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Recent Self Care News

  • Largest Meta-Analysis to Date Shows Risks of Aspirin Outweigh Benefits in Primary Prevention

    The largest meta-analysis to date of aspirin treatment in primary prevention suggests that the principal cardiovascular effect is on nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI), with no real benefit in regard to fatal MI, stroke, or CVD death. The reductions in nonfatal MI are offset by an elevated risk of clinically important bleeding events.

    March 19th, 2012

  • Aspirin Use May Increase Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    Data from the European Eye Study—a population-based, cross-sectional study conducted in seven countries from northern to southern Europe—suggest that frequent aspirin use is associated with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and wet late AMD, and that the risk increases with greater aspirin consumption.

    March 19th, 2012

  • Herbal Products for Prostate Cancer May Adversely Affect Thyroid Status

    In a case report in Archives of Internal Medicine, the use of herbal dietary supplements for prostate cancer had adverse effects on thyroid hormone homeostasis in a 73-year-old man.

    March 19th, 2012

  • Quick Takes

    • Prevnar 13 approved for use in adults 50 years of age and older
    • Excedrin relieves headaches faster than Advil? Not anymore, says National Advertising Review Board
    • Survey shows 1 in 3 patients ask pharmacists about nonprescription medications, 1 in 5 ask about vitamins/supplements
    • Transdermal nicotine shows promise for mild cognitive impairment
    • Obesity rates remain high but appear to be holding steady
    • Resveratrol researcher accused of fabrication and falsification of data

    March 19th, 2012

  • Patient Safety Alerts

    • Voluntary Recall of Novartis Consumer Health Products

    March 19th, 2012

  • Upcoming Health Observances

    • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    • National Sleep Awareness Week
    • National Poison Prevention Week
    • American Diabetes Alert Day

    March 19th, 2012

  • Plan B Remains Prescription Only for Women Age 16 Years or Younger

    In a controversial decision, the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step—administered as a single tablet containing levonorgestrel 1.5 mg—will remain a dual-status product, available on a nonprescription basis to women 17 years of age and older but by prescription only to women 16 years of age and younger.

    January 26th, 2012

  • Articles Address Role of Vitamin D in Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Fracture Prevention

    Two articles in the December 20, 2011, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine examine the role of vitamin D deficiency and supplementation in cardiovascular disease, cancer, and fracture prevention.

    January 26th, 2012

  • H. Pylori Eradication Improves Dyspepsia Symptoms

    In the single-center study HEROES (Helicobacter Eradication Relief of Dyspeptic Symptoms) study conducted in Brazil, eradication of H. pylori infection improved symptoms of functional dyspepsia in primary care patients, with a number needed to treat of 8.

    January 26th, 2012

  • Review Reflects on a Century of Progress in Antihistamine Therapy

    A review in the December 2011 issue of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology celebrates the “storied past and promising future” of antihistamines.

    January 26th, 2012