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FDA Asks How Safe Is That Hand Sanitizer?

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 – Millions of Americans use hand sanitizers every day, believing they safely kill bacteria. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to find out if that's really true. The agency Wednesday requested makers of antibacterial hand sanitizers and related products to provide data showing the products' active ingredients actually reduce bacteria and are harmless over time. Of particular concern are the long-term effects of these sanitizers on pregnant women and children, the agency said. "These products provide a convenient alternative when hand washing with plain soap and water is unavailable, but it's our responsibility to determine whether these products are safe and effective so that consumers can be confident when using them on themselves and their families multiple times a day," Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and ... Read more

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Substance Abuse, Suicide Killing More White, Middle-Aged Americans: Report

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – A largely unnoticed "epidemic" is killing white, middle-aged Americans in growing numbers, a new analysis reveals. Princeton University researchers report that the overall death rate of white adults in midlife has risen sharply over the past 15 years, largely because of drug and alcohol overdoses, suicide, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver. The tally is on par with the nation's AIDS deaths, they added. "We sort of fell off our chairs when we saw that in the data, because that's just not what's happening elsewhere," said study author Anne Case, a professor of economics and public affairs. No other industrialized nation has experienced a similar deterioration in health during the timeframe studied – 1999 to 2013, the researchers said in background notes. Meanwhile, death rates of U.S. Hispanics and blacks continue to plummet. Results of the ... Read more

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Alcohol, Pot Combo Impairs Driving More Than Either Alone

Posted 10 Jul 2015 by

FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 – Drinking alcohol and smoking pot at the same time hampers driving skills more than consuming one alone does, a new study shows. However, while the combined impact leads to greater behind-the-wheel impairment, it didn't double the effect. The findings stem from a new investigation that looked at driver performance along a virtual roadway after drinking alcohol, smoking pot or both. "What we saw was an additive effect, not a synergistic effect, when we put them together," study author Tim Brown, an associate research scientist who works with the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS), said in a news release. "You get what you expect if you take alcohol and cannabis and merge them together." Brown and his colleagues reported their findings recently in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Their work was sponsored by the U.S. National ... Read more

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Higher Alcohol Taxes May Lead to Fewer Drunk-Driving Deaths: Study

Posted 6 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 – Higher alcohol taxes in Illinois are associated with a decrease in alcohol-related car crash deaths, a new study finds. "Similar alcohol tax increases implemented across the country could prevent thousands of deaths from car crashes each year," Alexander Wagenaar, a professor in the department of health outcomes and policy at the University of Florida in Gainesville, said in a university news release. "If policymakers are looking to address dangerous drivers on our roads and reduce the number of fatalities, they should reverse the trend of allowing inflation to erode alcohol taxes," he added. In Illinois, alcohol-related traffic deaths fell 26 percent after the state boosted alcohol taxes in 2009. The decrease was highest among young people, at 37 percent, the study found. Fatal crashes involving alcohol-impaired and extremely drunk drivers fell 22 percent and ... Read more

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