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Recent Self Care News

  • Red Yeast Rice Comparable to Pravastatin in Statin-Intolerant Patients

    Red yeast rice may be an acceptable alternative to statin therapy in patients with statin-associated myalgia (SAM), based on the results of a randomized, double-blind trial published in the January 15, 2010 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.

    February 8th, 2010

  • St. John’s Wort Less Effective Than Placebo for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Despite being a possible inhibitor of serotonin uptake—and thus potentially having a mechanism of action similar to that of tegaserod and alosetron—St. John’s wort proved to be less effective than placebo in a small study of patients with irritable bowel syndrome.

    February 8th, 2010

  • Quick Takes

    • In a recommendation statement published in the February 2010 issue of Pediatrics, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advises clinicians to screen children 6 years of age and older for obesity and offer them or refer them to intensive counseling and behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight status. (Pediatrics. 2010;125:361-7. [Epub Jan 18, 2010])

    February 8th, 2010

  • New Product Alert

    Metamucil Clear & Natural
    The fiber supplement Fibersure, which contain 5 g of inulin fiber per teaspoon, has been renamed Metamucil Clear & Natural.

    January 25th, 2010

  • Patient Safety Alerts

    McNeil Consumer Healthcare Products Recall

    January 25th, 2010

  • News Briefs

    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released updated 2010 immunization schedules for children, adolescents, and adults. All of the schedules and related resources can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/default.htm.

    January 25th, 2010

  • Accuracy of Liquid Medication Dose Influenced by Size of Spoon

    A study from Cornell University suggests that patients who continue to use household spoons to measure doses of liquid medications are likely to pour too much or too little medication, depending on the size of the spoon.

    January 25th, 2010

  • Smoking Cessation Leads to Higher Short-Term Risk for Diabetes

    Smoking cessation increases a person’s risk of developing diabetes in the short term, based on longitudinal data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study.

    ARIC is an ongoing, prospective cohort study involving more than 15,000 American adults who were 45 to 64 years of age at the time of enrollment. The current analysis was based on follow-up data through 2004 for 9,398 participants who did not have diabetes either at baseline or at an initial follow-up clinic visit 3 years later.

    January 25th, 2010

  • Ginkgo Has No Effect on Age-Related Cognitive Decline, Cardiovascular Events

    Data from the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) trial—a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of 3,069 community-dwelling participants 72 to 96 years of age—show no effect of Ginkgo biloba supplements on either (1) the rate of cognitive decline in older adults with normal cognition or mild cognitive impairment or (2) the incidence of cardiovascular events.

    January 25th, 2010

  • No Reduction in Menopause Symptoms With Black Cohosh or Red Clover

    In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that included 89 women, neither black cohosh nor red clover proved to be any more effective than placebo in relieving menopausal vasomotor symptoms.

    Women were eligible for the 12-month trial if they experienced at least 35 vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes and night sweats) per week. Participants were assigned to one of four treatment arms:
    • An ethanolic extract of below-ground parts of black cohosh (128 mg/day standardized to 7.27 mg triterpene glycosides).

    January 25th, 2010