HOTTOPIC: Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder after asbestos traces found

The company will recall 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after the FDA found traces of the carcinogen. Johnson & Johnson has said it is recalling about 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – the federal health regulator – found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle purchased online. The voluntary recall is limited to one lot of a product called Johnson’s Baby Powder that was produced and shipped in the US in…

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HOTTOPIC: Find help to quit vaping and smoking

Federal and state officials have reported hundreds of total possible cases of pulmonary disease and several deaths that may be related to vaping. Yale Medicine in early September shared what it deemed a “startling” statistic: More than 3.6 million middle- and high-school students currently use e-cigarettes. The report explained vaping — to inhale vapor created from a liquid heated up inside a device — and pointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current warnings regarding health risks: “Federal and state officials have reported hundreds of total possible cases…

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HOTTOPIC: Prevention tips for cold and flu

Definitely avoid, when possible, close contact with sick people. Many pharmacies and even grocery stores already tout signage and advertisements announcing the beginning of cold and flu season and the need for protective flu shots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides comprehensive information on the 2019-20 influenza season at cdc.gov/flu, and emphasizes some ways to avoid getting the flu in the first place: ‒ Avoid, when possible, close contact with sick people. ‒ While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible. ‒ Especially when experiencing the…

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Vaping: Death toll rise to 26, illnesses to 1,299

A mysterious respiratory sickness related to e-cigarette use is spreading, and the epidemic shows no sign of abating. United States health officials on Thursday reported 26 deaths and 1,299 confirmed and probable cases so far from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1,080 cases and 18 deaths from the illness. As of October 8, confirmed deaths were reported from 21 states, including one each from California, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania. Investigators have not…

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Up in smoke: Alibaba to stop selling vape components in US

The Chinese e-commerce giant’s move follows decisions by US firms to pull e-cigarettes from shelves as illnesses rise. Alibaba’s presence in the United States vaping market is evaporating after it said it will stop selling e-cigarette components there. The Chinese e-commerce firm is the latest company to announce that it would clamp down on offering e-cigarette products to US buyers amid growing regulatory scrutiny into reports of lung disease and deaths linked to vaping. Alibaba’s decision on Wednesday follows announcements by Kroger Co and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc this week that…

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Trio wins Nobel Prize for Medicine for work on cells, oxygen

Two US scientists, one from the UK awarded Nobel Prize for finding how cells adapt to fluctuating oxygen levels. Professor Randall Johnson of the Nobel Commitee presents the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine in Stockholm [Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency/Reuters] Two scientists from the United States and one from the United Kingdom won the 2019 Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for finding how cells adapt to fluctuating oxygen levels, paving the way for new strategies to fight diseases such as anaemia and cancer. The Nobel committee said US…

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FTC seeks data on advertising and sales for e-cigarette companies

US regulator appears to be taking first steps in a larger investigation of marketing practices by vaping firms. The United States Federal Trade Commission has ordered a half-dozen e-cigarette companies to turn over sales and advertising data, the federal regulator said on Thursday in the first sign of a likely probe into the companies’ marketing practices. The order was sent to Juul Labs Inc, RJ Reynolds Vapor Company, Fontem US Inc, Logic Technology Development LLC, Nu Mark LLC and NJOY LLC, the FTC said in a statement. The FTC is…

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Johnson & Johnson avoids opioid trial with $20m Ohio settlement

The company is the fourth US drugmaker to settle claims against it for fuelling the US opioid crisis. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) said on Tuesday it will pay $20.4m to settle claims by two Ohio counties, allowing the United States healthcare giant to avoid an upcoming federal trial seeking to hold the industry responsible for the nation’s opioid epidemic. J&J became the fourth drugmaker to settle claims ahead of the Federal Court trial against multiple manufacturers and distributors in Cleveland scheduled for later this month. The case is considered a…

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CDC: There could be hundreds more cases of vaping-related illness

The outbreak prompted Massachusetts on Tuesday to impose a four-month ban on sales of all vaping products. Hundreds more Americans have been sickened by a severe vaping-related illness, with the official tally set to be updated on Thursday, according to a United States health official speaking at a congressional hearing on Tuesday. The US Congress’s House of Representatives began public hearings this week about the mystery lung disease that, as of last week, had sickened 530 people in 38 states. The illness has also claimed the lives of nine people. “We…

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As Abortion Access Dwindles, This App Offers Safe, Discreet Options

Obtaining medically accurate information about abortion can be difficult yet dire for pregnant people desperate for answers. Each year, 25 million unsafe abortions are performed around the world. The rate of unsafe abortions is higher where access to skilled providers and effective contraception is limited or unavailable, or where sexual education is lacking. Accessing medically accurate information about abortion can be a sensitive pursuit for people desperate for answers; it’s particularly dire if they’re pregnant without wanting to be. Decisions based on misinformation can lead to disability—and even death. Earlier…

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‘Rare’ cancers are common, so why the lack of research funding?

The term ‘rare cancer’ encompasses 198 different diseases, according to the European Information Network. When Eleftherios Stavropoulos plays with his 11-year-old son, George, he tries not to wonder whether he will live long enough to see his boy graduate from high school, earn his college degree or get married. Stavropoulos, who started treatment for his rare stage four cancer on his 49th birthday in June, isn’t sure what life will hold. But he’s determined to do everything he can to beat his illness –  and to help others facing diseases…

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Trump administration announces plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar says FDA will be removing non-tobacco flavours from vaping market. United States President Donald Trump has told reporters that the country has a problem with vaping, and his top health official said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market. US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters at a meeting with Trump in the Oval Office on Wednesday that children were becoming addicted to nicotine due to attractive…

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‘It is time to stop vaping’: 6th US death linked to lung illness

Health officials have yet to fault specific e-cigarette device as potential cause in outbreak of major health problems. A resident of the state of Kansas was the sixth person to die in the United States of a mysterious respiratory illness related to vaping, state authorities said on Tuesday. “It is time to stop vaping,” Kansas State Health Officer Lee Norman said in a statement, as public health officials scrambled to understand what has quickly become a nationwide problem. “If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop,” said Norman.…

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Eating bugs: Nutrition is proven but not their effects

Nytimes.com last September shared that the American market for edible insects exceeded $55 million in 2017 and is expected to keep climbing as more companies create nutritionally appealing products. Bugs: We squish them, spray them and shoo them. But eat them? A large percentage of the world’s population — an estimated 2 billion people, in fact — already eat insects because of nutritional content and accessibility, according to anthropology resource sapiens.org: “In Thailand, street vendors push carts stocked with trays of deep-fried grasshoppers, water bugs and other seasoned insects. In…

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Doctors urge public to QUIT vaping as deaths, illnesses rise

The American Medical Association has discouraged e-cigarette use until scientists better understand their effects. The American Medical Association has urged Americans to stop using electronic cigarettes of any sort until scientists have a better handle on the cause of 450 lung illnesses and at least five deaths related to the use of the products. The AMA, one of the nation’s most influential physician groups, also called on doctors to inform patients about the dangers of e-cigarettes, including toxins and carcinogens, and swiftly report any suspected cases of lung illness associated…

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