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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.

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

FDA to review increased risk of death with long-term antiplatelet therapy

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Long-term antiplatelet therapy with another blood thinning therapy has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and the formation of blood clots in stents, but patients were at an increased risk of dying compared to patients on shorter therapy regimes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a Safety Advisory. The announcement is based on data from a clinical trial that compared long-term antiplatelet therapy of 30 months to patients on 12 months of therapy with either Plavix (clopidogrel) or Effient (prasugrel) in patients following implantation of drug-eluting coronary stents. The patients were also given dual antiplatelet ... Read More

Researchers warn energy drinks are dangerous to children

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Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster and 5-Hour Energy are not safe for children because kids 6 years old and younger have suffered seizures and heart problems after drinking the highly caffeinated drinks, a new study reveals. Researchers also warn that the drinks should be avoided by people with heart conditions because the effects could be dangerous. Researchers with Wayne State University in Detroit reviewed 5,156 calls to U.S. poison control centers from October 2010 to September 2013, focusing on ones involving energy drinks. The most common cause for the calls was because children accidentally drank an energy drink. ... Read More

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, reversed by following healthy lifestyle

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Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or even reversed with simple lifestyle changes, according to Dr. Eberhard Standl, a diabetes expert and spokesman for the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Type 2 diabetes has grown in epidemic proportions, with 400 million diabetics and another 400 million pre-diabetics around the world. The chronic disease contributes to serious health concerns including heart disease, kidney disease, dementia, amputations due to neuropathy, some forms of cancer, and blindness. The disease contributed to an estimated 5 million deaths in 2014 alone. Once known as adult-onset diabetes, type 2 diabetes now affects as many as 80,000 ... Read More

Mother concerned about Risperdal side effects

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Joelle Kendle is struggling with whether to fill the prescription her doctor has given her for Risperdal for her 6-year-old son, Matthias. He is already taking the stimulant Adderall for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but it barely controls his outbursts. Joelle is concerned about Risperdal side effects, and rightfully so. The drug has been associated with weight gain and diabetes. More recent studies have linked the drug to gynecomastia, a condition in which boys grow breasts. Risperdal, known generically as risperidone, is an antipsychotic medication that is approved in the United States to treat adults and children with schizophrenia, ... Read More

Younger women at greater risk of Mirena IUD expulsion

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Younger women who have an intrauterine device, or IUD, are at greater risk of the device expelling and of experiencing adverse effects than older women, according to a study published by the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. IUD expulsion is when the device migrates from its intended position in the cervix. The expulsion can either be complete or incomplete. Complete expulsions occur when the device comes out of the uterus and into the vagina. A partial expulsion is when the device is pushed only partly out. In both cases, a woman is at risk of becoming pregnant or experiencing even ... Read More

Judges decide not to dismiss lawsuits against generic Reglan makers

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A three-judge panel has found that failure-to-warn claims against makers of generic versions of the heartburn drug Reglan could move forward because the companies failed to update their warning labels when the brand name product’s label was changed to include new side effect warnings. The ruling affects a large number of the roughly 650 lawsuits consolidated in Middlesex County, where they were transferred from Atlantic County last month. The panel of judges wrestled with the 2011 ruling in Pliva v. Mensing that state tort claims against makers of generic drugs alleging inadequate warnings should be overridden by federal law, which ... Read More