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Doctor suggests methods for finding relief from acid reflux without dangerous drugs

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The New York Times in a recent article titled “Pop a Pill for Heartburn? Try Diet and Exercise Instead” interviewed Dr. Jonathan Aviv, an ear, nose and throat specialist affiliated with Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York and author of “The Acid Watcher Diet.” Dr. Aviv says he realized in his mid-30s that he suffered from acid reflux. He says his book contains the knowledge that he learned in his own personal journey to manage his acid reflux and it promises to help aid in healing and prevention of the disease, enabling many who have suffered from it ... Read More

Health authorities warn against dangerous weight loss products sold online

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Singapore health authorities are warning that a dietary supplement sold through direct sales and online by Jessie Cosmetics contains dangerously high levels of banned substances that could pose a risk to consumers. Anyang Herbal Red and Anyang Herbal Blue were marketed as weight loss products and claimed to contain “100 percent natural ingredients.” Instead, the products contained the hidden drug ingredient sibutramine. Anyang Herbal Red also contained two other hidden drugs, diclofenac and phenolphthalein. Sibutramine is a stimulant that used to be sold as a weight loss product in the U.S. but was banned by the Food in Drug Administration ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver Arrested on DUI After Deadly Hit-And-Run Crash in NYC

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Port Authority police are investigating a deadly crash involving a tractor-trailer that struck a passenger vehicle on the Cross Bronx Expressway early in the morning of March 27, and kept going. Caesar Contreras, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Two women in the car with him, ages 28 and 29, were taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition. Both are expected to survive their crash injuries. The Port Authority Police Department of New York and New Jersey said the vehicles collided about 3:15 a.m. on the westbound expressway approaching the George Washington Bridge ramp, just east ... Read More

ISPs may soon be allowed to collect user data without permission

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The United States House and Senate have voted to reverse rules that require internet service providers (ISPs) to receive consumers’ permission before using certain sensitive data they obtain. The resolution, S.J. 34, reverses broadband privacy rules created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year that protect user data like browsing history from being unknowingly obtained by ISPs. It passed Congress Tuesday and now awaits a signature from President Donald Trump. Proposed by Republican Senators led by Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), the bill caused heated debate on in the Senate floor. “How can this happen? What are the rules? Is there going to be any ... Read More

Electronics Ban in carry-on luggage Could lead to Explosions, Fires In Passenger Plane cargo holds

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A sudden security ban on laptops, tablets, cameras, and most other electronics in the passenger cabins of certain direct flights to the U.S. has some airline analysts raising red flags over possible safety hazards. The ban took effect on Tuesday, March 21, and applies to nonstop inbound U.S. flights from Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Department of Homeland Security based the ban on intelligence indicating that Islamic terrorists are developing explosives that can be disguised as batteries in ... Read More

Invokana heart benefits may not outweigh other risks for patients with diabetes

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A newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors are being credited in recent studies for reducing the risk of hospitalization due to heart failure in diabetic patients, but the news doesn’t overshadow the drug’s laundry list of risks. Patients considering treatment with an SGLT2 inhibitors, such as Invokana and Invokamet, should first consider the potentially life threatening side effects. Invokana was the first SGLT2 inhibitor to hit the market in March 2013. Shortly thereafter, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that the drugs had been linked to reports of ketoacidosis, a serious condition in ... Read More

Pediatric Doctors Support Proposed Safety Bills After Fatal Chattanooga School Bus Crash

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Doctors who treated the children injured in the Chattanooga school bus crash in Tennessee last November testified before a House subcommittee Wednesday, March 23, to support three proposed bills that aim to correct some of the problems that likely contributed to the severity of the crash. According to The Tennessean, Dr. Alan Kohrt, chief medical officer at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, said the night of Nov. 21 was “the most difficult of my professional life.” Four of the 37 children aboard the school bus died at the scene. Two more children died later at the hospital, and 30 others ... Read More

Study: Pricey, preterm birth med linked to gestational diabetes, found ineffective

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A synthetic progestogen hormone commonly prescribed to pregnant women at risk for preterm birth provides no benefit and may increase the risk of the mother developing gestational diabetes, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The drug Makena, known chemically as 17-aplha hydrooxyprogesterone caproate, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 to prevent a second premature delivery in women who already had a preterm birth. The drug was approved under the FDA’s accelerated approval program based in large part to a 2003 study published in the New England Journal ... Read More

Nursing home patients should be entitled to sue over abuse, neglect

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Chrishelle Worley said she was joking when she sprayed cleaning solution into the eyes of the nursing home resident she was charged with caring for as a nursing aid. The 41-year-old man could not move or speak. Had it not been for an anonymous tip, no one would have ever known that the patient had been tortured. Worley, who pleaded guilty to patient abuse, worked at Park East Care and Rehab Center in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the same nursing home where a patient with a tracheotomy died after nursing staff twice neglected to suction out his breathing tube, federal ... Read More

Judge Declines To Toss Whistleblower Retaliation Suit Against Georgia Lottery

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A Fulton County, Georgia, Superior Court judge has denied a motion filed by the Georgia Lottery to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former executive who claims he was fired in retaliation for refusing to support falsely inflated sales projections. In his 2015 whistleblower complaint, Kenneth Knight, former vice president for financial management at the Georgia Lottery, alleges his boss and Georgia Lottery president Debbie Alford pressured him to present falsely inflated sales projections to the lottery board in an April 2014 meeting. Mr. Knight alleged that he spoke out against the false projections but that they were presented ... Read More