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Recent Self Care News

  • Daily Aspirin for Cancer Prevention?

    Two studies by Rothwell and colleagues—one examining the effect of daily aspirin on cancer incidence and mortality, one evaluating the effect of daily aspirin on the risk of cancer metastasis—add to the growing body of evidence supporting a role for aspirin in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

    May 1st, 2012

  • Misinformation Regarding Emergency Contraception May Create Barriers to Access

    A telephone study conducted in five major U.S. cities indicates that pharmacies may not be providing accurate information about emergency contraception to adolescents and their physicians, thereby possibly creating barriers to timely access.

    May 1st, 2012

  • Too Much Selenium May Be Harmful

    Although selenium supplementation may be beneficial to people who are deficient in that micronutrient, people with serum or plasma selenium concentrations ≥122 μg/L—including a large proportion of the U.S. population—should not use selenium supplements, according to a review published in Lancet.

    May 1st, 2012

  • Study of Dose Response to Vitamin D Supplementation Supports Recommended Dietary Allowances

    In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial that included 163 healthy postmenopausal white women with vitamin D insufficiency, a vitamin D3 dosage of 800 IU/day increased serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-[OH]D) levels to >50 nmol/L in 97.5% of participants.

    May 1st, 2012

  • Quick Takes

    • Fewer than 2% of American adults meet all seven American Heart Association cardiovascular health metrics
    • Review of dietary supplements for weight loss finds little evidence of effectiveness
    • More frequent chocolate consumption associated with lower body mass index
    • American Diabetes Association releases new Diabetes Risk Test on Facebook
    • Link found between frequent use of NSAIDs and increased incidence of Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis
    • Vitamin E has no effect on heart failure risk
    • Ibuprofen appears to be effective in reducing the incidence of acute mountain sickness

    May 1st, 2012

  • New Product Alerts

    • FluMist Quadrivalent
    • QNASL (beclomethasone dipropionate) Nasal Aerosol
    • St. Josephs product line extensions
    • Mederma Advanced Scar Gel

    May 1st, 2012

  • Upcoming Health Observances

    • Arthritis Awareness Month
    • Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®
    • National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
    • National High Blood Pressure Education Month
    • National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
    • National Women's Health Week
    • National Women's Check-up Day
    • World No Tobacco Day

    May 1st, 2012

  • FDA Considers Making More Medications Available Without a Prescription

    In a proposed new paradigm, certain drugs that otherwise would require a prescription would be made available on a nonprescription basis under specific conditions of safe use, which might include pharmacist intervention.

    April 4th, 2012

  • Regular Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors Increases Hip Fracture Risk by 35%

    In an evaluation of data from the Nurses’ Health Study, chronic use of proton pump inhibitors by postmenopausal women was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture. The strongest risk was observed in women with the longest duration of use or a history of smoking.

    April 4th, 2012

  • Supplementation With B Vitamins, Omega-3 Fatty Acids Does Not Protect Against Cancer

    Secondary analyses of data from the Supplementation With Folate, Vitamins B6 and B12 and/or Omega-3 Fatty Acids (SU.FOL.OM3) secondary prevention trial found no beneficial effects of supplementation with relatively low doses of B vitamins and/or omega-3 fatty acids on cancer incidence or mortality in men and women with prior cardiovascular disease.

    April 4th, 2012