or removing dead cells – from the skin's outer layer. But sometimes, exfoliating can do more harm than good, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). "For some people, exfoliation can actually make their skin worse with increased redness or acne breakouts," said Dr. Rebecca Tung, associate professor of dermatology at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. "If you choose to exfoliate, it's important to do so safely so that it does not damage your skin." Before exfoliating, consider your skin type, Tung advised in an AAD news release. Sensitive skin often burns or stings after use of skin care products. Normal skin is clear and not sensitive. Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough. Oily skin is shiny and greasy. Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Preventing Summertime Dry Skin

Posted 7 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Hot weather, swimming and more time spent outside can lead to dry skin. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests how to combat the problem: Take a shower and shampoo your hair as soon as you get out of the pool. Use sunscreen before heading outdoors. Choose one that's water-resistant, broad spectrum and has an SPF of at least 30. Avoid body washes that are deodorant or antibacterial. Keep your bath or shower water warm, not hot. Use a fragrance-free moisturizer all over as soon as you get out of the shower or bath. Crank down your thermostat a few degrees if your home feels too dry. Read more

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Dermatologists: Daily Bath OK for Kids With Eczema

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 – Although some doctors advise against giving a daily bath to kids with the skin condition eczema, a new paper says a daily soak is fine as long as it's followed by plenty of moisturizer. Eczema occurs in adults and children, but is most common in babies. It results in extremely dry, itchy skin, and sometimes inflamed rashes. Some medical professionals believe infrequent bathing (less than once a day) helps prevent skin irritation. However, others contend that bathing at least once a day helps keep skin hydrated, as long as baths are followed by immediate use of a moisturizer to seal in moisture. This process was dubbed "soak and smear" in the paper written by Dr. Ivan Cardona, an allergy and immunology specialist from Portland, Maine, and colleagues. "A number of medical groups have commented on the general role of bathing in eczema. But they don't all agree ... Read more

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Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than $30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. "Substantial numbers of Americans spent billions of dollars out-of-pocket on these approaches – an indication that users believe enough in the value of these approaches to pay for them," said study co-author Richard Nahin. He is lead epidemiologist at the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Expenditures in 2012 included: $14.7 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary practitioners such as chiropractors, yoga instructors, acupuncturists or massage ... Read more

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Health Tip: Why Is My Skin Dry?

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Dry, itchy skin can be caused by a number of factors, from health conditions to age. The American Academy of Dermatology cites these possible triggers: Getting older generally causes skin to become thinner and drier. Living in a desert-like climate can dry skin. Having a skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis, can lead to dry skin. Having a job in which your hands are frequently in water can lead to dry, cracked hands. Swimming frequently in pools with high amounts of chlorine can dry skin. Read more

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Health Tip: Get Relief From Dry Skin

Posted 19 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Dry, itchy skin can be annoying and even painful. Fortunately, it's mostly preventable. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Take lukewarm baths and showers, and don't stay too long. Carefully pat skin dry, and apply moisturizer as soon as you get out. Opt for a thick moisturizing cream or ointment instead of lotion. Choose fragrance-free products, which tend to be less drying and irritating. Run a humidifier to keep the air moist. Skip wool and rough fabrics. Instead, opt for 100 percent cotton and other "breathable" fabrics. Wash hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer. Use a thick hand cream after each washing. Read more

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Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to price inflation, up 279 percent between 2011 and 2014, based on the drugs surveyed. Price increases for skin treatments far outpaced the general inflation rate of 11 percent during the six-year study period, the researchers said. "Cancer drugs were the worst in terms of the numbers" – up 1,240 percent or nearly $11,000 over the six-year study period – primarily because of two medicines, said Dr. Steven Rosenberg, voluntary professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of ... Read more

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FDA Warns of Hazards From Imported Supplements

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – You may be putting your health at risk if you use imported products such as dietary supplements or nonprescription drugs that are sold at ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets or online. So says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a warning issued Thursday. Health product scammers often focus their marketing on people who shop at nontraditional locations. They also target consumers with limited English language skills and poor access to health care services, according to Cariny Nunez, a public health adviser in the FDA's Office of Minority Health. "These scammers know that ethnic groups who may not speak or read English well, or who hold certain cultural beliefs, can be easy targets," she said in an FDA news release. Many health product scammers also include the word "natural" on their products because they know it appeals to certain ... Read more

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Dietary Supplements Land Thousands in the ER Each Year

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – Side effects from dietary supplements send more than 20,000 Americans to the emergency room each year, a new government study reveals. One expert said the report – published Oct. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine – should quash arguments that herbal products, amino acids and other supplements are uniformly "safe" and need no tighter regulation. "This is the most important study done on dietary supplements since DSHEA was passed," said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School who studies supplement safety. Cohen was referring to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, a 1994 law that defined supplements as food rather than drugs. The upshot is that manufacturers do not have to prove their products have benefits, or are even safe. Over the years, there have been recalls of certain supplements found to cause harm, ... Read more

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