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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.

Invokana may be to blame for recurrent bladder infections resistant to treatment

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To Your Health columnist Dr. Keith Roach agreed with a reader who pointed out that type 2 diabetics who suffer from recurrent bladder infections that are resistant to treatment may want to talk with their doctors about whether their diabetes medication may be exacerbating their condition. “It is known that UTIs (urinary tract infections) can be a side effect of certain medications that work through the bladder to flush excess glucose from the system (Invokana being one example of such a medication),” the reader wrote.” “You are right that SGLT2 inhibitors, such as canagliflozin (Invokana) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga), work by ... Read More

Widow recalls husband’s painful death following tainted steroid injection

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When Colette Rybinski spoke in the courtroom, her voice was barely audible. She talked about her husband Tom, who at 55, died after receiving a steroid injection to relieve lower back pain at a medical clinic near his home in Tennessee. Shortly afterward, at a time when the pain should have been easing from his back, his head began to ache so badly that Colette had no choice but to seek medical attention. His meningitis diagnosis was confounding. How could he have contracted the deadly brain inflammation? For weeks, Colette watched as Tom’s health went from better to worse in ... Read More

New Xarelto lawsuit claims blood thinner caused bleeding death

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The children of a Louisiana woman who allegedly bled to death after taking the blood thinner Xarelto joined a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) accusing Xarelto makers Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer of failing to warn of risks associated with the drug. Terrie Toups, Duane Rochelle and Patty Buras, children of Florence Bourgeois, filed their lawsuit in Louisiana federal court, where U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon is overseeing the near-14,000 lawsuits in the multidistrict litigation against the drug companies involving bleeding risks. Xarelto, known chemically as rivaroxaban, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 and ... Read More

J&J agrees to pay $5 million over false claims with its bedtime bath products

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It took six long years, but Johnson & Johnson is finally ready to settle a class action lawsuit by a group of consumers who took issue with the company’s advertisement claims that its bedtime bath products were “clinically proven” to help babies sleep better. The consumer health care giant asked an Illinois federal judge to approve its payout of $5 million to settle the claims. The national class was certified in August and a preliminary agreement was approved by U.S. District Judge Eline Bucklo. The agreement will be final as soon as she gives the last nod. Johnson & Johnson says ... Read More

Generic version of narcolepsy drug now available

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A generic version of the narcolepsy treatment Xyrem has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but is subject to strict safety controls over prescribing and dispensing due to the risks it poses to patients. Xyrem Oral Solution contains the active ingredient sodium oxybate and is intended to treat excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy, a potentially debilitating disease, and cataplexy, a symptom of narcolepsy in which strong emotion or laughter causes a person to suffer sudden physical collapse though remaining conscious. About 70 percent of people with narcolepsy have cataplexy. Sodium oxybate is the only medication ... Read More

Kids returning to school after concussions often have vision problems

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Children who suffer concussions often experience vision problems, which, if not identified, can affect their academic performance in school, according to a cross-sectional cohort study published in the American Academy of Optometry’s journal Optometry and Vision Science. Researchers, led by Mark. W. Swanson, OD, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, analyzed records from January 2007 to October 2013 for 276 Alabama children who suffered concussions and experienced at least three concussion-related symptoms for at least 10 days. Nearly 30 percent reported academic problems following their head injury, which were primarily attributed to vision problems, hearing disturbances, and trouble concentrating. The ... Read More

Anti-anxiety drugs increase stroke risk in Alzheimer’s patients

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Anti-anxiety drugs may increase the risk of strokes in Alzheimer’s patients by as much as 20 percent, according to a study published in the journal International Clinical Psychopharmacology. The study was based on data from a nationwide register-based review conducted at the University of Eastern Finland from 2005 to 2011, involving 45,050 people who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Twenty-two percent started using anti-anxiety medication during the study. Researchers determined that the patients who were prescribed anti-anxiety medications were 20 percent more likely to have a stroke than the patients who were not prescribed the drugs. The risk was seen ... Read More

7 dietary supplements that can adversely affect heart health

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About 20 percent of Americans who take dietary supplements do so to improve their heart health, according to a report by the Council for Responsible Nutrition. But consumers shouldn’t assume that all supplements are beneficial. In fact, some can interact with medications resulting in serious cardiovascular side effects. Here’s a rundown of nutritional supplements that could should be avoided especially by people with heart disease or at risk of developing the disease: Calcium – This widely used supplement is promoted for bone health, but a recent Johns Hopkins Medicine study found that calcium supplements may cause plaque buildup in the arteries ... Read More

First Xarelto bleeding risks trial scheduled for March 2017

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The first trial in a massive multidistrict litigation of nearly 14,000 cases involving bleeding risks allegedly caused by the blood thinner Xarelto is scheduled for March, with other trials, each serving as bellwethers, slated for April and May. The first case to be tried involves that of Joseph Boudreaux, who claims he began taking Xarelto in January 2014 as a treatment for his heart condition called atrial fibrillation. About a month later, he was hospitalized for internal bleeding, resulting in multiple blood transfusions. Like the thousands of other lawsuits, Boudreaux claims that Xarelto’s makers, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and ... Read More

Fall risk, fractures more likely among elderly patients using antidepressants

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Elderly patients treated with antidepressants to treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease have nearly double the risk of having a hip fracture, and the risk remains high even four years after the initiation of therapy, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. Hip fractures are a serious injury that can be life threatening. They are even more dangerous – and prevalent – in the elderly. Multiple medications, poor vision and balance problems make older individuals more apt to trip and fall. And falls more often lead to fractures, particularly in the hip, of the elderly because their bones tend to weaken ... Read More