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Amanda Burbank

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Amanda J. Burbank is a poet, writer and editor. She's had a number of pieces published in a variety of places, from local papers and magazines to online blogs to literary magazines. She's worked on the other side of the profession as well, from beta reading for multiple aspiring novelists to assisting a literary agent to working as an editor herself. She's also worked as a teacher, homeschooling her three children for three years, learning with them as they were continually, joyously discovering. She graduated from Huntingdon College with a bachelor of arts majoring in English and Psychology. She and her husband and children live in Wetumpka, Alabama.

Clinical study supports effectiveness of non-drug treatment for infant acid reflux, Safe alternative to PPIs

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A new clinical study looks at the effectiveness of the Bare Air-Free feeding system as a non-drug treatment for infant acid reflux by tracking the changes in acid reflux (or GER) symptoms in 122 infants over a two-week period. The infants were divided into a control group with typical GI functioning and a GER group that had clinically significant ratings of GER symptoms based on the Infant- GER Questionnaire (I-GERQ). The researchers found that not only did the Bare Air-Free reduce clinical symptoms in the GER group, 75 percent of the babies in that group no longer met the clinical ... Read More

Scalp cooling devices good news for Taxotere users worried about risk of permanent hair loss?

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In an editorial accompanying two separate studies on scalp cooling devices, both published online Feb. 14 in JAMA Oncology, Dawn L. Hershman, MD, from the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York City speaks about quality of life for individuals with cancer. The scalp cooling devices are designed to help to prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia (hair loss) by reducing blood flow to the scalp and thus the amount of chemotherapy delivered to the hair follicles. She said that “[o]ne of the strongest deterrents for a woman who is deciding whether to undergo chemotherapy is concern about alopecia.” ... Read More

Getting to the root cause of various types of hair loss

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The Kashmir Monitor encourages readers who are experiencing hair loss to make themselves aware of the various causes. “The key to finding a solution to thinning hair or baldness is determining the root of the problem and seeking treatment accordingly,” the article states. The article lists 10 different possible reasons that a person might be suffering from hair loss, and treatments when applicable. Some of the causes were purely physical, such as thyroid disorders and nutrient deficiencies, in which getting your hormones or your diet back in balance will allow your hair to start growing again. The article warns readers ... Read More

Viagra being studied in pregnant women; is it safe?

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Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have conducted an initial trial of Viagra as a treatment for early intrauterine growth restriction, according to Counsel and Heal. In this rare condition, the placenta does not supply enough nutrients to the fetus which results in premature delivery or stillbirth. Treatment options for this condition are limited. Scientists wondered if sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, which works by increasing blood flow, might be able to increase the flow of nutrients to the fetus. According to Dr. Kenneth Lim of B.C. Women’s Hospital, the results of the small initial study were promising ... Read More

Ethicon loses appeal in $3 million pelvic mesh verdict

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Johnson and Johnson unit Ethicon is unhappy with and petitioning against the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision to uphold a $3.27 million jury verdict in the second Ethicon pelvic mesh bellwether trial. This was the first of the 31,676 lawsuits to go to trial in the New Jersey multidistrict litigation against Ethicon related to the mesh devices. The trial, which concluded on Sept. 5, 2014. involved plaintiffs Jo and Allen Huskey, who alleged that because of a design defect in Mrs. Huskey’s TVT-O sling she experienced severe pain. The sling had eroded and surgery could not completely remove ... Read More

Educate yourself on preventable forms of hair loss

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Some forms of hair loss, like male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia, are caused by hormones and genetics. Others like alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease, can be unexpectedly brought on by great stress. But there are other kinds of hair loss that are completely preventable. Knowridge Science Report says that traction alopecia is one of these, and one-third of African American women is estimated to suffer from this preventable form of hair loss. Researchers recently published results of a review of 19 studies on traction alopecia online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. They urge ... Read More

Common drugs’ link to kidney damage should be taken seriously, say study authors

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Last month Knowridge Science Report warned its readers about the serious kidney damage that has been linked to proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, used to treat heartburn, ulcers and acid reflux. The site reports that more than 15 million Americans are prescribed these drugs, which include the name brands Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec. They are also available over-the-counter to countless more. Knowridge references two recent studies. One published in February 2016 in the Journal of the American Medical Association by researchers at Johns Hopkins University compared PPIs to another common type of heartburn treatment, H2 receptor blockers such as ranitidine or ... Read More

Talc industry influenced regulatory agencies’ public opinion of talc safety, lawyers claim

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The first talc trial of the new year is underway in Missouri and Law360 is closely following the proceedings. Johnson and Johnson and talc provider Imerys Talc America are being sued by Nora Daniels, who blames Johnson’s Baby Powder for the ovarian cancer she developed after years of using it for feminine hygiene. Last year St. Louis courts held Johnson and Johnson responsible in three similar cases, ordering the company to pay damages of nearly $200 million. Imerys was also found liable in the most recent of the three trials. According to Law360, in the opening arguments the plaintiffs’ attorney ... Read More

Non-surgical hair replacement option using 3D print technology, one choice for alopecia sufferers

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For those who find themselves in long-term need for a hair loss solution, such as individuals with alopecia or cancer survivors like a recent blogger at A Head of Our Time who took chemotherapy drug Taxotere and found that her drug-induced hair loss was irreversible, there are options besides daily donning a wig for the rest of their lives. “I have no doubt that, had I been told that Taxotere had a chance of permanent baldness, I would have selected Taxol. I know this because I have notes asking four different doctors the difference between the two. And I was ... Read More

Cosmetics trade group named as defendant in J&J talc ovarian cancer cases

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Named as a defendant in some of the more than 70 cases that are consolidated in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging a link between talc use for feminine hygiene and ovarian cancer is a non-profit cosmetics trade association. The association is, according to plaintiffs’ attorneys leading the MDL, largely funded by industry, including Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, which supplies talc to J&J. Law360 reports that the Personal Care Products Council has filed a motion to dismiss allegations against it, saying that its lobbying and public relations activities are protected by the First Amendment. “This motion by the ... Read More