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Recent Self Care News

  • Omeprazole OTC Bests Lansoprazole OTC for Gastric Acid Control

    In one of the largest crossover studies of its kind to date, nonprescription omeprazole (omeprazole magnesium 20.6 mg) was found to be significantly better than nonprescription lansoprazole (lansoprazole 15 mg) with respect to 24-hour gastric acid suppression.

    April 20th, 2010

  • Red Clover May Improve Anxiety, Depression in Postmenopausal Women

    Data from a small study of postmenopausal women indicate that isoflavones derived from red clover extracts (MF11RCE) may be effective for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

    April 20th, 2010

  • Anatomy of a Measles Outbreak: The Impact of Vaccination Refusal

    Pharmacists who struggle to defend the benefits of immunization to parents fearful of adverse vaccine effects may be particularly interested in an article in the April 2010 issue of Pediatrics.

    April 20th, 2010

  • Aspirin Not Beneficial for Reducing Vascular Events in Healthy People With a Low Ankle Brachial Index

    Data from the Aspirin for Asymptomatic Atherosclerosis trial have cast additional doubt on the value of aspirin therapy for people without clinical cardiovascular disease. In that trial, the administration of aspirin (compared with placebo) did not result in a significant reduction in vascular events among healthy people deemed to be at increased risk because of a low ankle brachial index (ABI).

    April 20th, 2010

  • Study Questions Value of Low Systolic Blood Pressure Goal in Patients With Diabetes

    Targeting a normal systolic blood pressure (i.e., <120 mm Hg) in high-risk patients with type 2 diabetes does not reduce major cardiovascular events and may even be harmful, based on results from the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) blood pressure trial (ACCORD BP).

    April 20th, 2010

  • Should First-Generation Antihistamines Be Available By Prescription Only?

    Citing consumer protection and the widespread availability of second-generation antihistamines with superior risk/benefit ratios, a task force convened by the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA2LEN) has recommended that first-generation antihistamines should no longer be available on a nonprescription basis.

    March 12th, 2010

  • Most Lactose-Intolerant Individuals Can Tolerate Some Dairy Consumption

    Among the conclusions of a recent National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on lactose intolerance and health is the observation that in most cases, individuals with real or perceived lactose intolerance do not need to eliminate dairy consumption completely.

    March 12th, 2010

  • Immunizations in the News

    • At its February 2010 meeting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to expand the recommendation for annual influenza vaccination to include all people ages 6 months and older. The expanded recommendation is expected to take effect for the 2010–2011 U.S. influenza season.

    March 12th, 2010

  • Combination of Walking and Glucosamine Sulfate May Improve Osteoarthritis Symptoms

    In a study of 36 sedentary adults (42 to 73 years of age) with mild to moderate hip or knee osteoarthritis, the combination of a home-based walking program—at least 3,000 steps per day, in bouts of at least 1,500 steps each, on at least 3 days per week—and glucosamine sulfate provided significant health-related benefits, including reduced pain and stiffness and increased physical function.

    March 12th, 2010

  • Study Finds Survival Advantage Among Women With Breast Cancer Who Take Aspirin

    Data from the Nurses’ Health Study suggest that aspirin use after a breast cancer diagnosis may decrease a woman’s risk of both metastasis and death from the disease by as much as 50%.

    March 12th, 2010