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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.

Local woman makes hair loss solutions accessible

Here in Alabama, a Birmingham business has recognized the grave impact that hair loss has on people’s lives and is offering compassion and practical support. People find themselves in need of hair loss solutions such as wigs for a variety of reasons. Some suffer hereditary hair loss, which is associated with aging. Others have the autoimmune disorder, alopecia areata, which can begin in childhood. Many lose hair after undergoing cancer treatments. Some chemotherapy drugs, such as Taxotere, can even cause permanent baldness, leaving cancer survivors visibly facing the effects of their disease for the rest of their lives as they ... Read More

PPIs linked to progression of chronic liver disease

For years, studies have been linking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, to kidney damage such as Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN), increased risk of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI or Acute Renal Failure) and Chronic Kidney Disease, as well as many other concerning side effects. These acid reflux and heartburn drugs, available both by prescription and over-the-counter, are consumed by approximately 10 percent of the population and Americans are estimated to spend $11 billion on PPIs yearly. A new study published by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in Nature Communications is now ... Read More

More questions about the safety of J&J’s talc

In the largest Missouri talc ovarian cancer verdict, Lois Slemp was awarded $110 million by jurors who found Johnson and Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc. responsible for her ovarian cancer. There have so far been seven completed talc trials in three states, with six plaintiff wins and damages of $724 million. All of these have alleged that talc particles when used in the genital area can travel through the female reproductive tract to the ovaries where they cause inflammation that leads to ovarian cancer. Slemp’s case was different from the other talc cases, which all accuse ... Read More

Intervention works to reduce PPI overuse in hospital setting

Investigators have just published in JAMA Internal Medicine the results of an intervention that was launched in 2015 by fellows and residents at University of Chicago. Their goal was to address and reduce in the hospital setting unnecessary proton pump inhibitor infusions in patients with upper GI bleeding, lowering the cost of the care the patient receives, said Healio. “Unfortunately, PPI infusions may be continued for 72 hours without indication,” investigators wrote. “Reducing the overuse of these infusions is important because, in addition to increasing the length of stay and cost, PPI overuse is associated with various complications.” Some of ... Read More

Probiotics may improve kidney function in women with lupus

Recent studies have shown that popular stomach medicines may lead to kidney damage. For example, proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, like Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, have been shown to increase risk of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. Many who suffer from acid reflux and other digestive problems have been looking for more natural ways to treat their symptoms, such as diet changes, and often find that they have more relief from these treatments without the potential for dangerous side effects. Kidney damage can also be caused by the autoimmune disease, lupus. According to Medical News Today, as many as half ... Read More

Talc litigation turns spotlight on cosmetic product liability

Law360 recently published an expert analysis predicting that there might be a rise in cosmetic product liability claims. Although in the public eye with recent talc ovarian cancer litigation against pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson resulting in attention-grabbing verdicts totaling $724 million, there are fewer product liability claims over cosmetics and beauty products than other products and devices that are under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight. Cosmetics are historically and currently subject to less regulation than food and drugs — for example, the FDA does not test or approve products, it cannot order a mandatory recall, and manufacturers are ... Read More

Talc ovarian cancer trials have international impact

South African consumers looking for safer personal care products South African consumers are paying attention to American lawsuits and studies involving talcum powder products, according to the Huffington Post. The lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson finding the company’s talc-containing products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower responsible for the development of women’s ovarian cancer have not gone unnoticed. The verdicts have contributed to an already growing trend of consumers paying more attention to what they are putting in and on their bodies. The lawsuits have been drawing attention worldwide with verdicts totaling $724 million and juries in ... Read More

Choosing Wisely seeks to empower patients in choosing treatment, tests

Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation in conjunction with Consumer Reports that began here in the United States and has spread across the world. The ABIM Foundation is part of the American Board of Internal Medicine that works toward “advancing medical professionalism to improve health care.” Choosing Wisely’s goal is to minimize wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures. The initiative encourages dialogue between patients and health care practitioners, giving patients permission to ask medical professionals questions such as: Do I really need to have this test, treatment or procedure? What are the risks? Are there ... Read More

Stress can cause hair loss and other signs of aging

GQ online warns readers that stress takes a toll on their physical appearance, specifically their face and hair. If readers aren’t doing it for their physical, mental and emotional well-being, the magazine suggests that for the sake of vanity, they should work to reduce stress in their lives. Stress can cause your hair to fall out. It can trigger a condition known as alopecia areata, which causes bald patches, not only on the scalp but they can also appear on the beard. Alopecia can affect eyelashes, eyebrows and in severe cases can cause total hair loss all over the body. ... Read More

Judge says there will be talc trial in St. Louis this month

The next Missouri talc trial will move forward this month over defense objections, as determined by the Missouri Circuit Court for St. Louis City in a hearing held on Sept. 18, reports HarrisMartin Publishing. These talc cases center on allegations that Johnson and Johnson’s talc-containing products can cause ovarian cancer with prolonged use in the genital area. There have already been five completed trials in St. Louis with four plaintiff wins totaling verdicts of more than $300 million. In June, more than two weeks into trial, the sixth Missouri talc ovarian cancer case to go before a jury was declared ... Read More