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Health Highlights: Aug. 23, 2012

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Michael J. Fox to Return to TV

A new drug regimen has helped actor Michael J. Fox better manage the tics and tremors caused by his Parkinson's disease and he will star in a new sitcom that will premiere on NBC in fall 2013.

The network said the new show will feature Fox in a role "loosely drawn" from his real life and his Parkinson's disease will be written into the script, The New York Times reported.

NBC has committed to ordering a season's worth of the episodes, 22 in total, without making a pilot episode of the still untitled show.

Fox publicly disclosed his Parkinson's disease in 1998 and left the ABC sitcom "Spin City" in 2000 after his symptoms worsened. He then focused his efforts on securing financing for research to find a cure for Parkinson's, The Times reported.


Reumofan Products are Dangerous: FDA

Consumers should not use Reumofan dietary supplements because they could cause serious problems such as bleeding, stroke and death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium are marketed as natural remedies for arthritis and muscle pain, but the FDA says the products contain several prescription drugs that can interact with other medications and cause life-threatening side effects in some people, the Associated Press reported.

The FDA first warned consumers about Reumofan products in June, but issued a new safety alert Tuesday because it has continued to receive reports about complications associated with the products.

Reumofan products are made in Mexico by Riger Naturals and sold in the U.S. at some retail outlets, flea markets and over the Internet, the FDA said.


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Posted: August 2012