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Drug Recalls Put Spotlight on Drug Supply Chains

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:53

Nearly 8 out of 10 medications Americans take have some component made abroad, largely in developing industrial powers China and India.

Don't Give Infants Honey-Filled Pacifiers: FDA

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:44

The agency issued the warning after receiving reports of four infants in Texas who were hospitalized with botulism after using pacifiers containing honey.

Nearly 1 in 12 U.S. Kids Has a Food Allergy

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:15

Childhood food allergies are relatively common and should be taken seriously, with 1 in 5 having a reaction that takes them to the emergency room every year.

Secondhand Pot Smoke Found in Kids' Lungs

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:15

New research has found evidence of secondhand marijuana smoke exposure in nearly half of children whose parents smoke the drug.

New Therapy A Breakthrough Against Peanut Allergy?

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 17:15

After nine to 12 months of treatment, two-thirds of people in a new study were able to tolerate the equivalent of two peanuts per day, and half the patients tolerated the equivalent of four peanuts.

Study: Vapers May Prompt Smokers to Quit

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 17:15

Smokers who regularly spent time with e-cigarette users (vapers) were about 20 percent more likely to be highly motivated to quit and to have made a recent quit attempt, a new study finds.

Do You Clean Your Baby's Pacifier With Your Mouth?

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:15

A parent sucking on a pacifier was linked to suppressed levels of an antibody related to allergic responses in their infant, researchers report.

FDA Hopes to Spare Dogs in Veterinary Drug Trials

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:15

Under a new plan, the FDA hopes to make obsolete a certain type of drug trial that requires that the test dogs be euthanized.

High-Obesity States Have Least Weight-Loss Surgery

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 13:15

People with the greatest need for weight-loss surgery -- the standard of care for severe obesity -- may have the least access and opportunity to receive treatment, a new study suggests.

Here's More Evidence Obesity Can Shorten Your Life

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 13:15

Being statistically obese, but not simply overweight, was tied to a 27 percent increase in the odds of dying within the study period, according to new research from Boston University.

First Brand Named in Turkey Salmonella Outbreak

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:04

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and other regulatory agencies have not released the names of any other companies involved.

Pets Can Double as Asthma Antidote

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 09:15

Raising a baby in a household with dogs and cats may offer some protection from developing allergies and asthma, health experts suggest.

'Huffing' Deodorant Cost One Teen His Life

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 19:15

To highlight the continued dangers of huffing, Dutch physicians outline the tragic case of a 19-year-old who died after inhaling spray deodorant to get high.

CDC: 1 in 5 U.S. High School Students Now Vapes

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:15

Between 2011 and 2018, the number of high school teens who started vaping, as e-cigarette use is called, increased from 220,000 (1.5 percent) to just over 3 million (20.8 percent), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tick-Borne Diseases Set U.S. Record in 2017

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:02

The 2017 increase mirrors a rise in tick-borne diseases reported in the United States. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of cases doubled, and researchers discovered seven new tick-borne disease-causing germs.

FDA to Limit Flavored E-Cigarettes, Ban Menthol

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:45

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it will limit or ban access to flavored e-cigarettes, menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

Some Diabetes Drugs, Higher Amputation Risk Linked

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:15

People on sodium-glucose cotransporter2 (SGLT2) inhibitors were twice as likely to require a lower limb amputation as people taking another type of diabetes medication, Scandinavian researchers have found.

Climate Change Could Move Ragweed Season North

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:15

Climate change may push ragweed – the plant that triggers hay fever – farther north in the United States in the next 35 years, scientists say.

Does Your Turkey Have Salmonella? Assume It Does

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:55

Consumer Reports this week urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to name the brands and raw turkey products that have made 164 people sick in 35 states since November 2017.

Like Coffee? You May Be Genetically Wired That Way

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:15

In a study of more than 400,000 people, researcher found that the more sensitive people are to the bitter taste of caffeine, the more coffee they drink. The sensitivity is caused by a genetic variant.