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Study: Antibiotics may make babies chubby

Babies who are treated with antibiotics before 6 months of age are more likely to be chubby, according to a new study published this week in the International Journal of Obesity. Researchers say that exposure to antibiotics, especially early in life, may kill off healthy bacteria in the intestines that affect how our cells absorb nutrients. Preliminary studies have already linked changes in these microbial cells to obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, and other conditions. Yet, direct causal proof has not been found. This new study was the first to analyze the relationship between use of antibiotics and body mass ... Read More

Senator calls for FDA review of OTC energy inhaler

A New York senator is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review the safety and legality of the AeroShot Pure Energy caffeine inhaler, a lipstick-sized canister of caffeine powder and B vitamins, which will hit store shelves in New York and Boston next month. The energy inhaler will be sold over-the-counter with no age restrictions, and is being marketed for its convenience and zero calories. Democrat Charles Schumer warns that the product could be considered a “club drug” and be particularly hazardous to teenagers. If taken with alcohol, the product could have the effects similar to caffeinated alcohol ... Read More

Asthma meds may cause newborn endocrine, metabolic disorders

Pregnant women who use inhaled glucocorticoids to relieve breathlessness that occurs randomly with asthma may be increasing their child’s chances of developing endocrine or metabolic disorders, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study was based on a review of 65,085 mother-child pairs from the Danish National Birth Cohort. Researchers found that children who were exposed to glucocorticoids in utero were nearly 80 percent more likely to develop some type of endocrine or metabolic disorder by the age of 6. The risk was dependent on the frequency of use of ... Read More

OTC asthma inhalers to be phased out by year’s end

Asthma patients who use over-the-counter epinephrine inhalers will have to switch to other types of inhalers, ones that require a doctor’s prescription. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is ordering the popular asthma drugs be phased out by year’s end because they use carbon gas that depletes the Earth’s atmosphere. Epinephrine inhalers, made by Armstrong Pharmaceuticals Inc. and marketed as Primatene Mist, are the only FDA-approved inhalers for the temporary relief of occasional mild asthma that are sold over-the-counter in retail stores without a prescription. The product contains chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to propel the medicine out of the inhaler so that ... Read More

Doctors warned not to give asthma treatment to pregnant women

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning doctors not to give pregnant women a type of asthma treatment to prevent or prolong treatment (beyond 48-72 hours) of preterm labor in either the hospital or outpatient setting because doing so could cause patients to experience heart problems that may result in death. Terbutaline is a medication that is approved by the FDA to treat bronchospasm, or narrowing of the airways, associated with asthma. It is also used to treat bronchitis and emphysema. The drug is sometimes used by doctors for acute obstetric uses, including treating preterm labor and treating uterine ... Read More

FDA warns public to check for stolen Advair inhalers

Consumers and pharmacists who use Advair Diskus inhalers (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol inhalation powder) to treat pulmonary conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should check their inhalers because they may be part of stolen lots of inhalers at risk of compromised safety and efficiency. Certain Advair Diskus inhalers stolen from a distribution warehouse in 2009 have turned up recently in some pharmacies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. These inhalers may have been stored at improper temperatures or humidity levels, been contaminated, or have lost potency and thus are not considered safe. In August 2009, more ... Read More

Parents should protect kids from harmful effects of oil

Families vacationing in the Gulf Coast should monitor the waters for signs of oil in order to prevent their children from being exposed to potentially harmful effects, according to a Fox6 News report. Dr. Erica Liebelt with Children’s Hospital of Alabama says the crude oil leaking into the Gulf waters from the exploded rig off the coast of Louisiana can more easily seep into children’s bodies since they have thinner skin than adults. Also, oil on the skin can cause irritation or rash and even burns if not washed away in a timely manner. The fumes from oil can also ... Read More

Estrogen-only HRT linked to asthma after menopause

A study involving nearly 58,000 women in France over a 12-year period suggests that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may increase a woman’s risk of developing asthma after menopause. Researchers from the Gustave Roussy Institute in France and the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica in Mexico published the findings in the British medical journal, Thorax. The study suggested that women who took HRT were 21 percent more likely to develop asthma than women who did not take HRT. The risk was even greater for women who took estrogen-only HRT compared to the combined estrogen-plus-progestin therapy, with the estrogen-only group at 54 ... Read More