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Researchers aim to understand the potential harm in nanoparticles

When a mineral is broken down into smaller and smaller particles, or nanoparticles, its biological makeup can be affected, turning a seemingly harmless mineral into a potential lethal threat. Understanding which minerals’ nanoparticles pose risks is the work of a group of researchers at Northwest Nazarene University. Chemistry professor Jerry Harris refers to the book, “Asbestos: Silk of the Mineral Kingdom,” which was published in 1946 and touted the benefits of abestos. Asbestos became widely used in the United States throughout the 20th century as insulation because of its affordability and sound absorption. What researchers didn’t learn until decades later ... Read More

New Zealand woman demands inquiry into safety of transvaginal mesh

Jen Branje, 45, is petitioning Parliament in New Zealand to investigate injuries caused by transvaginal mesh, claiming the mesh is dangerous and should be banned until an inquiry examines serious risks associated with the devices. Transvaginal mesh, also called vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders in women, such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Mounting reports of injuries associated with the devices prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct an investigation in which the agency found that complications with the device were not uncommon and ... Read More

Doctors, addiction experts urge FDA not to allow sales of potent new painkilling opioid Zohydro

More than 40 health care, consumer and addiction treatment groups have teamed up to urge drug regulators to rethink the approval of the potent painkiller Zohydro ER, due to hit the market in March. Zohydro is a hydrocodone-based drug from a group of painkillers known as opioid analgesics, which also includes medications such as codeine, morphine, fentanyl and oxycodone. Their pain-fighting effects are due to decreased perception of pain, decreased reaction to pain as well as increased pain tolerance. Side effects include sedation, respiratory depression, and a strong sense of euphoria, which has made it an attractive recreational drug. Opioid ... Read More

FDA warns of fraudulent online pharmacies selling stolen, counterfeit drugs

Websites that illegally sell prescription drugs may not only be selling counterfeit medications and drugs with undisclosed ingredients, they could also put consumers at risk for non-health related issues such as identity theft, computer viruses, and credit card fraud, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The FDA is working with national and international regulatory and law enforcement agencies to crack down on illegal pharmacy websites, and wants consumers to be aware of these fraudulent companies when ordering medications online, particularly websites that claim to be Canadian pharmacies. In June, the agency announced that 1,677 illegal pharmacy websites had been ... Read More

FDA cracking down on companies selling products claiming to prevent, treat or cure head injuries

Some manufacturers of dietary supplements are trying to capitalize on the public’s rising concern over the seriousness of concussions, and are making false and dangerous claims that their products can prevent, treat or even cure brain injuries. Even if a supplement contained no harmful ingredients, that claim alone can be dangerous, says Gary Coody, National Health Fraud Coordinator with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is clamping down on drugs that make such claims, sending warning letters to the companies that manufacture the supplements and warning the public to avoid the products because their claims are not backed ... Read More

Could your diabetes medication cause cancer?

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin to regulate glucose – or sugar – levels in the blood. If left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to serious health complications including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, dementia, amputations due to neuropathy, and blindness. People who are overweight and do not exercise regularly are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Many require medications to keep their blood sugar levels in check. These medications help millions of people manage their disease, but for some, there is a price – dangerous side effects. The warning ... Read More

CDC warning: Hundreds of healthy children die from flu-related complications

Most people know that complications from the flu can be dangerous and even life threatening especially for infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. However, many parents do not realize that even healthy children can die from the flu virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned. That’s why they say getting a seasonal flu shot each year is imperative even for healthy individuals. CDC researchers found that 830 children died from flu-related complications between October 2004 and September 2012. Most of these children never received a flu shot. Pneumonia was the most commonly reported complication ... Read More

Vodka eyeballing trend can cause pain, scarring, blindness

Vodka eyeballing – it is “excruciatingly painful” to quote one YouTuber who demonstrated the practice, and it fails to deliver the intended instant buzz. So why are so many people partaking in this potentially dangerous practice? Vodka eyeballing is not new. The practice of taking a shot glass or bottle of vodka and pouring vodka directly into the eye has been around for a few years. But it has gained in popularity with new YouTube videos appearing in recent weeks. Those who do it are looking for a quick buzz. However, experts say that it is unlikely the practice would ... Read More

FDA warns of dangerous reactions to unapproved respiratory drugs

Two respiratory drugs sold in stores in Spanish-speaking neighborhoods contain illegal drug ingredients that can cause liver failure and severe skin reactions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. The drugs Baczol Antigripal and Expectorante, manufactured by the El Salvador company Laboratorios Lopez, are marketed as a treatment for bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory infections. They contain sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, which have been found to cause liver failure, serious skin reactions and blood cell abnormalities. Some of the drugs also list dipirona on the labels, which is a nonsteroidial anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is not legal in the United States. ... Read More

FDA launches program to stop importation of dangerous, ineffective drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has implemented a new pilot program designed to crack down on the import of contaminated, misbranded or unapproved drugs into the United States. The Secure Supply Chain Pilot Program will help ensure the safety of drugs manufactured outside the country, but will also help qualified drug companies in the program by expediting their approval processes so that the agency can focus on drugs not in the program that may need closer inspection to ensure safety. In order to qualify to be in the program, pharmaceutical companies must be the sponsor of a New Drug ... Read More