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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

Health authorities warn against dangerous weight loss products sold online

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Singapore health authorities are warning that a dietary supplement sold through direct sales and online by Jessie Cosmetics contains dangerously high levels of banned substances that could pose a risk to consumers. Anyang Herbal Red and Anyang Herbal Blue were marketed as weight loss products and claimed to contain “100 percent natural ingredients.” Instead, the products contained the hidden drug ingredient sibutramine. Anyang Herbal Red also contained two other hidden drugs, diclofenac and phenolphthalein. Sibutramine is a stimulant that used to be sold as a weight loss product in the U.S. but was banned by the Food in Drug Administration ... Read More

Invokana heart benefits may not outweigh other risks for patients with diabetes

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A newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors are being credited in recent studies for reducing the risk of hospitalization due to heart failure in diabetic patients, but the news doesn’t overshadow the drug’s laundry list of risks. Patients considering treatment with an SGLT2 inhibitors, such as Invokana and Invokamet, should first consider the potentially life threatening side effects. Invokana was the first SGLT2 inhibitor to hit the market in March 2013. Shortly thereafter, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that the drugs had been linked to reports of ketoacidosis, a serious condition in ... Read More

Study: Pricey, preterm birth med linked to gestational diabetes, found ineffective

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A synthetic progestogen hormone commonly prescribed to pregnant women at risk for preterm birth provides no benefit and may increase the risk of the mother developing gestational diabetes, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The drug Makena, known chemically as 17-aplha hydrooxyprogesterone caproate, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 to prevent a second premature delivery in women who already had a preterm birth. The drug was approved under the FDA’s accelerated approval program based in large part to a 2003 study published in the New England Journal ... Read More

Nursing home patients should be entitled to sue over abuse, neglect

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Chrishelle Worley said she was joking when she sprayed cleaning solution into the eyes of the nursing home resident she was charged with caring for as a nursing aid. The 41-year-old man could not move or speak. Had it not been for an anonymous tip, no one would have ever known that the patient had been tortured. Worley, who pleaded guilty to patient abuse, worked at Park East Care and Rehab Center in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the same nursing home where a patient with a tracheotomy died after nursing staff twice neglected to suction out his breathing tube, federal ... Read More

FDA approves first drug for rare form of skin cancer

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first medication to treat a rare but aggressive form of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers, but MCC is rare with only about 1,600 people in the U.S. diagnosed each year. It usually appears as a flesh-colored or bluish-red nodule most often seen on the face, head or neck. Most patients with MCC are diagnosed with localized tumors that can be treated with surgical resection, but about half of them will experience a recurrence and the disease will spread in more ... Read More

J&J unfazed by growing number of Risperdal lawsuits

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Lawsuits pending in a mass tort in Pennsylvania involving disfiguring side effects allegedly caused by the antipsychotic drug Risperdal have grown by nearly 40 percent from 2015, and the number is expected to climb higher. The thousands of people suing Risperdal makers Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals claim the drug company knew Risperdal could cause adolescent boys to grow female-like breasts, but failed to warn consumers or their doctors. The drug companies have already lost a handful of trials totaling about $75 million in verdicts, one of which was a $70 million verdict in favor of a Tennessee ... Read More

Phillips recalls faulty heart defibrillator / monitor

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Phillips Healthcare is recalling the HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator used to pace slow heart beats or deliver lifesaving electrical shocks to people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest, because of an electrical issue that may prevent the device from operating properly. The issue affects 47,362 defibrillators, which were distributed nationwide from Feb. 12, 2004, to Nov. 4, 2016. The following model numbers are affected: M3535A (M3535ATZ) M3536A (M3536ATZ), M3536M, M3536MC, M3536M2, M3536M4, M3536M5, M3536M6, M3536M7, M3536M8, M3536M9. The device consists of electrodes that are attached to the patient and then connected to the device to help it analyze a patient’s heart rhythm. ... Read More

Doctors should educate patients about potential risks of dietary supplements

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News of a healthy 18-year-old Ohio student who died due to an acute cardiac arrhythmia from an unintended overdose of caffeine prompted the American Academy of Family Physicians to publish an editorial to address physicians’ safety concerns regarding dietary supplements. The student athlete had ingested a small amount of a powdered caffeine product to improve his athletic performance. What he didn’t realize is that caffeine powder is extremely potent. His one-teaspoon dose was the equivalent of 30 cups of strongly brewed coffee. The effects were detrimental to the boy’s health. He isn’t the only person to fall victim of this ... Read More

Female athletes more likely to suffer repeated concussions

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Collegiate athletes who have suffered a previous concussion were three times more likely to have another concussion compared to athletes who had never had one, according to a study conducted from researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The study also found that female collegiate athletes were more likely than their male counterparts to have a concussion, both overall and in gender-comparable sports. Much of the concussion research has focused on male sports, such as football. Researchers set out to determine whether female athletes had similar risk with head injuries. Their analysis involved more than 1,000 athletes, ... Read More

Group of consumers argue that homeopathic flu remedy is nothing more than sugar pill

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A group of people are suing Boiron, the world’s largest manufacturer of homeopathic products, claiming the company misled the public about the benefits of its flu remedy when it is nothing more than a sugar pill. The lawsuit was filed in 2013 by lead plaintiff Christopher Lewert, and alleges Boiron misrepresented the health benefits of Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic medicine that claims to treat flu-like symptoms. The lawsuit claimed that because the drug does not relieve flu symptoms, the company is in violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act. In June, however, a federal jury found that ... Read More