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Recent Self Care News

  • Patient Safety Alert

    Maalox Total Relief

    The FDA has issued a warning about the potential for serious adverse effects from product mix-ups involving Maalox Total Relief and other Maalox products. Maalox Total Relief is a liquid formulation of bismuth subsalicylate (525 mg/15 mL); all other Maalox liquid products (Maalox Advanced Regular Strength and Maalox Advanced Maximum Strength) are antacids.

    February 22nd, 2010

  • New Product Alert

    First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test
    The First Response Early Result pregnancy test can now detect human chorionic gonadotropin in a woman’s urine 6 days before the first missed period. This is one day sooner than other currently marketed home pregnancy tests.

    February 22nd, 2010

  • New Review Addresses Use of Herbal Products, Potential Interactions in Patients With Cardiovascular Disease

    Possible cardiovascular adverse effects of common herbal remedies—including interactions with cardiovascular drugs—are addressed in a “State-of-the-Art Paper” in the February 9, 2010, issue of Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

    February 22nd, 2010

  • Caregivers More Likely to Make Dosing Errors With Medication Cups

    In a study that compared caregivers’ dosing accuracy using a range of common dosing devices, medication cups were specifically associated with large overdosing errors, with caregivers who had low health literacy most likely to make errors.

    February 22nd, 2010

  • Report Calls for National Strategy to Make Vaccines a Regular Part of Adult Medical Care

    According to a February 2010 report titled “Adult Immunization: Shots to Save Lives,” millions of American adults go without routine and recommended vaccinations each year, which leads to an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 preventable deaths, thousands of preventable illnesses, and $10 billion in preventable health care costs annually. The issue brief is a joint publication of the Trust for America's Health, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    February 22nd, 2010

  • Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Asthma Severity in Adults

    Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print]
    A study published ahead of print in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found a significant and deleterious association between reduced serum vitamin D levels and lung function, airway hyperresponsiveness, and glucocorticoid sensitivity in 54 adults with persistent asthma. The findings suggest that vitamin D supplementation has the potential to improve multiple parameters of asthma severity and treatment response.

    February 22nd, 2010

  • Quick Takes

    Quick Takes

    • The February 6, 2010, issue of The Lancet includes a formal retraction of the 1998 paper by Wakefield and colleagues that suggested a link between the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine and autism in children. The retraction states that several claims in the original paper—notably, claims that children were “consecutively referred” and that investigations were “approved” by the local ethics committee—have been proven to be false. (Lancet. 2010;375[9713]:445.)

    February 22nd, 2010

  • New American Heart Association Special Report Defines “Ideal” Cardiovascular Health

    A new special report from the American Heart Association (AHA) defines “poor,” “intermediate,” and “ideal” cardiovascular health, using measures based on seven health factors and lifestyle behaviors. Adults are considered to be in ideal cardiovascular health if all of the measures—dubbed “Life’s Simple 7”— are present:
    • Never smoked, or quit more than 1 year ago.
    • Body mass index (BMI) less than 25.
    • Physical activity of at least 150 minutes (moderate intensity) or 75 minutes (vigorous intensity) per week.

    February 8th, 2010

  • Study Finds Similar Weight Loss With Low-Carbohydrate Diet or Orlistat Plus Low-Fat Diet

    In the first randomized clinical trial to compare a low-carbohydrate diet with the combination of orlistat plus a low-fat diet, weight loss was similar for both approaches, but the low-carbohydrate diet was more effective for lowering blood pressure.

    A total of 146 overweight or obese outpatients (mean age 52 years, mean body mass index 39.3) from the Department of Veterans Affairs primary care clinics in Durham, North Carolina, were assigned to one of two interventions:
    • A low-carbohydrate diet that restricted carbohydrate initially to <20 g/day but did not restrict calorie intake.

    February 8th, 2010

  • Vitamin D With Calcium—But Not Vitamin D Alone—Reduces the Overall Risk of Fracture

    Data from 68,517 adult men and women (mean age 69.6 years) indicates that vitamin D given alone in doses of 10 to 20 µg (400 to 800 IU) is not effective in preventing fractures. In contrast, the combination of vitamin D and calcium reduces hip fractures and total fractures—and probably vertebral fractures—irrespective of age, sex, or previous fractures.

    February 8th, 2010