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Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – The prescription drops your child is using for ear pain could be among 16 unapproved medications targeted this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These drugs, prescribed and sold for years to relieve ear pain and swelling, have not been evaluated for safety, quality and effectiveness, the agency said Wednesday. The agency notified the drugs' makers to stop ...

U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Many American children and teens aren't consuming enough liquids – especially water – and that lack of hydration could affect their physical and mental health, a new study suggests. The findings "highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past," study author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in social and ...

Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Posted 20 May 2015 by

-- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. ...

Scientists Explore How Zinc Fights Off Infection

Posted 7 Feb 2013 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 7 – Many Americans take zinc supplements to zap colds, and a new study seeks to explain how the mineral works. Zinc helps fight infections by balancing the immune system's response, according to the study led by Daren Knoell, a professor of pharmacy and internal medicine at Ohio State University. "We believe that our findings help to narrow an important gap that has existed in our ...

Zinc Pills May Shorten Colds, Analysis Suggests

Posted 7 May 2012 by

MONDAY, May 7 – Those suffering from the common cold will try almost anything to relieve their symptoms, but a cure has yet to be found. A new Canadian analysis has revealed that zinc tablets may help patients suffer a little less, but side effects are common. "Although it is possible that oral zinc preparations impact symptoms of the common cold, there is currently insufficient evidence to ...

Larger Dose of Zinc Lozenges May Shorten Colds

Posted 2 Aug 2011 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 2 – There's still no cure for the common cold, but there may be a way to shorten its misery: A new study suggests that higher doses of zinc lozenges in certain formulations may cut the length of colds by more than 40 percent. Researcher Dr. Harri Hemila, of the University of Helsinki in Finland, reviewed 13 placebo-controlled trials examining the effect of zinc lozenges on cold ...

Zinc May Help Ease Common Cold: Analysis

Posted 16 Feb 2011 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 15 – A review of data from 15 trials suggests that the zinc supplements so many Americans pop at the first sign of a cold may, in fact, cut the length and severity of illness. The review, conducted by a team in India and published in the Cochrane Library, found that zinc might help shorten the time people have to stay away from work or school. "This review strengthens the evidence ...

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