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.

Kidney disease: how what you’re consuming affects kidney health

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide epidemic. Twenty-six million American adults have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk. Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S. The life-threatening disease is known to be associated with high blood pressure and diabetes. Because of its link to diabetes, researchers in the Netherlands decided to study the impact of diet on kidney function, as a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables has been associated with lower risk of diabetes. For five years, the researchers checked kidney function by monitoring the estimated glomerular filtration ... Read More

Opinion: J&J may have a hard time overcoming personal jurisdiction in Missouri

In light of Missouri trial Judge Rex M. Burlison upholding the May 2016 verdict of $110 million in favor of plaintiff Lois Slemp, finding that although she is a Virginia resident her case meets the jurisdictional standards laid out by the U.S. Supreme Court, Law360 addresses the potential future of talc trials in Missouri. The Supreme Court ruled in June in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, effectively changing the previously functioning rules for establishing personal jurisdiction for out-of-state plaintiffs. The trial that had been underway for two weeks on behalf of three women who died of ovarian ... Read More

Natural remedies for hair loss can’t help Taxotere users

Everyone loses some hair, with the loss of 74 to 100 old hairs per day being normal as hairs reach the end of their four- to six-year lifespan. However, some people experience excessive hair loss. This can be caused by autoimmune disease alopecia; damaging hair treatments and styles; side effects of medications such as chemotherapy; as well as changes such as pregnancy, stress, and weight loss. Health issues such as some vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disease, liver malfunction, and even high blood pressure can also have an effect on your hair, causing unwanted excessive loss. For those who might be dealing ... Read More

Experts explain science linking talc to ovarian cancer

In light of the thousands of lawsuits pending against Johnson and Johnson and talc-supplier Imerys claiming that prolonged genital use of talc-containing products caused women’s ovarian cancer, Law360 had experts explain some of the details of where talc science is today. Epidemiology, the discipline that is most often used to try to prove that a substance causes a disease, is the study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations. There are several study designs. Randomized clinical trial The “best” study, a randomized clinical trial, which is used to study drugs, isn’t ... Read More

Study warns against PPI use for people with cystic fibrosis

Researchers at the University of Florida have linked acid reducing proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, such as Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, to another risk. They are already under fire for links to kidney disease and kidney failure. The manufacturers of these drugs are being sued by many patients with serious kidney injuries who allege “negligence, design defect, failure to warn, fraudulent concealment, warranty claims and loss of consortium” as the cause of action against defendants. The popular drugs have also been linked to increased risk for gastric cancer, stroke, heart attack, dementia, C. difficile infections, and bone fractures. The new ... Read More

Tobacco company delays in admitting fault mirror talc litigation

According to Vox, the tobacco companies are finally being forced by a federal court to follow through with the 2006 ruling by US District Judge Gladys Kessle that the companies pay for ads on national television and in newspapers admitting not only the dangers of smoking but also that they tried to make smoking more addictive, among other confessions. For 11 years, Big Tobacco has dragged its feet on complying with the ruling, filing appeals and employing other delays. The strategy of “deny, deny, deny” feels familiar. There have so far been seven completed talc trials in three states, with ... Read More

What causes female hair loss? How can I protect my hair?

The public is very familiar with hereditary hair loss known as male or female pattern hair loss. They are similarly familiar with hair loss as a result of cancer treatment, although it is less common knowledge that certain chemotherapy drugs, Taxotere for example, can cause permanent rather than temporary baldness. Other causes of hair loss such as autoimmune disorder alopecia areata are becoming more discussed in the public forum. Hair loss does not only affect men. The American Hair Loss Association says, “Mistakenly thought to be a strictly male disease, women actually make up forty percent of American hair loss ... Read More

Mother and daughter embrace female baldness in beautiful photo shoot

In a recent Human Interest story, PEOPLE Magazine featured a mother and daughter whose photos have captured the internet’s heart. “They are two of the most beautiful people I’ve met, inside and out,” said Kellie, of Kellie Rose Photography, who is responsible for the joyous photographs. “They are here to show everyone that BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!” Seven-year-old Rose Tavenner developed autoimmune disease alopecia a few years ago. Alopecia areata affects 147 million people worldwide according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. The symptoms often first appear in childhood. This hair loss disease is caused when the immune system attacks hair follicles. ... Read More

Issues of hair loss, excess hair growth affect women physically, psychologically

More and more women have been speaking out about hair loss disorders such as autoimmune disease alopecia, or the permanent baldness that they experience as a result of chemotherapy drugs such as Taxotere. Many of these women are boldly showing the world their bald heads and discussing issues of acceptance, both self-acceptance and the hope to overcome the social stigma that is still associated with female baldness. They are discussing the psychological consequences of their experiences. Movements such as “See Us In September” gave these women unity and encouraged open dialogue in public forums about the impact of living with ... Read More

UK men to get Viagra without prescription

Last week the UK announced that it would make Viagra available over the counter. It is the first country where men will be able to obtain the erectile dysfunction drug without a prescription. Men should be able to purchase Viagra Connect in pharmacies in the spring of 2018. It is hoped that this move will counteract the proliferation of illicit counterfeit ED drugs, which are unregulated and often contain dangerous ingredients. According to Pharmaceutical Processing, the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has reclassified Viagra Connect, which comes in a dose of 50mg and in a maximum pack size ... Read More