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Women coping with baldness recount experiences

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Some beauty trendsetters such as Allure and Style Like U are making efforts to change the mindset many have towards female baldness, proclaiming “Bald is beautiful” and allowing women to tell their stories of how they grappled with fears and their own self-perception while dealing with alopecia. Some women experience temporary baldness from chemotherapy. Some of them find their hair never grows back after taking certain cancer drugs such as Taxotere, a common treatment for breast cancer, and they have to adjust to a lifetime of baldness. Others suffer from the autoimmune disease alopecia areata. It can affect people of ... Read More

Nissan brakes blamed in collision deaths

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A Nissan’s alleged brake failure is being blamed for the death of a woman and her two young children after their vehicle was struck by an SUV. At a Hollywood intersection in 2012 in Los Angeles, California, a 74-year-old man named Solomon Mathenge crashed into the side of a minivan, killing the female driver and her two daughters, ages 4 and 6. One surviving daughter had been dropped off at school earlier that morning, CVN online reports. At first, Mathenge, who was also critically injured in the crash, was charged with manslaughter for the deaths of Hilario Cruz’s wife and children. Now, ... Read More

Lawsuit Accuses Cook Medical of False Advertising

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In a lawsuit filed by a Minnesota man, Cook Medical, Inc. is accused of false advertising regarding its IVC filter. An IVC filter (or inferior vena cava filter) is a device closely resembling a spider with a retrieval hook at its apex. The legs are needle-thin and help keep the filter anchored in place inside the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. The purpose of the device is to catch blood clots before they reach the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism. As reported by The Daily Hornet, Richard B. from Wanamingo, Minnesota, says he was injured by the Gunther ... Read More

Food Safety: Before, During and After Bad Weather

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Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning and it will likely not be the last storm of what is expected to be a busy hurricane season. Flooding and power outages frequently accompany these bad weather events, compromising the safety of food for those in a storm’s wake. Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s panhandle who are bearing the brunt of Tropical Storm Cindy may consider the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) recommendations for handling food safely following a storm or other bad weather event. Food safety during power outages: Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. ... Read More

Bodybuilding supplements can be risky

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Some bodybuilding supplements sold online and in retail stores contain steroids or steroid-like substances that are not only illegally marketed, they pose serious health risks to users, says Mark S. Miller, a regulatory review officers with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Miller led a review of hundreds of adverse event reports made to the FDA from July 2009 to December 2016 and found 35 reports of serious liver injury – some requiring hospitalization – in people who used bodybuilding supplements. In addition to liver injury, anabolic steroids have been associated with serious reactions such as severe acne, hair loss, ... Read More

Watchdogs: Playa del Rey oil field poses benzene risk

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Food & Water Watch says that greed keeps Playa del Rey open. The oil field is the site of one of three gas storage facilities in Los Angeles County, California. The Santa Monica Observer reports that concerns over leakage from the storage field has been a thorn in the side of Food & Water Watch, Ballona Institute, and some of the members of the Los Angeles City Council, namely Mike Bonin of CD11 and Paul Koretz of CD5. Every one of them are calling for a shut-down for two reasons: health and safety, and lessening climate impact. Although the Playa del Rey facility is the smallest of the ... Read More

F-16 Loaded With Ammunition Catches Fire, Pilot Ejects Safely

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An F-16 fighter jet armed with ammunition forced its pilot to eject when it burst into flames Wednesday, KPRC/NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas reports. The U.S. Air National Guard’s fighter jet was from the 138th Fighter Wing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was taking off from Houston’s Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base for a training flight the Houston Press confirmed. The pilot, who was conducting the training flight for North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, escaped unharmed and was evaluated at a nearby hospital. The crash occurred at 10:30 a.m. local time. An area within about a mile radius surrounding ... Read More

Defective catheters recalled

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Vascular Solutions Inc. is recalling several lots of Venture Catheters used in various medical procedures because of the risk of the catheter tip splitting or separating during use, which could cause patients serious and potentially deadly health consequences, according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Recall Notice. Excess material at the tip of the catheter may separate and could enter the patient’s bloodstream. This can result in adverse health consequences such as the development of blood clots, embolism of the excess material to vital organs, or death. Venture catheters are used to direct, steer, control and support a guidewire ... Read More

Dietary supplements can affect blood pressure

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Nearly a third of Americans has high blood pressure, a condition that can lead to heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, heart failure and dementia. Medication, supplements and other substances may induce or lessen the effectiveness of blood pressure lowering meds in as many as 58 percent of those with the condition, according to MPR. Since blood pressure has a significant impact on cardiovascular health, identifying medications that can cause hypertension or affect the effectiveness of blood pressure lowering drugs is essential. Three mechanisms in which medications can induce hypertension include volume retention, sympathomimetic activation, and direct vasoconstriction. Common drugs that impact ... Read More

FDA warns bodybuilding supplement makers

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to three dietary supplement manufacturers for illegally marketing bodybuilding products labeled to contain steroid and steroid-like substances that can be hazardous to users’ health. Flex Fitness/Big Dan’s Fitness, AndroPharm and Hardcore Formulations were warned by the FDA that including steroid and steroid-like products in the supplements rendered them unapproved drugs, which the FDA has not reviewed for safety and effectiveness. The FDA recommends that consumers immediately stop using over-the-counter bodybuilding products to increase muscle mass and strength that are labeled or promoted to contain steroid or steroid-like substances because they can ... Read More