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Recent Self Care News

  • Soy Supplements Fail to Reduce Prostate Cancer Recurrence

    In a randomized, double-blind trial that enrolled 177 men at high risk of recurrence after radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer, daily consumption of a soy protein isolate supplement for 2 years did not reduce biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer (PSA level ≥0.07 ng/mL).

    August 22nd, 2013

  • Marine Fatty Acids May Protect Against Breast Cancer

    A systematic review and meta-analysis of 26 eligible publications—encompassing 21 independent prospective cohort studies and 883,585 participants—found an association between higher consumption of dietary marine omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (including dietary supplements) and a lower risk of breast cancer.

    August 22nd, 2013

  • Quick Takes

    • NIH launches Dietary Supplement Label Database
    • U.S. News web site lists pharmacists’ “Top Recommended Health Products”
    • Flu vaccine averts 13 million illnesses and more than 110,00 hospitalizations over the last 6 years
    • Consumer Healthcare Products Association adopts voluntary labeling guidelines for caffeine-containing dietary supplements
    • Clostridium difficile infection linked to proton pump inhibitors
    • Calcium, vitamin D supplements help to prevent hip fractures in women taking postmenopausal hormone therapy
    • Vitamin D deficiency associated with functional limitations in older adults
    • Primary care providers discussed dietary supplements in 25% of patient encounters
    • First aid kit celebrates 125th birthday

    August 22nd, 2013

  • New Product Alerts

    • Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine
    • Goody’s Headache Relief Shot
    • Alka Seltzer Fruit Chews
    • Estroven Weight Management

    August 22nd, 2013

  • Patient Safety Alerts

    • Sunscreen sprays and open flames

    August 22nd, 2013

  • Upcoming Health Observances

    • Healthy Aging Month
    • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
    • National Cholesterol Education Month
    • National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month
    • National Women's Health & Fitness Day
    • Bone and Joint Health National Action Week
    • American Diabetes Month
    • COPD Awareness Month
    • National Healthy Skin Month
    • Great American Smokeout
    • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week

    August 22nd, 2013

  • Supplemental Calcium Associated With Increased Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in Men

    In a large cohort of AARP members, supplemental calcium intake was associated with elevated cardiovascular disease mortality in men but not in women.

    May 29th, 2013

  • Study Finds No Causal Link Between Orlistat Use and Acute Liver Injury

    The results of a self-controlled case series study suggest that the increased risk of liver injury linked to the start of orlistat treatment may reflect changes in health status associated with the decision to begin treatment rather than any causal effect of the drug.

    May 29th, 2013

  • FDA Okays Wider Use of Plan B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive

    The FDA has extended nonprescription access to the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step to all women 15 years of age and older.

    May 29th, 2013

  • Carcinogenicity of Ginkgo Disputed

    The American Herbal Products Association has taken issue with the results of National Toxicology Program studies on the toxicology and carcinogenesis of Ginkgo biloba extract.

    May 29th, 2013