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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.

Drug companies promised men ‘fountain of youth’ with testosterone drugs

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Drug maker AbbVie saw great potential in its testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel. The drug has been on the market since 1953 to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which the body does not produce enough of the hormone testosterone due to injury or disease of the pituitary gland, hypothalamus or testes. This can adversely affect sex drive and muscle mass. Low testosterone levels also occur naturally as men age, which likely started to get the minds of profit-seeking drug makers cranking. And then there was Viagra, the erectile dysfunction drug launched in 1998. Within five years it was a blockbuster drug ... Read More

Injection to treat potassium deficiency recalled due to labeling error

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Baxter International Inc., is recalling one lot of highly concentrated potassium chloride injection to treat potassium deficiency in patients because some containers are mislabeled as being of a higher concentration that the solution inside. If a lower than intended dose of potassium chloride is administered to high-risk patients prone to severe electrolyte imbalance, the results can be serious and life threatening. The recall involves one lot of Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection 10mEq per 100mL. Some containers of Product Code 2B0826, Lot Number P319160, Exp. 06/30/2015, NDC 0338-0709-48 were incorrectly labeled on the overpouch as Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection ... Read More

Discontinuation of antibiotics before dental procedures linked to increase in heart valve infection

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Cutting back on the use of antibiotics before dental work may be to blame for an increase in heart valve infection in patients in England, a new study finds. Certain dental procedures can stir up the bacteria in the mouth and cause them to enter the bloodstream, where they can travel to the heart and cause a life threatening infection known as endocarditis. The heart problem kills 10-20 percent of those infected. People with artificial heart valves and other implants are at high risk of becoming infected with endocarditis, and those with naturally leaky heart valves, called mitral valve prolapse, are ... Read More

FDA adds strongest warning to power morcellators for hysterectomies, myomectomies

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has slapped its most serious warning possible on a surgical tool used to perform hysterectomies and remove uterine fibroids because the devices can spread undetected cancer throughout the abdomen and worsen long-term survival. The warning was applied to laparoscopic power morcellators, surgical tools that are used to grind away uterine growths or entire uteruses inside the body and remove the bits through small incisions in the abdomen. Morcellation is often preferred for hysterectomies or myomectomies (removal of uterine fibroids) over open surgery because it is less invasive, offers less recovery time, and is less scarring. ... Read More

Complications with transvaginal mesh can occur years after implantation

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Women who have undergone transvaginal mesh procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can experience complications from the defective devices years after implantation. Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition in women in which muscles and ligaments supporting pelvic organs weaken, which can allow organs such as the bladder, uterus, rectum, and small bowel to slip out of place, or prolapse, into the vagina. It can cause discomfort, painful intercourse, and incontinence. Since 2004, polypropylene mesh kits have been used to lift prolapsed organs back into the correct anatomical position. Stress urinary incontinence is the ... Read More

Respironics recalls defective ventilators for adults, children, newborns

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Respironics California is recalling its Espirit V1000 and V200 Ventilators, Model V1000 and V200, installed with 3rd Generation Power Supplies and Generation Power Supply Repair Part Kits because of a defect that may cause the ventilators to shut off, which could cause the patient to receive too much carbon dioxide or not enough oxygen in the blood, and lead to death. The defective ventilators were manufactured and distributed from Dec. 21, 2012 to July 9, 2014. The 3rd Generation Power Supplies are installed in Espirit V000 andV200 Ventilators and are also sold as 3rd Generation Power Supply Repair Kits. A part ... Read More

New Ambien safety label warns of severe injury risk

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The safety label for the prescription sleep aid Ambien (zolpidem tartrate) has been updated to include a new warning for severe injuries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. “Zolpidem can cause drowsiness and a decreased level of consciousness, which may lead to falls and consequently to severe injuries,” the new warning states. “Severe injuries such as hip fractures and intracranial hemorrhage have been reported.” A 2012 study linked the commonly prescribed sleeping pill to a greatly increased risk of falls in hospital patients. The Mayo Clinic study of more than 16,000 hospitalized patients found that the fall rate among ... Read More

Patients taking experimental cholesterol-lowering drug reported fewer side effects

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An experimental cholesterol-lowering drug from a new class of medications focused on taking a bite out of the billion-dollar statin market has outperformed Zetia, the most widely used alternative to statins on the market, according to a clinical trial presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting. Alirocumab drove down LDL, or bad, cholesterol levels in study participants by 45 percent, compared to just 14.6 percent in patients who were treated with Zetia. The main drawback is that alirocumab is administered by injection once every two weeks, while Zetia and statins are take by mouth in the form of a pill. ... Read More

Dietary supplement for infants, children recalled due to fungal contamination

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Solgar, Inc. ABC Dophilus Powder, a dietary supplement for infants and children, is being recalled after testing revealed the products were contaminated with a fungus that can cause potentially dangerous infections. ABC Dophilus Powder is a supplement containing acidophilus, a bacteria that supports the healthy functioning of the intestinal system by promoting a favorable environment for the absorption of nutrients. Testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) revealed the presence of Rhizopus oryzae in 1.75 ounce (50 g) containers of Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder, which may cause Mucormycosis, a rare infection. Those at greater risk of developing ... Read More

Zetia with statin therapy can protect against heart attacks, strokes but diabetes still a risk

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Merck & Co’s cholesterol drug Zetia lowered the risk of heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients when used with statin therapy, according to a near-decade-long study. It has long been known that statins, such as top selling Lipitor, can lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death. But there have been few indications until now that Zetia, which lowers cholesterol in a different way, offers any benefit. The research is reassuring on some counts. Sales of Zetia and Vytorin, a combination of Zetia and the statin simvastatin, dropped since 2008 when smaller studies raised ... Read More