Safe Drug Use After a Natural Disaster – helpful information from the FDA

The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the FDA offers the following information on the use of drugs that have been potentially affected by fire, flooding or unsafe water and the use of temperature-sensitive drug products when refrigeration is temporarily unavailable. ——————————————————————————– Drugs Exposed to Excessive Heat, such as Fire The effectiveness of…

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Bird Flu rears its head again

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization Increased preparedness and surveillance urged against variant strain 29 August 2011, Rome – FAO today urged heightened readiness and surveillance against a possible major resurgence of the H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly Bird Flu virus is spreading in Asia and…

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Foods rich in protein, dairy products help dieters preserve muscle and lose belly fat: study

New research suggests a higher-protein, lower-carbohydrate energy-restricted diet has a major positive impact on body composition, trimming belly fat and increasing lean muscle, particularly when the proteins come from dairy products. The study, published in the September issue of the Journal of Nutrition, compared three groups of overweight and obese, but otherwise healthy, premenopausal women….

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Be Red Cross Ready – Hurricane Safety Checklist

Hurricanes are strong storms that cause life- and propertythreatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Know the Difference Hurricane Watch—Hurricane conditions are a threat within 36 hours. Review your hurricane plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a…

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Herb may offer hope for lung disease

RMIT University News RMIT University researchers are recruiting ex-smokers for a new study into the use of a traditional Chinese herb for lung disease. The three-year clinical trial is investigating whether ginseng can improve quality of life and lung function for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an umbrella term for the lung diseases…

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Physical training can substitute effectively as second ‘medication’ for people diagnosed with depression

Southwestern Medical Center News Release Exercise can be as effective as a second medication for as many as half of depressed patients whose condition has not been cured by a single antidepressant medication. UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists involved in the investigation, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, found that both moderate and…

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Scented laundry products emit hazardous chemicals through dryer vents

University of Washington News The same University of Washington researcher who used chemical sleuthing to deduce what’s in fragranced consumer products now has turned her attention to the scented air wafting from household laundry vents. Findings, published online this week in the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, show that air vented from machines using…

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Older adults with too much salt in their diet and too little exercise at greater risk of cognitive decline

Neurobiology of Aging (Journal) Older adults who lead sedentary lifestyles and consume a lot of sodium in their diet may be putting themselves at risk for more than just heart disease. A study led by researchers at Baycrest in Toronto – in collaboration with colleagues at the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal, McGill University…

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CDC report finds people live longer if they practice one or more healthy lifestyle behaviors

CDC Press Release Healthy behaviors include not smoking, eating well, getting regular exercise and limiting alcohol consumption People can live longer if they practice one or more healthy lifestyle behaviors – not smoking, eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, and limiting alcohol – according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control…

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