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The FDA has approved the availability of Plan B One-Step (single-dose levonorgestrel 1.5 mg) as a nonprescription product for all women of child-bearing potential.
According to the results of meta-analyses designed to characterize and quantify the risks of particular NSAID regimens, the vascular risks of high-dose diclofenac (and possibly ibuprofen) are similar to coxibs, while naproxen is not associated with an increased risk of major vascular events.
A randomized, controlled trial conducted in Nambour, Australia, provides the first evidence that daily use of sunscreen retards skin photoaging in healthy, middle-aged men and women.
If aspirin is indeed effective for reducing cancer mortality, many middle-aged men at low cardiovascular risk would become candidates for regular aspirin use, based on an updated Markov model that estimated events, costs, life-years, and quality-adjusted life years.
Although gastric reflux appears to be a strong independent risk factor for squamous cancers of the larynx and pharynx, antacids may provide a chemopreventive effect, based on a population-based, case–control study.
In a randomized trial that included 42 patients 4 years of age or older with an active head lice infestation, sodium chloride 1% spray (Licefreee) was shown to be more effective than permethrin 1% crème rinse.
An analysis of data from the Slone Epidemiology Center Birth Defects Study (BDS) provides information about associations between first-trimester use of specific oral and intranasal decongestants and the risk of certain rare birth defects.
Results of a case–cohort study using data from the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial confirm previous reports of increased prostate cancer risk among men with high blood concentrations of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
More than one third of patients with atrial fibrillation receiving oral anticoagulation may also be receiving concomitant aspirin therapy, even in the absence of cardiovascular disease, based on data from the Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (ORBIT-AF).
Ongoing observational follow-up of participants in the Women’s Health Study suggests that long-term use of alternate-day, low-dose aspirin may reduce risk for colorectal cancer in healthy women.