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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.

Drug-free non-invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction is something few men want to talk about but in the U.S. alone ED affects approximately 30 million men, and worldwide the number rises to more than 100 million. According to Drugs.com, a large U.S. survey determined about 50 percent of men 40 to 70 years of age experience some degree of ED. The most well known and popular treatment options for erectile dysfunction are PDE5 inhibiting drugs such as Viagra and Cialis. These drugs have recently come under scrutiny as researchers have been linking them to increased risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. ... Read More

Asbestos found in makeup marketed to children

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Tween clothing store Justice, formerly known as Limited Too, is under fire as an investigation has uncovered asbestos in its makeup. WTVD, an ABC affiliate in Durham, North Carolina, worked with the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro to test samples of the store’s makeup and their results found that “Just Shine Shimmer Powder” contains four heavy metals, barium, chromium, lead, and selenium, as well as asbestos, according to Buzzfeed News. “I would treat it like a deadly poison, because it is,” Sean Fitzgerald, the director of research and analytical services at the institute said of the product, which is marketed ... Read More

Researchers study Viagra enzyme for new uses, risks

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According to Bel Marra Health, new research has shown an interesting potential new use for erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Researchers doing animal studies found that when they used sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, to coat artery-opening cardiac stents, the drug helped prevent blood vessels from closing again and cut down on blood clot formation. The tiny mesh tubes that prop up failing blood vessels can lose effectiveness over time. The specific means by which Viagra’s addition to the stents complemented their action is that the drug, by increasing the activity of certain enzymes, prevented artery walls from forming scar ... Read More

Genetic tests can reveal risk for pattern baldness

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Fox News Health ran an article by senior managing health editor Dr. Manny Alvarez about hair loss and a genetic test that can be performed to detect the tendency for androgen alopecia. “Whether you’d like to admit it or not, your appearance has a great effect on your everyday life. If your hair starts thinning or balding noticeably, you may find yourself uneasy in public and lacking confidence. Thankfully, there is a way to predict hair loss regardless of your gender and get treatment before your condition worsens,” he writes. Androgen alopecia, also known as pattern baldness, is a hereditary ... Read More

Laser effective treatment for female pattern baldness

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Women who suffer from androgenetic alopecia, or female pattern baldness, may not be aware that there are options for treatment. Pattern baldness in women is usually experienced as diffuse thinning all over the scalp, sometimes starting at the part or on the crown of the head. This disease is hereditary and caused by the actions of hormones, specifically DHT, according to the American Hair Loss Association. There is no cure but treatments can prevent further hair loss Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. There are other forms of alopecia, such as alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease; traction alopecia, ... Read More

Experts in CA trial can testify that talc causes cancer

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Decisions are still being made prior to plaintiff Eva Echeverria’s trial beginning in California, the first talc case against Johnson and Johnson to be tried in the state. The suit was scheduled to go to trial on July 10, but this week Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson has still been holding hearings that will impact the future of the trial. According to Law360, on Monday, Judge Nelson reversed a tentative ruling she had written the week before saying that she would partially deny co-defendant Imerys Talc America’s motion for summary judgment. Instead she dismissed Echeverria’s claims against the ... Read More

Rare alopecia permanently damages follicles

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Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. The most common form of alopecia is androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness. This hereditary hair loss affects both men and women and is progressive. Alopecia areata is also fairly common. It is an autoimmune disorder that causes patchy hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes other areas of the body. Traction alopecia is caused by hair styles that pull excessively on the hair shafts and damage hair follicles. A more rare form of hair loss is called cicatricial alopecia, or scarring alopecia. This actually refers to many different types of hair ... Read More

Is talc toxic in makeup? Answer is likely no

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Beauty site Byrdie knows that many of its readers are concerned about the safety of talc considering the media attention recent verdicts against Johnson and Johnson have received. The company is being sued by thousands of women who claim their ovarian cancer was caused by use of Johnson and Johnson’s talc containing products, Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene. Four trials over the past year and a half led to plaintiff wins with damages of more than $300 million. We recently reported that a toxicology and pharmacology expert who testified at all of the talc trials ... Read More

200 percent increase in recurring C. diff infections

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Researchers from Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine discovered that recurring C. difficile is on the rise. This deadly disease had a 200 hundred percent increase in annual incidence in an 11-year period. According to the CDC, Clostridium difficile (or C. difficile) infection, or “deadly diarrhea,” caused about half a million illnesses in one year, and one in 11 people age 65 or older died within a month of being diagnosed with the disease. The disease caused 29,000 deaths in one year and costs the nation’s health care system an estimated $5 billion. C. difficile is known as a health care-associated ... Read More

First California talc trial scheduled to start today

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Today the first California talc trial is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles Superior Court. Plaintiff Eva Echeverria’s suit was chosen as the first of hundreds filed in the state and consolidated into a complex litigation to go to trial because Echeverria, who has ovarian cancer, has been diagnosed with only six months to live. She alleges that her cancer was caused by years of using Johnson and Johnson’s talc products, such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower according to instructions for feminine hygiene. Besides Johnson and Johnson, also named as a defendant in the lawsuit is Imerys ... Read More