January 18, 2010

The Good News: No Anal Leakage

1 Counterfeit Alli in Circulation, Says FDA

A counterfeit version of the weight loss drug Alli containing a potentially dangerous substance is in circulation, warns the FDA today. The fake Alli contains no orlistat, the active ingredient of Alli. Instead it contains the controlled substance sibutramine, another drug used in the treatment of obesity. The potential danger arises if a patient were to unknowingly take the counterfeit Alli while also taking other drugs that could have dangerous interactions with sibutramine. Other than the possible interaction danger, sibutramine is considered a relatively safe drug. The counterfeit Alli capsules contain a white powder, while genuine capsules contain small white pellets.

More at Food and Drug Administration | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

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Don't Walk and Talk

2 Cell Phones Distract Pedestrians

We all know by now about the potential problems of driving while talking on a cell phone, but new research from Ohio State University suggests that distracted walking is also becoming a big problem. They say more than 1,000 people visited hospital emergency rooms in 2008 because they fell, tripped or ran into something while distracted when talking on a cell phone. That was twice the number of incidents reported in 2007, which had nearly twice as many incidents as 2006. Many more people are certainly injured but don't visit the hospital. Some of the more serious injuries included a teen who walked into a telephone pole and suffered a concussion and a man who fractured a finger while talking and walking. About half of the injuries occurred in people younger than 30, and a quarter in people

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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New Perspective in War on Fat

3 Obese Kids Benefit from Overweight Programs

New guidelines in the assessment and treatment of obese children were recommended Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an influential advisory panel that advocates a program of rigorous diet, increased activity and counseling in the treatment of childhood obesity. This new advice could serve as a template to create childhood obesity programs which the panel recognizes are often hard to find and costly. In addition, the findings, which were published online in the journal Pediatrics, could prevent insurance companies from withholding coverage by arguing that obesity programs don’t work. The new research indicates that intensive treatment can help children lose enough weight to reduce the risks of diabetes and other health problems commonly associated with obesity.

More at The Huffington Post | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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