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Study Highlights the Beauty Industry's Ugly Side

Posted 26 Jun 2017 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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Fresh Hot Chili Peppers For A Longer Life

Posted 17 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – Variety is often called the spice of life. Now it turns out that an actual spice – chili peppers – may be the key to a longer one. A multi-year study done in China, where chili peppers are one of the most popular ingredients in recipes, looked at spicy food consumption among nearly half a billion people. The research, published in the British journal BMJ, found that people who ate spicy foods 6 or 7 days a week had a 14 percent relative risk reduction in total mortality compared to those who spiced it up less than once a week. And the relationship was even stronger in people who didn't drink alcohol. While you can choose from dried chili peppers, chili sauce and chili oil, the protective factor was greatest for people who ate the fresh peppers, the study authors said. Other studies done around the world have found many benefits to these hot peppers and the ... Read more

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What Drugs Work Best for Diabetic Nerve Pain?

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Nerve pain and numbness, also known as neuropathy, is a debilitating but common symptom of diabetes. Now, new research suggests certain drugs may outperform others in treating diabetic neuropathy. The new review of the data on the subject was led by Julie Waldfogel of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Her team noted that about half of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage caused by high levels of blood sugar. However, not all of them will have symptoms such as pain, numbness and tingling in the legs and feet. In the new study, the Hopkins group reviewed 106 studies on pain relief for diabetic neuropathy. The researchers found "moderate" evidence that the antidepressants duloxetine (Cymbalta) and venlafaxine (Effexor) reduce diabetic nerve pain. However, they only found "weak" evidence that botulinum toxin (Botox), the anti-seizure drugs ... Read more

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Hawaii Facing Rise in Dengue Fever Cases

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – Do your winter travel plans include Hawaii? You may want to pack bug repellent, experts say. That's because the Big Island of Hawaii is facing an outbreak of dengue fever – a mosquito-borne virus that can cause terrible headache and crushing pain in the muscles and joints. State health officials have confirmed 117 cases of dengue fever on the Big Island since mid-September, including 103 local residents and 14 visitors to the island. One other case has been reported on the island of Oahu, but health officials say it was not locally transmitted and is not tied to the new outbreak. The jump in cases has prompted top experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to visit the island this week to try and help, CNN reported Wednesday. "I don't think travelers should be overly worried, but they should take care to avoid mosquitoes as much as ... 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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Topical Products for Muscle, Joint Pain May Cause Burns: FDA

Posted 14 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 14 – Over-the-counter pain relievers designed to be rubbed into the skin – such as Bengay and Icy Hot – could cause skin injuries in rare cases, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning. If you experience burning pain or blistering after using the products, the FDA says, you should seek medical attention right away. The agency said it has received reports about severe skin injuries in people who use topical products to treat muscle and joint pain. Other products include Capzasin, Flexall, and Mentholatum. People have developed mild to severe chemical burns, some within a day after using a product just one time. Some burns were so severe that some people needed to be hospitalized, the FDA said. "There's no way to predict who will have this kind of reaction to a topical pain reliever for muscles and joints," Dr. Jane Filie, a medical officer in the FDA's division ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Over-The-Counter Topical Muscle and Joint Pain Relievers: Drug Safety Communication - Rare Cases of Serious Burns

Posted 13 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

ISSUE:  FDA is alerting the public that certain over-the-counter (OTC) products that are applied to the skin for the relief of mild muscle and joint pain have been reported to cause rare cases of serious skin injuries, ranging from first- to third-degree chemical burns, where the products were applied. When applied to the skin, the products produce a local sensation of warmth or coolness.These products should not cause pain or skin damage, however, there have been rare cases of serious burns following their use. Some of the burns had serious complications requiring hospitalization BACKGROUND: OTC topical muscle and joint pain relievers are used to temporarily relieve minor muscle and joint aches and pain. These OTC topical muscle and joint pain relievers are available as single- or combination-ingredient products that contain menthol, methyl salicylate, or capsaicin, and are marketed ... Read more

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Pain Patches Making Gains in U.S.

Posted 22 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 21 – Americans suffering from muscle pain are used to taking a pill or rubbing in a cream to help soothe their aches. But a new form of pain relief seems to be catching on: analgesics delivered through a medicated patch placed directly where it hurts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the country's first over-the-counter, pain-relieving transdermal patches in 2008. But the patches, marketed under the brand name Salonpas, are nothing new. They've been sold in various countries in Asia since the 1930s, according to their manufacturer, the Japanese firm Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical. "Salonpas is the Western world catching up with Asia," said Dr. Rick Rosenquist, a professor of anesthesia and director of pain medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and chairman of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' committee on pain medicine. "If you are ... Read more

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