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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.

Pharmacist Association lists 6 unnecessary or harmful common practices

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) in partnership with the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign has issued a list of evidence-based recommendations called Six Things Pharmacists and Patients Should Question. In 2016 Canadian pharmacists were enlisted to submit suggested recommendations of unnecessary tests and treatments that they felt needed attention. An expert committee reviewed these submissions to create a final evidence-based list. The list identifies a variety of commonly used treatments, practices, or therapies that are often initiated or continued even in medically unnecessary situations. In light of this and the fact that they could be potentially harmful to patients these six ... Read More

Science supports aloe vera root as aphrodisiac, alternative to ED drugs

With common treatments for erectile dysfunction such as Viagra and Cialis being linked to a deadly danger like increasing risk of aggressive skin cancer, melanoma, many men are looking for more natural, safer alternatives for improving their sexual health. They are looking for treatments with less side effects. Some side effects of Viagra include rashes, hypotension, facial flushing, urinary tract infection. back pain, nasal congestion, blurred vision, suicidal tendencies, mental disorders and dilation of the blood vessels. The Nigerian Tribune reports that researchers Joseph O. Erhabor and MacDonald Idu, both of the University of Benin, have just published in the ... Read More

Judge upholds $110 million talc verdict, plaintiff proves jurisdiction

We previously reported that the estate of talc plaintiff Jacqueline Fox asked a Missouri court of appeals to reconsider its decision to overrule the $72 million verdict against Johnson and Johnson which was awarded last February. The appeals’ court’s decision was based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bristol Myers Squibb ruling from this June, which changed the standards for establishing personal jurisdiction for plaintiffs filing out of their home states. The estate of Alabama resident Fox contested that they should be allowed to re-argue for jurisdiction under the new law, as they have new evidence establishing personal jurisdiction in Missouri. ... Read More

Taxotere MDL maintains rapid growth, lawsuits over permanent hair loss

This summer we reported that the Taxotere federal multidistrict litigation had grown from 33 lawsuits to more than 1,000 in just a little more than seven months. Now six months later, the litigation has continued to see dramatic increase. More than another 1,000 suits have been added to the MDL, with a total of 2,304 claims as of Nov. 15, 2017, according to the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. MDL -2740 Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation under U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt was established in the Eastern District of Louisiana in October of last year. The federal ... Read More

Is erectile dysfunction only a problem for aging men?

Men’s Health reports that erectile dysfunction (ED) is not just a problem for older men, and one startup business is marketing and selling sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, to younger guys in their 20s and 30s. Besides sildenafil, Hims sells a variety of products for hair and skin, addressing issues such as male pattern baldness and adult acne. According to its website, the Hims Mission is to “create an open and empowered male culture that results in more proactivity around health and preventative self-care.” “The fact that you’re struggling with [erectile dysfunction] has no reflection on you as a ... Read More

Acknowledgement of PPI risks is decades late, researchers say

In a letter published in Gut, Norwegian researchers comment on two recent studies linking the use of acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, to gastric cancer. Hong Kong researchers published findings in early November that long-term PPIs use, even after Helicobacter pylori eradication therapy, is still associated with an increased risk of gastric cancer. At the same time a Swedish study reported incidence of gastric cancer to be linked to long-term PPI use. In their letter titled, “Proton pump inhibitors and gastric cancer: a long expected side effect finally reported also in man,” Professor Helge Lyder Waldum, Department of Clinical ... Read More

Children’s book about bald princess is gift to kids with alopecia and cancer

Yahoo Lifestyle features a unique children’s book that was self-published on Amazon this October. Rosaria Calafati, the author, says, “My experience with children and my experience [with cancer] is what started it all.” The breast cancer survivor, who underwent a lumpectomy and lost her hair to chemotherapy in 1997, is a mother of six and a full-time nanny. Calafati’s hair grew back after cancer treatment, but not all cancer patients are so lucky. Some drugs, such as Taxotere, which is used to treat breast and other cancers, can leave survivors permanently bald. Women and children with autoimmune disorder alopecia areata ... Read More

Recreational use of Viagra poses danger to partiers

Sky News reports that Viagra is being used recreationally by younger men. Viagra is becoming a part of the party culture and used to counteract the effects of alcohol and other drugs. Men younger than 35 are becoming psychologically dependent on Viagra use when they have no physiological reasons for turning to erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs, the news agency reports. “No matter how I’m feeling, what’s going through my head, or how attracted to the woman I’m with, it makes no difference. Now, if I know I’m due to see a woman, I discreetly take two pills beforehand,” Daniel Atkinson ... Read More

Tips for managing heartburn symptoms this Thanksgiving

The week of Thanksgiving is the 18th Annual GERD Awareness Week. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is very common, affecting millions of Americans. Its most common symptom is heartburn, specifically heartburn that occurs multiple times a week, is severe enough to wake a person from sleep, or occasional heartburn that is associated with difficulty swallowing or has persisted for five or more years. Another common symptom is acid regurgitation. Other less common symptoms include belching, difficulty or pain when swallowing, sudden excess of saliva, dysphagia (the sensation of food sticking in the esophagus), chronic sore throat, laryngitis, inflammation of the gums, ... Read More

Thanksgiving week is also GERD Awareness Week

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is most commonly associated with symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux and it affects millions of Americans. It occurs when the barrier between the stomach and esophagus is compromised and the stomach’s contents flow back into the esophagus. It can cause tissue damage to the lining of the esophagus and can increase risk of a pre-cancerous disease called Barrett’s esophagus. Perhaps appropriately, the week when most Americans are likely to overeat as they celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast of turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, numerous casseroles and slices of pie, Nov. 19-25, 2017 is GERD Awareness ... Read More