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Mold growth prompts Nu Skin mist diffuser recall; almost 50,000 recalled in North America

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Almost 50,000 mist diffusers are now under recall by Nu Skin and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) due to potential growth of mold on the products. If mold is developed on the product, consumers with weak immune systems, damaged lungs, or an allergy to mold may become ill. The mist diffuser recall encompasses all of the Nu Skin Epoch mist diffusers comprised of a plastic bowl, glass lid and bamboo trim ring. The product is used to diffuse various essential oils and features “Nu Skin” engraved along the product’s bamboo ring. Measuring about 6.5 inches in diameter by ... Read More

Studies to investigate safety, efficacy with extended use of novel oral anticoagulants

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Long-term use of newer blood thinners for the prevention of blood clots and pulmonary embolism will be studied during two clinical trials funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors. The $6.5 million studies will investigate the safety and efficacy of long-term use of currently approved anticoagulants apixaban (Eliquis, Bristol-Myers Squibb), dabigatran (Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim), edoxaban (Savaysa, Daiichi Sankyo) and rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals) compared to the long-used warfarin. The novel oral anticoagulants in the study are indicated for a three-month treatment period to prevent blood clots, but they are often used for longer periods ... Read More

Beef recall announced by PT Farm following 14 reports of consumer illnesses

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Nearly 8,000 pounds of raw beef products produced by PT Farm LLC of North Haverhill, N.H., has been recalled after being connected to an E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the beef recall includes ground beef, ground beef patties and other sub-primal cuts of meat produced from June 6 through June 16. The ingestion of the bacterium E. coli 0157:H7 can result in a number of side effects ranging from dehydration to bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps in just two to eight days following exposure. The bacterium is also ... Read More

Invokana combination drug studied as possible obesity treatment


Combining a prescription appetite suppressant with the type 2 diabetes drug Invokana can produce significant weight loss in diabetic patients, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions. “Both of these drugs have been used singly for weight loss and have been somewhat effective, but perhaps have not met the goals that we would like to see for weight loss,” said Priscilla Hollander, MD, with Baylor Medical Center. Her study evaluated the efficacy and safety of adding 15 mg of phentermine to 300 mg of Invokana in a study involving 334 adults with type 2 diabetes ... Read More

FDA warns consumers not to use skin creams and beauty products containing mercury


Consumers should avoid skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, and lotions that contain mercury because the products may lead to serious health consequences not only for the person using it but for their family members, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Consumer Advisory. If a product contains mercury, it will be listed on the label ingredients, such as “mercurous chloride,” “calomel,” “mercuric,” “mercurio,” or “mercury.” The FDA advises consumers who see these words on their skin care products to stop using them immediately. Even if you do not see these words on the ingredients listing, that doesn’t mean the product may not contain ... Read More

Study Finds E-Cigarette Vapors Harm Oral Cells, May Promote Cancer

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Smoking e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” reduces the proliferation and viability of oral cells, suggesting an increased risk of periodontal disease and oral cancer, researchers of a study published in PLOS One found. Researcher Dr. Diana Messadi, professor of dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Medscape Medical News that the study found e-cigarettes “can be harmful to the oral cavity and should not be considered a safe alternative to tobacco smoking.” E-cigarettes and other vaping devices consist of a battery-powered heating element that atomizes the vaping fluid, which contains nicotine, propylene glycol (glycerin), and flavorings, so the user can ... Read More

Study raises questions about effectiveness of meningitis B vaccine


Questions are being raised about the effectiveness of the meningitis B vaccine after a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a third of individuals given the vaccine didn’t show evidence of antibodies to the infection. The study involved Princeton University students who were given the vaccine to combat a meningitis B outbreak on campus in 2013. The first dose of the two-dose vaccine was given in December 2013, and the second dose given in February 2014. A total of 499 students received both doses. Eight weeks after the second dose, researchers at Princeton University, the University ... Read More

Experts weigh in on lingering effects of Zika infection in infants

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Babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant who do not show signs of problems at birth could develop problems months or years later, medical experts warn. The Zika virus has been positively linked to microcephaly, a birth defect in which the infant’s head is too small. It is often associated with neurological problems. But as researchers begin to delve deeper into the mosquito-borne disease, they are finding evidence that problems could linger in babies infected in utero. “Some infants who appear initially normal, but have one of the milder forms of developmental brain problems, tend to ... Read More

Proposed global prize for kidney disease innovation would incentivize research


At the recent White House Organ Summit, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and XPRIZE, an innovative engine that believes in the power of competition and incentivization for bringing about radical breakthroughs to benefit humanity, announced their partnership in seeking to improve the quality of life for those millions of people with kidney failure. “We believe that a global competition will help create a fundamental shift in the way we treat kidney failure by incentivizing the development of a better alternative to dialysis, improving patients’ health and the quality of their lives. Research in bioengineering, matrix technology, and cell biology ... Read More

Company Contracted To Train Iraqi Police Committed Fraud, U.S. Alleges in False Claims Act Suit


The U.S. government has announced it has filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against DynCorp International, a firm contracted by the State Department to train police in Iraq. The government’s complaint alleges DynCorp knowingly allowed one of its main subcontractors to inflate the cost of a multitude of services billed to the government. The State Department’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contracted DynCorp, a subsidiary of Delta Tucker Holdings Inc., in April 2004 to provide training for civilian police forces in Iraq as well as other services needed in support of the police training operations. The U.S. ... Read More