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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.

FDA slaps dietary supplement maker with long warning letter

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hit Burt D. Goulding Jr., president of Positive Power Nutrition, with a warning letter following an investigation of the company’s Murrieta, Calif., facility. The letter states the agency found the company’s nutritional and dietary supplements to be misbranded, adulterated, and in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The FDA reviewed several of the company’s products and determined that they were drugs because the labels stated that they were intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. “Introducing or delivering these products for introduction into interstate commerce for such ... Read More

Studies link steroids to psychiatric side effects

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Glucocorticoids, such as Prednisone, are some of the most prescribed medications for asthma, allergies, back pain, cancer and chronic inflammation. More than 44 million prescriptions for these steroids are written each year. But studies have linked glucocorticoids to psychiatric side effects, some of which can be alarming. A study of 80 patients who had just completed their first round of glucocorticoid therapy found that 52 percent developed one or more mood-related condition. Among these patients, 25 percent reported irritability, 11.3 percent experienced anxiety or depression, and 3.8 percent had a manic episode. Six of the patients were diagnosed with a ... Read More

FDA approves first handheld assessment tool for full spectrum of TBI

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A new handheld device that can assist in the assessment of the full spectrum of traumatic brain injury (TBI), including concussion, has been cleared for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Ahead 300 was manufactured by BrainScope in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense. It combines proprietary electroencephalography (EEG) technology, sophisticated algorithms, and machine learning with smartphone technology and a disposable electrode headset to provide rapid and objective assessment of the likelihood of TBI in patients with mild symptoms at the point of care. In addition to EEG capabilities, the Ahead 300 includes additional assessments providing ... Read More

Weight loss supplement linked to cases of manic episodes

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Aggressive marketing campaigns promoting the so-called weight loss and fat burning benefits of the dietary supplement garcinia cambogia have created a huge following, but Consumer Reports wants buyers to beware. Not only is there is little evidence that the product is effective, new reports have emerged that link the ingredient to serious psychological side effects, the publication reports. Three cases were detailed in the journal Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders in which people experienced a manic episode, a condition marked by euphoria, delusions, and over-excitement, after taking unspecified amounts of the supplement. “They all exhibited classic symptoms of mania ... Read More

Tau imaging may help diagnose CTE while patients are still alive

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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a devastating degenerative brain disease caused by the buildup of tau. This protein is produced when the brain has suffered injury, such as a concussion. Repeated head blows can trigger the production of more tau, resulting in CTE. Several former National Football League (NFL) players have been diagnosed with CTE posthumously, since the disease can only be diagnosed during an autopsy. But researchers with Mount Sinai in New York City have found that a type of imaging called tau radiotracer may be able to detect tau and enable doctors to diagnose CTE while patients are ... Read More

FDA advises dietary supplement marketers to have close relationship with manufacturers

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Dietary supplement marketers who outsource manufacturing of their products to a third party should have a close relationship with their suppliers so they can be sure the ingredients in their products are safe, legal and disclosed to consumers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised during the Rocky Mountain Dietary Supplement Forum in Bolder, Colo. “I think if you’re not going to manufacture your product alone, or formulate it, that … it would be very beneficial to have a close relationship with your supplier so you can answer questions that are going to come to you during an audit,” said Nancy ... Read More

Vitamin D may reduce diabetes risk from antipsychotic medications

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People who take atypical antipsychotics may lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by adding a vitamin D supplement to their regimen, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. Atypical antipsychotics, such as Risperidal, are used to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability with autism. They are also used off-label to treat behavioral conditions such as ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome. The medications have been linked to metabolic disturbances that can decrease insulin sensitivity, leading to weight gain and new-onset type 2 diabetes. The drugs can also increase levels of the pregnancy hormone ... Read More

New rule bars arbitration clauses in nursing home admissions contracts

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Nursing homes that receive government benefits to compensate for the care of their patients may no longer require a new resident or his family members to waive their Constitutional right to a trial by jury in the event of elder abuse, sexual harassment or wrongful death, according to a new report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “The new rules and regulation are intended to provide greater protections for one of the most helpless segments of our society, the elderly, “ said Ben Locklar, a lawyer with Beasley Allen Law Firm. “No longer may long-term care facilities force ... Read More

Health Canada places new warnings on acetaminophen due to liver injury risk

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Health Canada, the country’s regulator of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, is recommending stricter rules for the popular painkiller acetaminophen, available by prescription and over-the-counter under brand names such as Tylenol, to cut down on the risk of life threatening side effects. The new rules advise patients not to exceed the recommended dosage of four grams per day for regular-strength pills or eight tablets of extra-strength acetaminophen. The agency is also recommending that the medicine not be taken more than five days to treat pain, or three days for fever. Manufacturers of the pain killer who currently have stock of the ... Read More

Studies link prenatal exposure to Tylenol to increased risk of asthma, hyperactivity

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Pregnant women have been lead to believe that the painkiller Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a safe for developing fetuses, but two new studies show that prenatal exposure to the widely used medicine can increase the risk of asthma or hyperactivity by the time that child reaches 7 years of age. The first study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, evaluated more than 53,000 children from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study for current asthma at ages 3 and 7. Researchers also noted maternal use of acetaminophen during pregnancy. They found that women who used the pain reliever while pregnant increased ... Read More