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Recent Self Care News

  • Good News, Bad News Regarding Pharmacist OTC Counseling Service

    More than 75% of patients who participated in an OTC counseling service (a self-care/OTC treatment consultation with a follow-up phone call within 1 week) in two community pharmacies found the service to be “very helpful” and believed that it contributed to greater symptom improvement. However, less than half of patients (44.9%) were willing to pay for the service, and those who would pay were willing to spend only up to $5 for up to 5 minutes of the pharmacist’s time.

    August 29th, 2012

  • Review Summarizes Beneficial Effects of Psyllium on Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors

    A review article in the journal Obesity Reviews summarizes the evidence for positive benefits of psyllium fiber on several components of the metabolic syndrome, including body weight, body composition, satiety, glucose and insulin homeostasis, lipids and lipoproteins, blood pressure, and vascular function.

    August 29th, 2012

  • Antioxidants Selenium, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C May Decrease Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

    Among more than 23,000 participants in the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer–Norfolk (EPIC-Norfolk) Study, participants with the highest intake of the dietary antioxidants selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin C were 67% less likely to develop pancreatic cancer within 10 years of recruitment, compared with participants who consumed lower amounts.

    August 29th, 2012

  • Milk Thistle Shows No Benefit for Treatment-Resistant Chronic HCV Infection

    In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted at four U.S. medical centers, the botanical product silymarin—an extract of milk thistle—did not significantly reduce serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels more than placebo in participants with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection that had not responded to interferon-based therapy.

    August 29th, 2012

  • Honey Better Than Placebo for Nocturnal Cough

    In a single-night study that included 270 Israeli children 1 to 5 years of age with nocturnal cough attributed to upper respiratory tract infection, a teaspoon of any of three types of honey administered 30 minutes before bedtime was associated with significant improvements in cough frequency, cough severity, bothersome nature of cough, and child and parent sleep quality.

    August 29th, 2012

  • Caffeine May Improve Motor Symptoms in Parkinsons Disease

    Among 61 patients with Parkinson’s disease, 6 weeks of treatment with caffeine twice daily failed to improve excessive daytime somnolence (the primary study outcome), but it did improve motor manifestations as measured by the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS).

    August 29th, 2012

  • Caffeine May Improve Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease

    Among 61 patients with Parkinson’s disease, 6 weeks of treatment with caffeine twice daily failed to improve excessive daytime somnolence (the primary study outcome), but it did improve motor manifestations as measured by the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS).

    August 29th, 2012

  • Quick Takes

    • Many patients mistake seasonal allergic rhinitis (“hay fever”) symptoms for common cold, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
    • Consumer Reports magazine reveals “Ten Surprising Dangers of Vitamins and Supplements”
    • Nexium could make Rx-to-OTC switch as early as 2014
    • Zoster vaccine not associated with short-term increase in risk for varicella or herpes zoster in patients with immune-mediated diseases
    • Meta-analysis: high-dose vitamin D supplementation (≥800 IU daily) reduces risk of hip fracture by 30% and risk of any nonvertebral fracture by 14%
    • Mindfulness meditation, moderate-intensity exercise may reduce the incidence, duration, and severity of acute respiratory infection illness
    • Curcumin shown to prevent type 2 diabetes in patients with prediabetes
    • Weight gain following smoking cessation may be greater than commonly believed

    August 29th, 2012

  • New Product Alerts

    • Syncol
    • Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts
    • Dulcolax Laxative Tablets for Women
    • Nectresse Sweetener
    • Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) (Rx)

    August 29th, 2012

  • Patient Safety Alerts

    • FDA issues new warning about Reumofan Plus

    August 29th, 2012