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.

Men taking Viagra should protect their skin from too much sun due to increased risk for melanoma


Men who take the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra should protect their skin from too much sun and have routine skin checks for melanoma and other skin cancers, says Dr. Hensin Tsao with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. Tsao’s advice comes on the heels of a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that shows that men used the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra were 84 percent more likely to develop melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, over a 10-year period compared to men who did not use the drug. The study also found that the risk remained high in men who had ... Read More

Feds want to limit prescribing of testosterone replacement drugs


The indication for testosterone replacement treatments should be scaled back so that fewer men are prescribed them because the drugs do little to counter the signs of aging, a federal advisory panel announced. The group voted 10-1 to recommend that the prescribing language on testosterone supplements be revised to make it clear that the drugs have not been shown to reverse common symptoms of aging such as low libido, muscle loss, weight gain and fatigue. The new wording would limit the drug only for men who have abnormally low hormone levels due to disease or injury. Testosterone levels typically drop ... Read More

Erectile dysfunction drug Strenda given new ‘fast acting’ status by FDA


Auxillium and Vivus’ erectile dysfunction drug Strenda has been granted a new designation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that may help it compete against the dominating pills in the market, Pfizer’s Viagra and Eli Lilly’s Cialis. Strenda has been granted “fast-acting” status, allowing the pill to be taken just 15 minutes before sex, instead of 30 minutes as previously stated on its label. Comparatively, Cialis must be taken daily while Viagra must be taken one to two hours before sex. Strendra contains the active ingredient avanafil, which is in a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase inhibitors. Other drugs in ... Read More

Documentary shows stark reality of kidney disease, particularly for high-risk African Americans


African Americans are at an increased risk of kidney disease, and retired videographer Ron Minor wants people to know that lifestyle changes can literally help save lives. Minor, who had a kidney transplant five years ago, created a documentary titled, “I Didn’t Know,” that takes a stark look at the challenges a person with kidney disease faces, from dialysis to kidney transplants, with many people dying while waiting on a kidney. Minor draws a line between the obesity epidemic in America and high rates of related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease among African Americans – all factors ... Read More

Crest to remove plastic beads from its popular toothpastes

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Dental hygienist Trish Walraven was baffled when she kept noticing tiny bits of plastic embedded in her patients’ gums during dental cleanings. So she asked what toothpaste they were using and made a startling discovery. The patients were using popular Crest toothpaste, which is formulated with tiny bits of plastic called polyethylene designed to help scrub teeth clean. However, dentists say the beads can get trapped under people’s gums and lead to gum disease. These polyethylene microbeads are approved as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are used in a variety of commercial products, including skin ... Read More

Artificial sweeteners may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes


Using artificial sweeteners may disrupt the way the body handles sugar, increasing the risk of diabetes for some people, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The research, conducted primarily on laboratory animals, suggests that artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, Equal and NutraSweet, can change the bacteria that normally resides in the gut. When this happens, it disrupts how the body handles sugar in the diet, which can lead to increased blood sugar levels, a condition called glucose intolerance, which is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. Researchers say that it is too early to caution people ... Read More

Anti-abuse drug sickens hundreds of children each year

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Medical safety specialists are concerned at the growing number of young children who are sickened or die from accidentally swallowing a relative’s prescription for a medication used to treat opioid drug addiction. For every 100,000 patients who are prescribed buprenorphine, 200 children are hospitalized – a rate more than four times higher than the second-most accidentally ingested medication, blood pressure mediation. The research is published in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics. Buprenorphine is a narcotic much like the drugs it is designed to help patients wean off, such as heroin or prescription painkillers. While it can produce typical ... Read More

Federal officials crack down on Phillips’ Colon Health for making unsupported claims

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Bayer’s dietary supplement Phillips’ Colon Health is making unsupported claims that it can prevent diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating but the company does not have reliable scientific evidence to support those claims, according to the Department of Justice. Federal officials took aim at Bayer in a motion filed last week, referencing the company’s multimillion dollar marketing campaigns using both print and television advertisements featuring “the Colon Lady,” who asks people about their colon health. As a result, consumers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on Phillips’ Colon Health, the motion claims. The government’s crackdown on Bayer stems from a ... Read More

FDA recalls potassium chloride injection due to labeling error


Baxter International, Inc., is recalling one lot of potassium chloride injection because the drug packaging may contain units of gentamicin sulfate instead. Potassium chloride injection is used to treat potassium deficiency. Gentamicin sulfate is an antibacterial drug. This labeling error could result in a medication error or delay in therapy for patients who require high concentration of potassium chloride, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The recall involves Lot #P318220, NDC # 0338-079-48 of potassium chloride Injection 10mEq per 100mL, with the product code 2B0826. Shipping cartons labeled for this specific lot number of potassium chloride injection may contain units ... Read More

Lawsuit filed against Pfizer related to testosterone replacement drug

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Pfizer’s testosterone replacement treatment Depo-Testosterone has become the subject of lawsuits questioning the safety and efficacy of the drugs after reports of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots in patients treated with the hormone. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Alvaro Roman Gutierrez alleges that Pfizer and its unit Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. LLC, conducted a “disease mongering” campaign to exaggerate the problem of low testosterone levels in men in order to boost sales of Depo-Testosterone. Gutierrez claims that Pfizer and Pharmacia & Upjohn spent millions of dollars to promote its drug to consumers and, along with other drug companies not ... Read More