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Johnson and Johnsons Recalls Children’s Cold Meds

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Johnson and Johnson has recalled several varieties of children’s and infant’s cold medication due to a potential risk for bacterial contamination.  Those items being recalled were made between April and June and involve almost two dozen varieties of the company’s children’s medications.  The company has contacted whole sale distributors and retailers about their intentions to recall. A B. cepacia bacterium was found in a portion of the raw material that didn’t get used in the finished product. While the bacterial contamination was found in a sample that wasn’t shipped out in its complete forms the company is recalling any shipment that could be related to that mixture as a precaution.

There is very little serious medical reaction risks involved with using these products despite the recall.  If you feel that you might have any of the products that are being recalled you can check the list of recalled products at the company’s website. There are 21 items on the recall list, most of which are liquid cold and allergy medications. You’ll need to find the lot number of the product to check if it’s being recalled, this is available on the bottom of the box or on the sticker which surrounds the bottle.

October 5, 2009 at 7:54 pm Comments (0)

Weighing in on the Risk of HPV Vaccine

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Gardasil, a vaccine intended to combat the human papilloma virus or HPV which was released in 2006, has been facing closer scrutiny of late. The four strains of HPV the vaccine protects against are linked to the development of cervical cancers and genital warts, all very serious concerns for young women but certain risks and side effects associated with the vaccine have put consumers on guard. Dizziness, headaches, fever and fainting have all been associated with the vaccine since it’s release but is it really as risky as consumers believe?

The reality is that no, there aren’t serious enough reasons to avoid getting the vaccine. In fact not getting it can be far riskier than any of the relatively mild side effects that have been reported by those who have taken it.  HPV has been on the rise in the last few decades, raising the rates of cervical and throat cancers in the young along with them. Young women who avoid receiving the vaccine are at a very high risk of being one of these women who develops these serious forms of cancer, a major cause of death in younger people.

September 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm Comments (2)

Treatment Resistant Addicts May Find New Hope in Medical Heroin

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A Canadian study’s findings may offer new hope to treatment resistant heroin addicts. According to this research long-term users who were treated with medical heroin were better able to stick to the treatment than those who relied on methadone. Rates of illegal drug use and criminal activity also decreased among the participants who had previously failed treatment programs. Offering these users who are often considered untreatable a new hop in medical heroin also offers them a better chance at survival as along with better access to doctors and nurses who can treat them they are also evading the HIV and overdose risks they face with street heroin. This benefit also stretches to the community as the costs of treating a patient with medical heroin are much cheaper than those incurred by standard methadone treatment.

About 15-25% of heroin users don’t respond well to methadone causing them to drop treatment before it’s really begun. The number of users who stayed with treatment using medical heroin was 88% versus the much smaller 54% of those using methadone. Criminal activities also shower a large difference, with methadone users’ rate of activities reducing by 48% and medical heroin users reducing by 67%. Although the drug is unlikely to be approved in the U.S, hydromorphone, a drug that produces similar results, is already in use.

September 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm Comments (0)

Smoking in the Workplace – Will Cost Your Company Money

The fact that people smoke in your company workplace should be a cause of concern for you. The fact remains that smoking increases the costs to the company. The first reason being the loss of productivity of the people working in the company, and the habit of smoking will take a little out of the man-hours allotted for work.

The second reason for escalation of costs is absenteeism. Smoking, it is estimated, is the reason behind a lot of absent employees. This could undermine the moral of other employees and once again lead to a loss of productivity and disaffection. Your company will also face the music with respect to spiraling insurance costs. The more the smokers in your company, the more the health problems! This will escalate the insurance costs by a long way.

When it comes to cost, smoking is one of the costliest of all health risks.

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August 29, 2009 at 5:30 am Comments (0)

Patients Shouldn’t Forget Aspirin Risks in the Face of Colorectal News

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While the drug has been recently connected to an increased survival rate in those with colorectal cancer its risks shouldn’t be any less regarded according to medical authorities.  Side effects such as stroke hemorrhaging, gastrointestinal bleeding and bleeding in the brain are still considered serious side effects of the drug. Experts warn against beginning an aspirin regimen without first discussing it with your doctor.  While there are benefits to using the drug the dangerous side effects should never be forgotten.

According the results of a study earlier this week patients suffering from colorectal cancer are nearly a third less likely to be killed by the condition and patients who began taking the drug shortly after being diagnosed cut the risk by almost half. While it had already been established that aspirin could reduce the occurrence of tumors in the colon, the effects of the drug on patients who already had the disease were unclear. It thought that aspirins anti-inflammatory qualities help reduce the ability of tumors to form in certain cancers.

August 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm Comments (0)

Cholesterol: A Factor in Dementia

7158418_2215ef4a6eHigher cholesterol levels in middle age even when considered borderline elevated, have been shown to increase the chance of developing Alzheimer’s 30 years later according to a study which was published in the journal of Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders. The study  considered 9,844 men and women whose glucose levels were established between 1964  and 1973 when the subjects were between 40 and 45 years of age. When reviewed between 1994 and 2007 469 had developed Alzheimer’s and 127 had contracted vascular dementia( a form of dementia caused by poor blood flow to the brain and the second most common form after Alzheimer’s).

When people with cholesterol levels beneath 200 were compared with those with levels of 240 and above it was shown that those with higher levels were 57% more likely to develop dementia 30 year later.  The results are quite terrifying when the rates of those with high or borderline cholesterol are considered, a number that is still rising and is estimated to be in the range of 100 million Americans alone.

August 11, 2009 at 11:54 am Comment (1)

Swine Flu is More Dangerous for Pregnant Women

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According to a study printed in The Lancet, pregnant women could be at a much higher risk when they contract the H1N1 swine flu. The affects of the virus are believed to travel much faster through a pregnant woman’s body and as a result can hit her much harder with complications that are four times more likely to send her to the hospital than another swine flu sufferer.  This news has prompted pregnant women to be pushed to the front of the line for the vaccine as suggested by the study.

H1N1 remains a global pandemic, which is still infecting and killing people that contract it. Over 10% of the deaths related to flu this year have been pregnant women. This trend matches up to the flu pandemics in 1918 and 1957, where pregnant women were also at a much higher risk for dying from the virus. Although the effects of H1N1 on a pregnant mother are known to be higher the risks for the virus and the vaccine for her unborn child aren’t as clear. This raises questions for many mothers whether or not they should seek the vaccine but doctors in the study stand by the belief that the benefits far out-measure the risks involved.

August 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm Comments (2)

Steroids: Good Thing Gone Wild?

The whole brouhaha about steroids has gone so widespread and over the top that it is difficult to figure out where it started and where it will end. A few posts ago, we were regaled with the baseball community’s call for reformation, but then we ask, is it really time to move on? And more importantly, perhaps, we may need to ask – can we?

Despite all the controversy surrounding it, anabolic steroids, when stripped down to the core, is basically a good thing. They are actually a class of hormones related to testosterone, and can help increase protein production at the cellular level. This, in turn, helps build up cellular tissue, especially in muscles. Medically, it is used as a therapy to speed up bone growth, bring about male puberty, and treat cancer and AIDS.

Ironically, the very properties that make it so helpful and useful for fighting disease and saving lives has placed it in a bad light. The drug that can make miracles happen is now also a temptation to go over to the “bad side”.

See the YouTube video showing ‘how much is too much?’ with steroid use.

Can we really point a finger at who is to blame? Can we really blame the athletes and the professionals who are dangled with the chance to be bigger, better and faster for taking a stab at being great? Are fans and spectators equally to blame for being partial to bigger, better and faster stars for entertainment purposes?

At some level, anyone and everyone have dreams of being the best. We can probably say that this is the ultimate goal of many; but it seems that everyone needs to reevaluate the reasons behind our dreams, as well as how we are to go about achieving them. Maybe we can make out what it is that needs to be done to get rid of what we may already call as the “steroid menace” – and then we can re-tame that good thing that has gone wild.

March 4, 2009 at 5:25 am Comments (2)