In case you missed the information regarding the recall of Tylenol, etc., here is a link to the article:
7/09/10: Over-the-counter Healthcare Products Recalled
R.C. Johnson: Twenty-one lots of over-the-counter products have been recalled by McNeil Consumer Healthcare as a follow-up to a product recall made by this company on January 15, 2010.
The products recalled on 7/8/10 were: BENADRYL® ALLERGY ULTRATAB™, Children’s TYLENOL® Meltaways, MOTRIN® IB and TYLENOL®, Extra Strength.
7/06/10: New U.S. Guideline Would Expand Bone Density Testing
Reuters: Under a new set of guidelines proposed by an influential U.S. panel, more women would be eligible for bone density tests to detect the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis.
The draft guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), sponsored by the U.S. government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, call for all women to be screened for osteoporosis starting at age 65. Women who are deemed to have higher risks could start earlier, at any age.
7/06/10: Scientists Find Blood Protein Link to Alzheimer’s
Reuters: High levels of a blood protein called clusterin are linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, scientists said on Monday – a finding which could pave the way for doctors to detect the disease before it takes hold.
Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London said that while doctors are around 5 years away from being able to use the discovery for a test to identify future Alzheimer’s sufferers, it was a big step along the way.
7/06/10: Do Video Games Cause Attention Problems in Kids?
Reuters: Long hours in front of the television, whether channel surfing or gaming, could make it difficult for kids to concentrate in school, psychologists said Monday.
…”What we don’t know at this point is why TV and video games really would cause attention problems,” said Douglas A. Gentile, who worked on the study.
…Gentile…added that too much screen time had also been linked to increased aggression and, perhaps less surprisingly, expanding waistlines.
7/06/10: Researchers Close in on Formula for Artificial Skin
NewsCore: Researchers were one step closer to creating human skin in the laboratory by developing cells that mimic the growth of our own skin cells, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
…The cells continued to grow, forming new skin on mice – and were successfully tested on 15 severely burned humans, Allen-Hoffman said. Mid-stage clinical trials were expected to begin in the next few months.
7/07/10: Chewable Lipitor for Kids Approved by European Union
Associated Press: The European Union has approved a new chewable form of cholesterol blockbuster Lipitor for children 10 and up with high levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, a type of blood fat, Pfizer said Tuesday.
…New York-based Pfizer Inc. won U.S. approval for Lipitor use in children 10 to 17 with that condition in 2002.
7/08/10: Diabetics Eye Obesity Surgery to Tame Blood Sugar
Associated Press: …found a doctor who is testing weight loss surgery on diabetics who, like herself, are merely overweight or a tad obese in an attempt to curb the chronic disease.
Scientists in recent years have discovered that diabetes all but disappears in some obese patients soon after the operation. Many were able to achieve normal blood sugar and ditch their medications.
…In gastric bypass or stomach stapling surgery, the stomach is reduced to a thumb-sized pouch that holds less food…
7/08/10: Heart Tests Add to U.S. Radiation Dose Concerns
Reuters: Heart imaging procedures can deliver a significant amount of radiation to patients, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday, urging patients and doctors to weigh the risks against the benefits.
They said nearly one in 10 adults under the age of 64 had a heart procedure involving radiation over a three-year period in five major healthcare markets.
…”For many patients in the United States, there is a substantial cumulative radiation exposure from cardiac procedures,” said Dr. Jersey Chen of Yale University School of Medicine, whose study appears in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
7/09/10: Popular Food Additive Can Cause Stomach Ache
Reuters: “Stealth fiber” increasingly added to processed foods, while not a problem for most, can cause gastrointestinal discomfort for some who may not know they’re consuming too much of it, Minnesota researchers warn. The fiber is called “inulin.”
7/09/10: Study: Chocolate Reduces Risk of Pregnancy Complications
NewsCore:Eating chocolate at least three times a week could cut the risk of pregnant women developing a condition that can threaten the lives of both mothers and babies, The London Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
Research has found that women who regularly eat chocolate are less likely to suffer from preeclampsia – one of the most common causes of complications during pregnancy.
7/09/10: FDA Review Highlights Heart Risk of Popular Diabetes Pill
Associated Press: A review by federal health scientists reinforces potential ties between the diabetes pill Avandia and heart attack and death, opening the door for government action, including a possible withdrawal of the once blockbuster drug.
The Food and Drug Administration posted an exhaustive 700-page review of the GlaxoSmithKline drug online Friday ahead of a meeting next week to review the safety of Avandia, which is used by hundreds of thousands of diabetics in the U.S.
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